Pahalgaon Panchayat gets motorable footpath, Pradhan promises more development

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KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
29 May 2017

It was late afternoon when old-aged father of Arun, a resident of a remote village in Pahalgaon, North Andaman developed chest pain. The hamlet was connected to the main road by a katha trail and Arun had to travel more than a kilometer carrying his father to hire an auto rickshaw. He was lucky enough to reach the nearest health centre on time. The situation has now changed for hundreds of villagers of Pahalgaon and other nearby hamlets in the region.
Under the headship of Pradhan, Pahalgaon Gram Panchayat, Sibananda Bairagi, the village recently got a 300 mtr motorable footpath following persistent demands over the past few years. The footpath from Tugapur Junction to Forest Ground has cut down the distance to connect to the arterial road by more than 700 mtrs and has come as a huge respite for the population in the area. The Pradhan of Pahalgaon played a crucial role by obtaining necessary clearances from the authorities for realizing the long-pending demand of the villagers, according to reports.
“Villagers here are now breathing a huge sigh of relief after the inauguration of the footpath. We have been long demanding for a footpath from Tugapur Junction to Forest Ground in the absence of which villagers were facing hardships to reach the main road. Elderly people, students, women were the worst affected. The Pradhan of Pahalgaon Panchayat is truly living up to the expectations of the people and was instrumental in obtaining various clearances required for execution of the project,” said some Pahalgaon villagers.
Speaking to this Correspondent, the Pradhan, Pahalgaon Gram Panchayat, Sibananda Bairagi reiterated his commitment towards the development of the remote Panchayat. “A series of projects have been initiated for the development of villages here. The Panchayat has set a target of connecting all households with footpaths, construction of ringwells at various places by 2019. We’re committed to the welfare of the people and by 2019, all villages under the panchayat will have access to pucca roads and other basic amenities,” vowed Mr Bairagi.