Phulbani: Despite the tall claims of Odisha government about welfare policies, people in several parts of the State are still victims of sheer apathy and are deprived of basic transport and communication facilities.
The sorry state of affairs in Odisha once again cropped up when hundreds of villagers, including women, children and elderly people, were seen crossing a river with the help of electric cables in Bindhapada area of K. Nuagaon in Kandhamal district on a regular basis for their daily needs. As per reports, five villages in the region are forced to risk their lives to cross the river on electric cables on a daily basis in the absence of a bridge.
The villagers claim that though they have approached the local administration several times in the past, they have only got assurances in return, forcing them to be at the mercy of such precarious means of travel on a daily basis by risking their lives.
"For the last 60 years, there has been no end to our sufferings. We risk our lives to cross the river. In case of medical emergency, we face a lot of problems. A bridge can solve many of our problems," said a local.
Another local said that they often check the wires for damages and other wear and tear for the fear that the tumbling support could snap any time. “We change the wire every year for our safety but we are also finding it difficult to collect enough wires,” he said.
A woman from one of the villages said, "It's too difficult to cross the river with children. There have been incidents where people have fallen into the river. In case of delivery cases, we fail to get any ambulance service and it becomes difficult for us to reach the hospital. The government must look into our problems."
Terming the incident as unfortunate, social activists in the region said that the tall claims of Odisha government shouldn't be confined to pen and paper only and it must act immediately to resolve such issues at the earliest.