ROURKELA: A youth of Rourkela on Monday started a long march from here to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remind him of his promises made for Rourkela city which remain unfulfilled. Muktikanta Biswal, son of an idol maker of Sector-2, was seen off by members of various voluntary outfits and local political leaders from Khariabahal of Sector-2. Members of the Rourkela Bar Association including former president Ramesh Bal and others extended best wishes to Biswal.
Biswal said he was thinking of visiting the PM on foot for the last one year and finally decided to leave for New Delhi on Monday in larger interest of the people of Rourkela city and Sundargarh district. The PM would be requested to complete construction of the second Brahmani bridge as part of NH 143 expansion project and upgrade the RSP-run Ispat General Hospital (IGH) into Super Specialty Hospital and Medical College as promised by him in April 2015, he added.
Convenor of Yuva Jagruti Manch Gopal Jena said his friend Biswal decided to go on foot to meet the PM and they have extended him necessary support in the noble cause. A route chart has been prepared for Biswal who would travel through Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to reach New Delhi covering around 1,538 km after two months. Biswal would cover 20-25 km on foot daily and take rest at appropriate locations. After leaving Sector-2, Biswal reached Vedvyas from where he would leave for Birmitrapur in Sundargarh district at 4 am on Tuesday.