Ansulem villagers battling water, power, road woes




Although, the nation celebrated its 71st Independence Day and is gearing up towards implementing the Digital India mission, in Sattari the scenario is different especially in Ansulem village in Poriem which lacks basic facilities.

Ansulem village in Bhirondem village panchayat is located five kilometers away from Valpoi town. The villagers here are facing acute water shortage and power supply problems with no street lights along the road which is filled with potholes.

“Ansulem villagers are facing the problems for the past 16 years and our children have to walk a couple of kilometres to reach the main road to catch the school bus” said a villager pointing towards the road which is worst affected during the monsoon.

Many villagers allege lack of political will in carrying out development in the village. “Every elections we only get promises from our leaders and panch members that they will provide us basic facilities. But post-election the situation remains the same” says Kharwat a senior citizen.

The village comprises of the Dhangar community with over 20 households. Most of the families have settled in the village for more than 20 years. However, no authority is bothered to resolve the issues which have affected the villagers.

“More than 25 children, who are going to school, have to walk from the village to Valpoi town. Our main road is in bad shape, as there are huge potholes, due to which our vehicles get damaged” said Vasta, a resident from Ansulem. Even during emergency, 108 ambulance services reach the village late due to the bad condition of the road.

Villagers blame the local panch members for not taking interest in putting things on the proper track. They say that despite issues raised in the gram sabha, they only get fake assurances from elected members over the past many years.

Meanwhile, the panchayat says that they have already sent a proposal for road works/streets lights and the Power Minister has been appraised of the situation.

PWD officials confirmed the poor roads existing in Ansulem village. “We have received a road proposal for Ansulem village. However, as per guidelines the local MLA’s green signal is needed which can move the file to get financial approval for the proposal” said a PWD official requesting anonymity.

It is understood that despite the village is facing such pathetic state of affairs, the proposal has not yet been cleared due to lack of political will.