KARNATAKA

Will sammelan draw attention to problems of Joida?

KARWAR, MARCH 11. Uttara Kannada District Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, to be held at Joida on Saturday, assumes significance for more than one reason.

Joida is the second largest taluk in the State. But it is one of the most backward taluks. At least 40 villages in the taluk do not have proper roads, communication system, and healthcare facilities. They do not have electricity, although Supa dam, the lifeline of the Kali Hydel Project, is located in the taluk. Many of these villages do not have access to even the taluk headquarters.

Joida, which was created after Supa was submerged in the backwaters of the reservoir, does not have a proper bus link with Karwar. A few buses going to Belgaum, Dandeli and Dharwad stop at Joida.

Joida does not have mobile phone facility even today.

Students from remote villages have to travel between 28 km and 50 km to schools and colleges.