Udupi: Beedinagudde - Without basic amenities, a living hell for migrant labourers

Harshini Brahmavar / Akshata Shetty
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Nov 4: They take pains to execute development works which benefit the city, but continue to be poor, as they have failed to get fair share in the fruits of development achieved by the city out of their hard work. Although governments have been undertaking social development initiatives to ensure that basic facilities reach even the last person in the society, migrant labourers who come to the city seeking work continue to struggle for survival.

Udupi has been famously known as the district of the intelligent people, besides boasting of several tourist spots. Thousands of people from country and abroad flock to this district every day. For the district to achieve progress further, it requires labourers besides money. Because of employment potential here, people from drought-hit or agriculture-dependent districts like Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Raichur etc migrate to this district and settle down here for earning livelihood. One cannot deny the fact that these labourers have contributed immensely for making this district beautiful and development-oriented.

There are thousands of labourers in the city, but few care to know whether they get basic facilities, whether their children are studying or not, where do they live, etc. These migrant labourers in fact face a lot of hardship.

Over 100 houses in a private land at Beedinagudde, which is located about two to three km away from the heart of the city, have been accommodating over a thousand people for the last 20 years. This area, which looks like a slum, does not have any facility other than thatched mini-huts which function as roofs over the heads of these labourers. They have to walk two kilometer to get drinking water, and they do not have toilets. Grown up girls find it hard to relieve themselves even at night.

These people have explained about their problems to leaders during elections, but they happen to see faces of these leaders only during the election. A private person collects monthly rent from these people. None of these residents have ration cards, voter cards, Aadhar cards etc, and not even a fraction of facilities needed to be called a rented home are being extended to them.

Locals passing through this area are forced to pinch their noses tight. These people, who have been frustrated at repeatedly requesting the concerned to attend to their problems, have got themselves accustomed to the pathetic living conditions. They cannot be called destitute, because their children study in nearby Chitpady School and five among the residents of these huts have secured degrees.

Although discussions about their plight were earlier held in the municipal sessions, and notices were served several times to the concerned to initiate corrective steps, the concerned have not taken cognizance of these notices. The problems therefore are getting more and more confounded.

Open defecation by the residents here also creates problem for the people in general. Foul odour encompassing the area has been bothering the people. There are reports of some of these slum residents suffering from malaria. Many fear outburst of epidemics including dengue emanating from this locality.

These labourers, in order to see that their children do not suffer like them, have been sending them to school. But these children find it hard to move about after coming back from school. They have been spending nights under the street lamps. Although they have interest, because of lack of enough light, they are lagging in studies. Because of lack of basic facilities, they have been suffering, although Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been implemented all over the country.

If left unattended, these problems will begin to affect the city and hamper further development in course of time. People's representatives need to keep politics aside, understand the ground reality, and work sincerely to solve these problems. If they take interest, these problems can be addressed at least to some extent. It has to be seen whether the officials and people’s representatives will shed lethargy and work towards this end. People expect them to break their silence and tell people what plans they have in store for the welfare of the sufferings of these people.

Municipal councillor, Geetha Shet, says that Beedinagudde has turned into a slum because of migrant labourers. "In the recent past, the state government had passed orders to make our district free of open defecation. As per the recent survey, 132 houses in the region have door numbers, but the thatched huts here do not have any door numbers. The number of such huts has doubled during the last three years. The people here have been making use of government land as toilets. It would be wrong to say that payment of rent for the spaces occupied by these people is wrong. But providing basic amenities is also very important. Although public toilet has been built, these labourers do not care to even basically maintain it. Although the city municipal council has served notices on the concerned thrice, there is no improvement in the situation. This issue will be debated in the city municipal council soon, and the attention of the district deputy commissioner will be drawn towards this crisis," she said.

Nithyananada Olakadu of Nagarika Samiti said, "Coolie workers are also part of our state, and wherever they go, they should get basic facilities and also ration cards and ID cards. When Ponnuraj was the DC, he spoke of providing an alternative solution for them, but since then no one has given any attention to their plight. Labourers who are living in a private person's land, have their own rights, so they should get the required basic facilities."

A city dweller named Nagaraj, speaking to Daijiworld, revealed that he has been passing through this area since the last 15 years. "It is becoming more and more difficult to move through this area. The people who are living in these huts are polluting this area more and more. This is sure to have adverse affect on our health," he lamented.

Such huts built for themselves by labourers can be seen also in places like Nittoor, Malpe, Manchi, Brahmavar and such other places of the district. There is no doubt that they harm the development of the city and the district. Therefore, this issue should be handled in tune with the existing legal provisions and the officials concerned should take up this task immediately before more harm is inflicted on environment and health condition of people.


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  • Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain

    Thu, Nov 05 2015

    Slums can never be eliminated. Social welfare programs to eliminate slums have always failed miserably because such programs encourage more people to move to slums in hope of getting free housing as well as other benefits from the government hence this article from Harshini no doubt highlighting the pathetic living conditions exist in a private owned land in Beedinagudde Udupi. It is so disappointing to see the children in such an appalling conditions and moreover exposing them to many epidemics such as malaria, dengue etc.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Nov 05 2015

    To see These poor workers and their children make one feel,to shame selbst.why should we blame the other.we too are to a certain extent responsible not have helped them to come up.When we/or big contractors hire These People to work,should offer them a place to stay a if not good but ordinary place with toilet facilitys.so that when they are working Long with good payment ,they might improve themselves,send children to School.When stay is good can also ask they should pay a small amount for facilities.Even govt.facilitys can also be made available by the contractors.Leaving them alone with their Problems ,is not a solution.

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  • Concerened Indian, Canada

    Thu, Nov 05 2015

    Modi international on World tour and he gets 9th ranking by Forbes.

    When would Modi visit these slums and address their problems ?

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  • Sandeep, Chitpady

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    It all started in 1996. Beedinagudde was dumping yard then. The entire stretch was useless for cultivation purpose. The highly influential landlord started renting out small jopudis for coolies. Even after couple of fire mishaps the panchayat/municipality is still not able to curb this menace.

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  • Oliver, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    ya...Beedina Gudde should need an immediate attention from CMC-Udupi & its MLA Mr.Madhwaraj.

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  • Rita, Barkur

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    It's time to do something for the poor and respect suffering human beings'than spend a lot of time discussing on cows and cattle. Let us plan something before the children get into worse practices when their parents are away the whole day.

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  • krish, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Dear Buddi Jeevis, Politicians, RSS, BD, KFD, MP, MLA.
    Instead of wasting energy in unwanted things / strike / protest / press conference / Bharat bandh / Karnataka bandh. please try to help atleast 1 family to get basic needs. then we can see "ache din". if each elected members from gram panchayat to Parliment adopt a family (in govt money) no need any "bhagya". in couple of year we can see smile on every ones family.

    Even this is responsible of every commom man despite any religion / caste / state.
    In Beedina gudde almost 50 familys are staying in same condition.

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  • John, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Shobakka is busy fighting on behalf of BD's and not Beedinagudde poor people!. For her only cow and criminals are important and since Beedinagudde people dont have cases against them, they are not qualified as per Shobakka and BJP!

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  • P.Shirish Kumnar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Mr. John, where is Udupi MLA ? what is doing, why you are pointing out only Shobakka??

    Due to partiality people like you this area is not improving.

    What a shame you are closing one eye while walking on this side & you can see only Shobakka & BJP from your other eye.

    Secondly, this area is become dirty due to this people not by local people.

    Why they can't take interest to keep their area clean?

    Do you think , surrounding local should take care of this area?

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  • ummar , mangalore

    Wed, Nov 04 2015




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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    These are the modern day slaves of primitive India. I say primitive because these are based on caste system which are often exploited by the rich and elite.

    Entire families including grandparents and great children are enslaved on meager salaries which more than often go towards repayment of loans to the so called employers.

    Unfortunately, the government, WE as in our government, turn a blind eye towards all the oppressed.

    It is heartbreaking to see eight year olds working on trenching sites when children their age pass them by to attend school.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    tragedy of Indians!! day by day the,
    poor becomes poorer,
    richer becomes multi richer quickly,
    middle class person stuck in between work and burden,
    corruption night mare and reaches new heights,
    politicians divide the public,
    lawlessness rules the society,
    parliament one proposes other opposes,
    election time promises after that busy in VIP treatment,
    Yet all new technological advances made and lost the basic living rights behind!!
    Last realized I have to make my living..

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Why the owners, project developers, builders, Contractors can’t share some responsibility and help the poor laborers/family by contributing part of their profit to provide needed basic amenities for better living conditions?

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  • perchu, pervaje

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    so many "bhagyas" announced but people living status not changed. our state govt is so busy that they don't have time to understand the practical problem of the people. they are busy with politics. central govt should intervene in this matter & instruct the state to do some development work which will help the common people.

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  • Santosh ,K, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Look at these children's face feeling very happy, But not living In desire.

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    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Achche din have come only for cows, not for poor migrant labourers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    India is now Digital.
    Next Digital Homes, Toilets & Education ...

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    Wed, Nov 04 2015

    Digital India!!!!
    Reduce the rate of Daal(lentils) 're baba....

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