“My cycle’s tyre got punctured. And I got a scolding because I was late” complaints Amol Galave, who is only one among many students of Galevawadi in Maharashtra who have to commute through a road in terrible condition to reach their schools.
The roads in Galevawadi of Sangola block is used by 50-60 students in 5th and 6th grades to reach their high schools. The roads are full of stones and thorns. And these stones come loose due to the rain, making a trip through the road an arduous task for the students who travel this road using bicycles or by foot. According to the residents, there is a market in Dongergaon and the road leading to it is not fit for commutation either. The locals have been making demands to the administration for better roads for 10 years now. But the authorities haven’t taken any notice of the situation even after being provided with evidence. Despite multiple resolutions being passed in village assemblies, the condition of the roads remains the same.
This is not an isolated incident in the state of Maharashtra where the State government had launched `Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ in 2015 on the lines of the government’s flagship programme `Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, (PMGSY)’ which was launched in order to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations in rural India. This initiative had assigned the State government to spend Rs 13,500 crore to widen 3,000 km of rural roads and another Rs 328 crore on laying 730 new roads.The benefits of this have unfortunately not reached the residents of Galevawadi.
Community Correspondent Anil Jagdhane wishes for a change in this situation and urges us to call the Block Development Officer, Sangole, Maharashtra on +91-9890066082 and demand that the road gets repaired to end the plight of students like Amol Galave.