Andhra Pradesh: With No Help From Govt, 'Atmanirbhar' Villagers Collect Rs 10 Lakh & Construct Road
For decades, residents of Chintamala in Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh, have been waiting for the district administration to lay a motorable road to their hilltop village.?
According to India Today, the tribal hamlet of 150 houses, located on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border, remains cut off during monsoon season making life tough for the villagers.?
The people have had no road connectivity even after seven decades of Independence, and that's causing them problems including during medical emergencies.
As stated by India Today, for years the residents have been using a sling to carry very sick people or pregnant women in the absence of a motorable road.?
Villagers requested several public representatives and officials for help but to no avail.?Fed up with the lackadaisical response, the residents decided to become ‘atmanirbhar’.
This must #ShameIndia: pregnant woman Muthamma had to be carried 6-7 km like this in 'doli' because there is no road connectivity; tribals in Maasika Valasachintala Saluru mandal Vizianagaram district #AP decided they must highlight their plight to world using mobile phone @ndtv pic.twitter.com/WjOQfEVntp— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) September 7, 2018
According to The New Indian Express, the poor tribal people from the village in Saluru mandal collected money for the five-kilometre-long road to connect them to Sagumarri village. They pooled Rs 2,000 each and collected Rs 10 lakh. Some of the villagers even had to sell their harvest, while a few even mortgaged their valuables to gather the sum.
“I contributed Rs 8,000 by selling paddy and ragi (finger millet), for laying of the road to the village,” a resident named CH Raju told The New Indian Express.
“We produce paddy, maize and other millets in our hilltop village, and transportation of the harvest is a big challenge to us. We carry our crops and walk to the nearby villages in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to sell them,” he added.?
The villagers held a meeting and decided to collect Rs 2,000 from each family, making a total of Rs 10 lakh. Construction has now begun.??
After the villagers incredible initiative made news, the integrated tribal development agency has promised a Rs 10 lakh-fund towards road, water and sanitation facilities in the hamlet.?