Kendrapara (Odisha): A structure built to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s one-night stay at a village here in the early 30s is facing a threat from the advancing Govari river.
The residents of Barimula village had built a memorial to mark Gandhiji’s overnight stay at a house on January 30, 1934 after he held a padayatra and a public meeting there.
The residents of the village had for a long time been pleading with the administration to check the erosion, but nothing was done till the local chapter of the human rights commission took up the matter with the state Irrigation Department.
The collector of Kendrapara, Pradipta Kishore Pattnaik, said, “The rights panel has sought a compliance report with regard to the safety of the structure and the administration has asked the Water Resources Department to draw up a plan to stop the erosion.”
Bhabani Shankar Ojha, a Zilla Parishad member, said that not just the memorial, but the village itself was being threatened by the Govari.