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Rain disrupts transportation of polling materials in Arunachal
Published on 10 Oct. 2009 12:09 AM IST
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The election authorities in Arunachal Pradesh are facing a tough time in sending poll officials and materials to various remote booths of the state as choppers have not been able to take off on time over the last couple of days due to inclement weather. Despite requisition of nearly hundred helicopter sorties for transporting men and materials by the election office here, inclement weather had forced the authorities to send the polling officials on foot to all the inaccessible and remote polling stations, sources today said. Dispatch of polling officials already started since Wednesday, reported UNI. In Dibang Valley, one the most inaccessible districts, poll personnel started their five-day trek to reach the polling stations. According to official reports, in spite of heavy rain, the first batch of polling teams had left yesterday to their respective destinations by foot march after Indian Air Force chopper failed to land. It will take almost five days to reach their destinations after traversing hostile terrains. The election authority of Kurung Kumey is waiting for the weather to clear up. Despite several efforts since Wednesday, polling teams for remote Tali constituency could not be airlifted. However, the teams started foot march from today as the weather condition failed to improve. Incessant rain since October 5 last has posed a major challenge before the election machinery of West Kameng district. In Lower Dibang Valley district, the polling teams for seven stations would move to their respective destinations tomorrow. However, in case of disruption of road communication, Pawan Hans Helicopter would be placed into service for lifting of olling personnel and materials from Roing to Desali, Paglam, Dambuk and Hunli. Of the 152 polling stations (two auxiliaries), the polling station at Rowta Range Office under Kalaktang constituency is 373 kms by road from the ARO office and Dilling Primary School under Bomdila constituency is 40 kms foot march from the road head.

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