Mancherial: Not only the general public but also schoolchildren from interior habitations are facing harships due to bad road connectivity in Mancherial and Kumram Bheem districts.
They are unable to attend classes as there are no bridges around their habitation. They are sometimes forced to wade through water to reach their educational institutions, risking their lives.
As many as 50 students of Jendagudam hamlet in Kotthimeera village of Dahegoan mandal often struggle to reach their institution when the area registers heavy rains. The attendance percentage of 23 tribals students from Kolamguda hamlet under Peddampet village in Hajipur mandal drops drastically every monsoon.
Not just for these kids, for pupils of majority of remote villages reaching school is an ordeal. Students of Thangallapalli, a hamlet under Chinna Thimmapur in Bheemini mandal get stranded in the village close to three months during monsoon. Kids from Bejjur, Koutala, Sirpur (T), Kotapalli, Tiryani, and Dandepalli mandals also face a similar problem.
The common cause of problem is lack of streams between habitations and educational institutions. They do not turn up for classes whenever a stream is in spate, fearing that they would get drowned or washed away. Many a times their parents help them cross the water bodies. However, lack of bridges and dilapidated culverts continue to cause great convenience to the schoolchildren and common people alike.
Either Panchyat Raj or Roads and Buildings Department builds bridges across the streams. But, inordinate delay in completing the works is proving to be a bane for the students and the public. The executing agencies have been showing negligence in taking up constructions even during November and March, citing petty reasons.
Morla Sammaiah, a farmer of Vemanapalli mandal centre was washed away in a stream near Gorlapalli village of Vemanapalli mandal, when he attempted to cross the flooding water body on Monday. The lethargic progress in executing the works apparently claimed the life of the farmer.