Special Correspondent

There is not even a ‘pucca’ road in

the village

Residents pour out their woes to

B.K. Chandrashekar

BANGALORE: Shivapura village in the dense forests of Joida taluk in Uttara Kannada district is yet to get basic infrastructure.The village that houses 51 families has no facilities such a “pucca” road, school, health centre, electricity and piped water. The village which is located on the banks of the Kali is totally disconnected from the rest of the district during the monsoon.

A group of villagers from Shivapura on Monday spoke about their difficulties to Legislative Council Chairman B.K. Chandrashekar and urged the Government to take steps to provide road connectivity and electricity to the village.

The villagers have to tread 9 km to reach the bus stand, primary health centre, gram panchayat office, fair price shop, and post office located in Ulavi, a small town. It is located at a distance of 55 km from the taluk headquarters (Joida). As no newspaper reached the village, radio was the only communication for receiving news. The village has no access to telephone services, said Shivananda Kalave.

The Karnataka Power Corporation Limited constructed a hydro electricity project at Kodashalli in 1998, near the village. This has resulted in water flooding into the village during the monsoon. Even after a decade, the villagers have not been rehabilitated. The villagers said: “The Government, the MP and officials of the Forest Department and KPCL have not responded to our demands.”

The Forest Department declared the area, except the village, as reserve forests.

Forest produce, areca nut and paddy are the main source of livelihood for villagers in Shivapura. “We can lead a decent life and educate our children too if the authorities provide us basic facilities,” the villagers said.

Prof. Chandrashekar held a meeting with the Forest Department and KPCL officials and asked them to take suitable steps to expedite the road project. He said he would write to Governor Rameshwar Thakur and hold discussions with Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and appeal them to take steps to provide connectivity to the village.

A few years ago, KPCL sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh to construct a hanging bridge to the village. But the project has been delayed because of several reasons. Now, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uttara Kannada Zilla Panchayat has invited tenders to construct the bridge.