Close to the capital of Odisha is ward ward no.1 of Shikharchandi which is administered by the Bhubhaneshwar Municipality Corporation. The road which connects the whole community to the rest of the state, primarily Bhubhanshwar, the capital of the state, is in a bad condition. The community is facing problems in their daily commute. The children, elderly, working populace and rest of the people who have to access other services or amenities are plagued by the poor condition of the road. This often results in delays and failure in performing their jobs. Mamta Reddy, one of the residents of the community who has to use the road for her daily commute points to the board which claims the inauguration of the road by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Corporator. The board survives, but the road hasn’t. She clearly remembers that has been declared finished, never really started. She says: “In the previous budget INR 1973040 were sanctioned for the road. But I have seen no road. Nothing has been constructed”‘ Every election they voted with the hope that the promises being made would be fulfilled. But each time their hopes have turned into despair. Being the only road that is their contact with the outside world, it is of critical value to the community. Our community correspondent Nitu Chakhia produced the video on this issue which she showcased to the authorities of Bhubhaneshwar Municipality Corporation. After concentrated effort from the community and our CC, action was taken and the road was built. Stay tuned for the Impact video.
Road to Bhubaneshwar
World Youth Skill Day: “Sustain Ancestral Skill or Earn Livelihood?” Question Next Gen Banaras Weavers
Shabnam Begum / July 15, 2019
On World Youth Skill Day, young weavers from Banaras talk about their dilemma between sustaining their ancestral skill of weaving or earning a better livelihood with a different skill.