Villagers oppose proposed road work at Dharmapur

BETAPUR
9 Oct 2018

Villagers in Middle Andaman have raised objection to construction of a rural road Dharmapur under Sivapuram Panchayat. In a mass petition submitted to the Panchayat authorities, the villagers claimed that the proposed road work will turn out to be a wasteful expenditure and funds available with the government should instead be utilized for extension of a village road connecting Andaman Trunk Road, TV Kullam, RC Nagar to Ranchi Basti, which has a population of around 60 to 80 families. “After a dinghy capsize incident which killed 7 school students, a bailey bridge named Rama Devi Bridge was constructed over the crocodile infested nallah in 1994 to connect remote hamlets in the region. Subsequently, a katcha road was constructed in between the paddy land of one Late TC Raman and Late Ramakrishnan Pillai as approach for the bailey bridge. In 2009, it was proposed to black top the katcha road reportedly on the personal interest of one B Vijayan, which was later dropped after protest by the villagers,” say villagers of TV Kullam in the petition.
However, the same proposal has again been floated recently for construction of a black top road for a length of 350 mtrs with one RCC block culvert by the same person, who is now a Panchayat Samity member. Villagers again raised an objection, but this time the Block Development Officer did not pay any heed to the points raised by us and seems to be adamant on executing the work. There is absolutely no need for construction of an additional road between the paddy land of Late KG Pappachan and Late KC Mathulla. Instead of wasting government money, the funds available should be utilized for construction of a rural road inside the allotted land of the settler family and Ranchi Basti at TV Kullam, RC Nagar and Dharmapur, which will benefit around 60 to 80 families in the region, said the villagers urging the administration to initiate appropriate steps in the matter. (EOIC)