Beltangady: Residents of remote villages languish without electricity, roads

Beltangady: Residents of remote villages languish without electricity, roads
Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Beltangady
Pics: Jeevendra Shetty

Beltangady, Nov 18: “When suffering from paralysis, I was carried to the hospital in a wooden recliner by four men. There is no proper road to our village. We need to walk about five kilometers through the forest to reach the hospital, market, or schools. It is very difficult for patients, the elderly, and the children,” said Thimakka, a paralytic patient from a poor family.

Thimakka's story is similar to those of other families in the villages of Makki, Bail, Parla, and Ellyarakanda that lie in the lap of lush green nature. Soothing greenery and melodious chirping of insects, birds, and a gushing waterfall make this village seem like heaven. Villagers here are dependent on agriculture and horticulture for their livelihood. Some women also roll beedies to feed their families.

Makki, Bail, Parla, and Ellyarakanda are the villages of Malavathige gram panchayat in Beltangady taluk. From these villages, people need to walk more than 5 kilometers to for even to buy basic requirements like groceries, hospital, school. There is no proper road or electricity in this village. A few families light their houses using kerosene, and a few others convert hydro energy into electric energy from the waterfall, which can light only four bulbs at a time. Moreover, school children face difficulties as they have to walk several miles to reach school.

“It is very difficult for children to go to school. They need to walk several miles to school. Moreover, during the monsoon, streams fill up and children cannot cross over. The walk through the forest in monsoons becomes difficult. There is also danger of tuskers in the forest and two adults need to accompany them while they come home from school during the monsoons,” explained Shivappa Gowda.
“The only problem here is road and electricity. If this is provided, our village would become like heaven with rich greenery. We have also paid Rs 1,500 for electricity to the gram panchayat and electricity poles have been put up but the connection process has yet not started.  Due to road and electricity problem, villagers send their children to school by getting them to stay with relatives elsewhere,” said Krishnappa Gowda.

Koragappa Naik, president of ZP, talking on this matter, said, “Already the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana scheme has been passed for the electrification purpose but due to some dispute regarding sites it is under a stay order from the court. Hence, electrification to the village has been delayed.”

The government should at least provide basic facilities like electricity, road, and drinking water. In these villages there is no problem of drinking water because nature has provided sufficient water resources. At least the dream of villagers regarding road and electricity should be fulfilled.


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  • Team Jogiv, Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 13 2014


    We have been reading that there are villages who do not have electricity in your reports and depend on kerosene. Please share the details of villages and how many houses need electricity. We can raise funds and provide Solar LED Lighting for them which will help them to study better, cook, open up economy with shops open for longer time, improve life. Let us get together to bring the lives of people in darkness to light. Await your reply.

    Vinayak Sanjay Urs

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2013

    This is really too bad.Better the state govrnment depute competant officials for survey and verification and do the needful to comply the required facility to upgrade the village.Hope the state government do the needful on priority without any further delay.Thanq

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    We are working very hard to conquer the space. More war equipments-war ships-fighter planes and custom-made foreign cars for the political leaders. One billion dollar home. Importing the most expensive automobiles and everything else. Indeed, what a great progress?

    See the other side of the story. It is better, if we stop talking about progress and prosperity indeed tormenting to read the stories of the hungry and people at the lowest level without anything to hope for tomorrow.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Sure,it is romantic,pure nature un-touched .but we Need also some Basic things to live.first proper pathway not going through somebody's property road that allows children,sick People to go to Hospital in emergency cases.I know from self experience how difficult is when no roads are available.Had to walk through fields for half an hour in the early morning as I was in labour to go to the Hospital(to reach a road).that was in 79.Now it is bit better but many People are not allowing to pass through their land.In Belthangady what are the politicians are doing?may be they will come and promise again when the next votes.Panchayat is sleeping really.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Our plan towards Moon and towards Mars but the reality and the ground situation tells the story i.e otherwise!!!.A picture tells the story of our great India,a India is leaping towards superpower!!!.

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  • Ryan, Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    It means all the readers, are ready to settle down in this village if the basic facilities provided? Think again. The apartment cost will be Rs 500 per sq ft.

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    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Gandhiji told the youngsters to remain in villages to improve the villages. But now it is useless suggestion since the development is beyond their control. Govt. has to distribute the major portion of the fund to the local panchayath. No paisa should be given to the Ministers or MLAs. They should only supervise the work.

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  • stan, dubai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Lucky villagers.....No politicians eyes opened on their forest/land otherwise some would have grabbed it.

