DIBRUGARH, Dec 4 - The people in Jokai Borbam Tangia Gaon, some 14 kilometres from here, are still yearning for a slice of development in their village.
The village, which is near the Jokai Forest Reserve falls within Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle and under Borborooah Development Block. The villagers, who largely depend on agriculture, have hardly seen any development works in their village. The villagers are deprived of proper roads, health services, irrigation facilities, schemes from Public Health and Engineering Department and other facilities.
Appalled by the pathetic living conditions of the population comprising mostly members of scheduled caste and tea garden working community, Dibrugarh Zila Sangbadik Surakhya Mancha following the ‘Gaonloi Jaon Bolok’ (Lets visit village) programme, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner here.
The Mancha mentioned that the villagers have been using the four kilometre road, located in the midst of the jungle for movement to Borborooah and elsewhere. The condition of the road is so horrible that the people are deprived of even the 108 Emergency ambulance services. Due to the condition of the road, pregnant women seeking medical assistance, students going to schools, farmers carrying their produce for sales and senior citizens collecting old-age pensions have become almost impossible, the mancha stated in their memorandum.
Dibrugarh Zila Sangbadik Surakhya Mancha has urged upon the Chief Minister to at least build a concrete road for the people from Jokai Forest Gate to Mahabir tea estate as also the wooden bridge in the route. Among several others, the Mancha also pressed for issue of land pattas to the settlers there and to convert the entire area into a rural tourist destination through a special government scheme.