Jajpur: Improving transport facility for the passengers in remote villages in mineral rich Jajpur district, Odisha government today launched bus service to malnutrition-hit Nagada.
The bus will ply between Chandikhole and Nagada via Kuakhia Jaraka, Panikoili, Sukinda and Kalinganagar industrial area.
The bus service was flagged off by Sukinda MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai and Jajpur collector Ranjan Kumar Das at Danagadi.
“The road has been constructed at expenditure of Rs 20 crore for improving the road communication to Nagada. The transport system has been made to connect not only Nagada, but also entire area of the district. Tribals of Nagada residing atop the hills will be benefited with the launch of bus service as they can carry their produces to other locations for sale,” said Ghadai.
Although, the road construction work was finished six months ago, there was no public transport service to reach Nagada and other remote areas. The commuters were going on their own arrangement, said collector Ranjan Das.
The City Ride bus has been permitted to start operation at 6 am from Chandikhole and reach at Jajpur Road at around 9 am, he said.
Nagada had drawn the attention of both national and international media following malnourished deaths of children in the villages located atop the hills in the district. Since then, the state government has been launching several schemes and programmes for the locals in Nagada to improve their condition of living.