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Seedlings of Dissension Over Poor Road Maintenance Planted in India

<i> Associated Press</i>

Villagers in a rain-battered southern state plowed a highway riddled with potholes and planted rice seedlings Sunday to protest poor maintenance of roads.

Farmers in Chettikulam village in Tamil Nadu state yoked bulls to their plows and dug up the road linking them to a nearby town, Press Trust of India reported. Dozens of others then planted rice seedlings on the freshly dug-up road.

Activists of the Sewa Dal, a social welfare group that organized the protest, warned that farmers would plow all the roads in Nagercoil town--about 1,450 miles south of New Delhi at India’s tip--if authorities do not quickly fix the potholes.


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