Shillong, July 15, 2017: Amazing is not only that which leaves us in happiness and excitement! It can also be that which astonishes us leaving us surprised and this is exactly what these pictures from West Garo Hills will make you feel!
An indicator of the poor living condition of the rural poor in West Garo Hills came to the fore today after pictures of a road connecting various villages of Tikrikilla went viral on social media.
These roads which also connect each other as well as connect to places like Damal Asim and Rangsaigre near Phulbari is the proverbial lifeline for those living in utter neglect in these villages.
The terrible condition of the road, most of which are the only sources of transportation for villagers, though common knowledge to the power echelons of the state, have not been acted upon despite many from MLAs from the same constituency have won through promises of development of these same roads.
The roads which are in complete shambles were identified as Koraibari to Rangsagre via Kentapara (about 15 kms), Gaguapara to Chamaguri (1 km) and Angaripara to Rongjigre, Kosak Rongbokgre (about 10 kms). These roads fall under PWD roads and lie in shambles.
A second group of roads, some which have had earthwork done and are in terrible state as well have been identified by locals asChambakpara to Cheran Songma (15 kms), Bollonggitok to Dolwakgre (8 kms), Chambalgre to Cheran Songma via Doldengre (6 kms) and Bamundanga to Dajugre via Matramchigre, Renchigre and Cheran songma (about15 kms).
How long will this apathy last? Will there be no end to this? Only time will tell.