Bamra (Sambalpur): Ambamunda village has a unique identity.
Located about 1.5 km from the block headquarters of Bamra, the village in under Ward 17 of Govindpur gram panchayat. Interestingly, while half of the village is located in Bamra block of Sambalpur district, the other half comes under Jammal gram panchayat in Laikera block of Jharsuguda district. And accordingly, the village has been divided into Upparpada and Talpada to differentiate their location.
There is a marked difference in the quality of life in the two portions of the village. Inhabited by 22 families, Talpada is under Bamra block while 32 families inhabit Upparpada.
Ironically, the residents of Talapda are yet to get any of the benefits declared by the State Government. Although 22 families of Talapda are enrolled under BPL category, the area is devoid of electricity and villagers face acute drinking water problem. They live in small hutments and none has received any housing assistance under Indira Awas Yojana of Mo Kudia scheme.
On the other hand, Upparpada has electricity and families avail all benefits under Government welfare schemes.
However, Revenue Inspector of Bamra, Prashanta Kumar Nanda said the entire Ambamunda is in Jharsuguda district.
He said people often confuse it with village Bad Dumermunda, located across the road leading to the Ambamunda.