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Six villages inaccessible by roads even in dry season

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Aizawl: Polling officials will have to travel by boats to reach at least six villages in Mizoram, which are inaccessibly by road even in dry season.

Mizoram Election department officials said that there are 19 villages in the state where water transport is required. Of these 19 villages, water transport is required for six villages even during dry season. 

State Additional Chief Electoral Officer H Lianzela told Zoram Chronicle on Tuesday that such villages only accessible by boat are in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei and Lawngtlai district and Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district.

Lianzela said that there are 10 villages in West Tuipui assembly constituency and 4 villages in Thorang Assembly seat, both near Bangladesh border in Lunglei district.

There are 4 villages in Lawngtlai West assembly seat bordering Myanmar and 1 village in Mamit constituency bordering Bangladesh, he said.

The 6 villages where water transport is required even during dry season are 3 in West Tuipui assembly seat, 2 in Thorang seat and 1 in Mamit assembly seat.

There are also 22 polling stations where polling parties have to move by foot. The villages are located in Lunglei district (11), Mamit district (6) and Lawngtlai district (5).

At least 39 polling stations in 6 districts have been identified as ‘critical’, Lianzela said, adding that Mamit district has the largest number of critical polling station at 13, followed by Assam border Kolasib district (7) and Myanmar border Champhai district (4).

Aizawl district, Saitual district and Lawngtlai district each have 3 critical polling stations. The critical polling stations are mainly situated along the international border areas and interstate border areas.

Meanwhile, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas said that district administrations having polling stations where polling parties have to move by foot were already instructed to coordinate with the PWD officials to improve the roads by making them accessible by vehicles before the date of polling.

“We are expecting to receive the progress reports that will decrease the number of polling stations being inaccessible by vehicles,” Vyas said.

Polling for the election to the 40-member state legislative assembly is to be held on November 7 in a single phase and counting of votes on December 3.

 

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