Neglected by Odisha, Bargarh villagers depend on Chhattisgarh

Kandhapada, a hamlet of Kashipali under Narangpur panchayat lies well within the limits of Odisha.

Published: 03rd December 2016 02:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2016 06:37 AM   |  A+A-

Neglected

Kandhapada village

Express News Service

BARGARH:Kandhapada, a hamlet of Kashipali under Narangpur panchayat lies well within the limits of Odisha. But, except the official documents identifying them as residents of Odisha, there is nothing Odia about the villagers.

Bordering Chhattisgarh, a road of few feet separates it from Ghoghora village in the neighbouring State. Kandhapada villagers entirely depend on Ghoghora for all their requirements. In fact,  Mahanadi water conflict between the two States has failed to dent the relationship among the villagers.
The village in Bhatli block, 20 km from the block headquarters, is deprived of all benefits provided by Odisha Government for the rural poor.
A visit to the village reveals the giant strides made by Chhattisgarh compared to Odisha, which has forced Odia villagers to fall back on the infrastructure offered by the neighbours. From education, electricity, consumer durables and essential commodities, the villagers depend on Chhattisgarh Government for everything.

Villagers here have no access to Odia language, the 200-odd villagers speak in Hindi and are proficient in the language. The villagers said they send their children to schools on other side of the border as there is no primary or high school in the village.  They even walk to Chhattisgarh to watch television or charge their mobile phones as Kandhapada awaits electrification. They even depend on Ghoghora for daily ablution as water bodies in Ghoghora are well maintained.
In the name of basic health care, the village has only one anganwadi centre. Of the three tube wells in the village, only two ooze water while one is defunct.

In contrast, Ghoghora which is inhabited by 600 villagers is completely developed. The village is electrified, it has five tube-wells besides piped drinking water facility, on which even the villagers of Kandhapada depend. Moreover, it has proper schooling system from Anganwadi Centre to Upper Primary School where students can continue education upto Class VIII.
Former sarpanch of Kashipali Upendra Pradhan said, for an outsider the villages seems to part of an extended village. He revealed that steps have been initiated to electrify the village.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp