Roadless Village Disconnected From Development

Lack of Infrastructure in Bantarpur village, Assam, hampers the lives of its 40,000 inhabitants. Ajit Singh, our Community Correspondent in Assam, was born in Bantarpur and spent the first years of his life there. He is still very attached to the place, and being witness to its backwardness pains him. He decided to report on the lack of infrastructure that plagues the place after realizing that stories such as these never make the headlines. “Bantarpur does not have a regular supply of electricity, nor of water. But the worst is surely the absence of a road. It makes people’s lives so difficult here. But nobody ever talks of these issues,” says Ajit. 40,000 people suffer from the absence of tarmac roads. The nearest market, where villagers buy their daily goods and sell their agricultural products is located 10 kilometers away. The closest healthcare center is 15 kilometers away. In the absence of a road, people have to walk or cycle there, as the local bus stop is also ridiculously far off. During the rainy season, the local roads get muddy and flooded. Villagers are then cut off from the rest of region. Also, the makeshift bridge that the inhabitants have constructed over the river usually gets destroyed by the heavy flow. Ajit Singh hopes that his video will make a change. The villagers have heard numerous promises from local politicians that were never fulfilled. Ajit wishes his video urges them to ultimately take action.

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