Udav Nagalavi and Hunasikumari are disconnected from the outside world
While the entire district is busy with election-related activity, the sleepy villages of Udav Nagalavi and Hunasikumari are yet to witness any campaigning.
Even though Udav Nagalavi has 200 voters and Hunasikumari 450, no candidate has come here to seek their support.
These hamlets are disconnected from the outside world as there is no road connectivity. While these hamlets are just 22 km away from the district headquarters, road connectivity has remained a distant dream for people of the village. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation runs a bus till Kelkeri village, which is a 5-km walk from Hunasikumari and 10 km from Udav Nagalavi. People from the village go to Goa or Maharashtra as daily wage workers. The two villages lack pure drinking water, healthcare, education and sanitation.
Lack of road connectivity has also affected the education of children here. While Udav Nagalavi has a primary school, Hunasikumari has higher primary school. For further education, children have to travel to Kelkeri.
Nakalubai Adolkar, the only graduate in these villages, said many children in the village discontinue studies after seventh standard and rear cattle. She said no candidate or elected representative has ever come to their village. The nearest polling booth is in Kelkeri and villagers walk all the way there because voting is our constitutional right, she says.