TAMIL NADU

A path full of problems for these villagers

Unusable: A damaged culvert on Nallamanaickanpatti Road at Palamarathupatti village near Dindigul.

Unusable: A damaged culvert on Nallamanaickanpatti Road at Palamarathupatti village near Dindigul.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: G. Karthikeyan

K. Raju

No proper transport or road link, rue Palamarathupatti residents

DINDIGUL: Even as the suburban Dindigul has been developed up to eight km on Dindigul-Natham Highway, over 500 people residing at Palamarathupatti village, just three km away from Dindigul town, have been struggling for more than three decades for basic amenities, including road connectivity, sanitation facilities, health care and transport facilities.

Situated in Thottanuthu Panchayat, the village has no proper road either to Dindigul or to Nallamanaickanpatti for those going to schools, hospitals and ration shops.

With full of potholes and bumps and encroachment, the existing narrow road is in an unusable condition. A highly damaged culvert across the road, 100 mts away from the village is a death trap. Three fourth of the culvert had broken. School children have been using a small portion of the bridge that stuck to one side of the road to cross a canal. Many had fell in to the canal and broken their limbs, said villagers.

Now, residents’ accessibility to Dindigul is at the mercy of private land owners. All school going children, farmers and local people have been using private plots to reach Dindigul-Natham main road to reach Dindigul and Reddiyapatti. But private plot owners often prevent them from using their plot.

With no proper road, students have to trek at least three km to reach the main road to tqake a bus or four km to go to Nallamanaickanpatti for transport facilities. Residents were tired of knocking all doors of MPs and MLAs and officials.

“We submitted petition to the Chief Minister’s cell that was forwarded to the collectorate for action. But the Collector’s office forwarded the petition to Dindigul MLA K. Balabarathi, who in turn told the Highways Department to do it. But nothing had been done, said S. Karuppaiah, resident. Already, the Panchayat had informed that it had no funds to lay the road.

Though the State Transport Corporation and private operators are ready to operate buses, absence of a good road proves to be a constraint. Even auto rickshaw drivers refused to come to our village. We face tough time to take even pregnant women to hospital during emergency, he added.

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