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  • Kumar, Mudigere

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Believe me u would regret once you get used to the electricity ... What ur living right now a millionaire also cannot live the peace the real nature & struggles

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    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    After 66 years of Independence Still India is backward.We come to know the pathetic condition of Roads and the living conditions of villagers by this picture.Why the not interested with the villages. Mr.Vasant Bangera was elected as MLA several times from here.What is his reaction now.In South Canara Belthangady is the most backward area.

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Where as BJP's supporters are claiming that which is not done in 60 years they done it in 5 years!!(???) then why this is like this???? Any comments?

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Even after 66 years of getting independence ,Garibi hatao is only in the form slogans of politicians and not really worked out till...,developments are only seen in politicians swiss bank accounts..

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  • Prateik Fernandes, Udupi / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    The suffering people need to be relocated form their present homes. How can we seriously expect the govt to provide hospitals, schools and roads to people in the middle of a forest? If any govt attempts to do that it would invariably involve the destruction of the lush green habitat. If all these facilities are provided then more and more people would move in, flats would be built and the green cover would be totally destroyed. Instead of that let's relocate these few families and put an end to their present misery.

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  • vinaya, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Our politicians and MLA's have no time to look into such pathetic conditions of poor people.Feels very sad looking at the old remote house and the living conditions of the people out there.Jago India Jago.Help these poor people and GOD will bless you abundantly.

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Natural jungle is better than concrete jungle.

    Provide them basic facilities,let them have a peaceful life.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    You are very right, they are very lucky except for some basic facilities!! The time has already come where most people are fed up of concrete life and want to retract to natural life sacrificing the so called material comforts!!

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    I like this kind of place.. wud love to visit this place.. please upload more pics..

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  • kanta, udupi

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Where is Naleen Kumar Kateel & chaddis, he was busy with Modi functions no time for the public, only blaming do some good work for poor people.

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  • Anand, karkala

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    "Due to some disputes regarding the sites, it is under stay order from Court".

    It is the responsibility of Electricity Board to speed up work and Local MLA who visits here to beg votes.


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  • Antony daniel, Qatar

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    "India is a country of villages and the progress of a nation depends on the progress of villages" Mahatma Gandhiji has correctly observed 65 years back. Our politicians seem to have forgotten this fact.

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  • Raj, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Mr. Koragappa.....Whether it is Rajiv Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi scheme, people don't mind. They want electricity and road facility.

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  • Suraj, Guruvayanakere

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Such a dirty minded politicians who play with the fate of Belthangadi taluk people!...we are afraid to ride between Belhangadi to Buntwal NATIONL HIGHWAY...which is just 8 feet wide and was constructed by british era, including several old dilapidated old bridges and full of Guruvayankere city...every motorist has to at least spend 30-60 minutes to pass...always there is a road block here!

    At least we had hope with Oscar Fernandies - Central Road Minister...then we thought Bangera -MLA would take up with his own party government in the State...all looks will come with yet another promise in May-2014 during the general election...

    Remember...Belthangadi people will teach all of you good lessons!

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  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Are we seriously to have necessary roads and basic transport facilities with cheap rate and safe mode, to all our 600,000 villages of the nation?

    Can we reduce our oil imports and subsidies on oil products, to save billions of dollars?
    Do we need to continue to carry and move the bullock cart on wheels?
    Are we ready to consider the huge dead weight on wheels, as a pushing force?

    Can we implement a conceptual change in vehicles move, to reduce a huge volume of fuel consumption, eliminate pollutions, reduce costs and increase capacities?
    Are we concerned about our rapidly growing working force, with academic qualifications?
    Do we need to have a peaceful society, stable economy and peaceful environment?

    If we are ready to accept, support and implement a concept change, we can have a rapid surface transport revolution by making a world of difference.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    I maintain that these places are
    most apt for shooting ,capturing in lenses and sometimes for 'romantic sessions'...Full time living no..Wait!The way prices are rising and with the inflation ghost in pursuit think the place may give some respite for all in the future! Only the jungle is not charging you now! In the future who knows!
    Dear Villagers ...May be we are well off with a 'bit more material comforts'! But believe me! It's a virtual jungle 'which charges' for everything out here! Be at peace, innovate and be where you are!!The lawn always looks greener...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Bhandarkar Maam, very wise and true reply!! In a way, except as you said for "some so called material comforts" they are well off than their jet-setter brethren!!

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    We must salute Dongi congi.....65 yrs of rule... no electricity .. no road.. no water...

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    You guys are claiming that BJP 5 years of rule done the work which is not done in 60 years of congress rule, they how you become BOGALU NAYI...... NOW ?

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