Crumbling Infrastructure

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India is more connected than ever before. Mobile towers, internet lines and television poles stretch from one end of the country to the other. Yet underneath these growing technological networks, much of India’s rickety infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. Broken roads prevent goods from being transported to market. India’s power grid is frightfully overburdened, especially in densely populated urban areas. Cities are often better off than rural areas, where sagging infrastructure prohibits free economic development. Water lines and sewage leakage create severe pubic health dangers. And while India boasts one of the most extensive railway systems in the world–the cars, tracks and facilities are often dangerously out of date; it is hard pressed to keep pace with the demands of its booming economy. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents report on infrastructure.

Without electricity, a village suffers in darkness

 
/ May 30, 2016

A remote tribal village of Chhattisgarh has never seen electricity. While government schemes such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), worth $11 billion, have visions to provide continuous power supply to rural India, the Parevachapa village in Pandaria district of Chattisgarh, a village established 16 years ago, is...

Video Volunteers’ Impact: UP School gets a clean toilets

 
/ May 25, 2016

“Our toilets are so dirty, we need to relieve ourselves in the open,” said Anshika, a bright, young student of Kanwari Mustakam elementary school of Basti district, in Uttar Pradesh. Just like Anshika, more than 100 other students of this school, both boys and girls, had to relieve themselves in...

Bad roads trouble residents of Darjeeling despite sanction of Rs. 96 lakh

 
/ May 16, 2016

The dilapidated condition of roads in Darjeeling district has disrupted normal life of thousands of people who live Mirik district. The long stretch of 8 km of metal road is considered a vital one for thousands of commuters who live between Katari banbasti and Belgacchi tea garden. Thousands of villagers...

Women bring water home after six months

 
/ April 19, 2016

In spite of water connections in the area, women of Shramiknagar, an area in Nashik, would wake up every day at 5 am to fetch water from a nearby tank for six months. Reason being that the officials would refuse to supply water to their area, which is home to...

This bridge of a small village of West Bengal is a disaster waiting to happen

 
/ April 5, 2016

Every day about 10,000 people risk their lives while crossing this small, broken down bridge in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal to go about their daily business. The bridge, which connects the small village of Banchukamari in Cooch Behar district, has been in a dilapidated state ever since two...

Government neglects dangerous road conditions

 
/ March 14, 2016

Frequent accidents occur due to the poor road quality of National Highway 34(NH34) connecting Kolkata to North Bengal. The stretch between Krishnagar and Murshidabad is particularly bad which keeps commuters and those living alongside the road in a perpetual state of fear. Community has often expressed their concerns to the...

No gateposts at railway crossing in Juniar, Bihar

 
/ February 29, 2016

Lack of gateposts at the railway crossing in Juniar is stirring a turmoil in residents’ life as accidents become more and more frequent. In this video, CC Mister Alam documents their plight and appeals to the viewers to pressurize the Divisional Railway Manager into constructing the required gateposts. Mohammad Mister...

Open Sewers of Ghatkopar

 
/ February 18, 2016

People keep falling in the open sewers and end up getting wounded at Nalanda Nagar, Ghatkopar. The residing community is afraid for their children who are most susceptible to this hazard and demand the drains to be covered as soon as possible. Through this video, Community Correspondent Zulekha puts forth...