Odisha man on foot march to re­mind PM of his prom­ises

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AGRA: A man from Odisha, who set off set on a foot jour­ney from Rourkela to New Delhi April 16 to meet Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, col­lapsed while walk­ing through Agra on na­tional high­way 2 on Thursday.

A few lo­cals spot­ted him and took him to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal. How­ever, he is intent on re­sum­ing the jour­ney as soon as the hos­pi­tal dis­charges him.

Murti Biswal wants to meet Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and re­mind him of the prom­ises of a su­per spe­cialty hos­pi­tal and a new bridge on river Brah­mani which he made dur­ing a visit to Rourkela in 2015.

“I want to meet the Prime Min­is­ter and re­mind him of the prom­ises he made on April 1, 2015. He as­sured us of con­vert­ing the ‘Is­pat gen­eral hos­pi­tal’ in the dis­trict which serves peo­ple from vil­lages of Jhark­hand, Ch­hat­tis­garh and West Ben­gal also, into a su­per-spe­cialty hos­pi­tal. The bridge over the Brah­mani River is in a mis­er­able state. He promised con­struc­tion of a new bridge too, but no prom­ise has been ful­filled as yet,” said Biswal.

Hav­ing been on the road for the past two months, he has come across peo­ple who sup­port him and his cause, as op­posed to the dis­missal that he re­ceived from peo­ple of his home town.

Rau­rkela is one of the cities cho­sen un­der the smart city pro­ject.

Biswal claims that the gen­eral hos­pi­tal is ex­tremely ill-equipped to even deal with cases of ac­ci­dent and that spe­cial­ist doc­tors are al­most never present there. He and his friends have taken peo­ple in­jured in road ac­ci­dents to the hos­pi­tal mul­ti­ple times, but the lack of fa­cil­i­ties there proved to be fa­tal for the pa­tients.

He claims that for he has writ­ten let­ters to the PMO and ap­proached the lo­cal BJP MLA, Dilip Ku­mar Ray and cab­i­net min­is­ter of Tribal Af­fairs, Jual Oram, all in vain.

BISWAL CLAIMS THAT THE GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL IS ILL­EQUIPPED TO EVEN DEAL WITH CASES OF AC­CI­DENT AND THAT SPE­CIAL­IST DOC­TORS ARE AL­MOST NEVER PRESENT THERE

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Murti Biswal reaches Agra on his walk jour­ney to New Delhi.

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