Karnataka: Kids of tribal hamlet cross river to reach school

Come monsoon and deluge of troubles hits this tribal hamlet on the Bank of Bhadra hard every year.

Published: 03rd September 2017 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2017 09:00 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

CHIKKAMAGALURU: Come monsoon and deluge of troubles hits this tribal hamlet on the Bank of Bhadra hard every year. In absence of a bridge and proper connectivity to Magundi, Balehonnur and Mudigere, Adivasi families in Holikodige falling under Koove gram panchayat limits in Mudigere taluk suffer every monsoon season.

Even children are forced to cross the river to reach school. Medical emergencies prove to be their biggest nightmare. Swelling Bhadra only adds to their fear and concerns. “We have to depend on Magundi and Balehonnur for both business and education purposes. Many children skip their classes as they fear crossing the river,” said a student Amitha. Land Rights forum convenor Naveen Kumar said four tribal families have been living in the area since forty years.

“Since an influential planter has blocked the public road in survey number 84, the residents are forced to cross the river, risking both their life and limb.” An elderly man Rudraiah told Express that revenue officials had also conducted a survey and prepared sketch for the road. But the land for the road was encroached by an influential party.

“If the officials get the encroached land evicted, a stretch of 1 km road may be laid along the bank of the river for the convenience of tribal families,” he said. “The eviction is long-pending , but the officials and politicians have turned a deaf ear to our repeated pleas,” said Savitha.



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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp