Krishnagiri: Kodakarai lacks basic amenities

KODAKARAI (KRISHNAGIRI): A village with 500 families on a hillock on the Denkanikottai-Pettamukulalam route lacks basic amenities such as water, road connectivity and health facilities.

The worst affected are the pregnant women and the ailing people as they have to be carried for 9 km to reach the road. In the last one year, 11 children in the age group of 0 to 1 and seven in the age group of 1 to 5 died besides three pregnant women for want of medical facilities in Kodakarai. The nearest sub health centre is in Nemileri.

Attention please: An overhead water tank built six months ago remains idle for want of power connection in Kodakarai village in Denkanikottai taluk. — Photo: N. Bashkaran.

The villagers say that a Village Health Nurse is now visiting the village regularly due to the monitoring of the UNICEF and other non-governmental agencies.

Even to buy provisions, the villagers have to trek 9 km to take a bus to Pettamukulalam or Denkanikottai. A road that was recently laid at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh has vanished and it is very difficult to ride even a two-wheeler on the stretch.

Though a part-time ration shop is functioning in a building meant for sub health centre, the essentials are supplied only thrice a month. The villagers allege that the items are sold over and above the rate fixed by the government. The cardholders are paying Rs. 5 each for a truck load a month. There are 400 cardholders in the village. 

The two overhead tanks built by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board in Kodakarai and Irular Colony are yet to be utilised as there is no power connection.

Though there are 30 children registered in the anganwadi centre in the village, only three are attending the centre regularly. With no transport facility, many children here could not continue their higher education.

Village head N. Rudrappa admits that child marriages are still performed in spite of awareness campaigns and strict warning by the district administration. Many senior citizens are yet to get pension and those who are getting the assistance are yet to get their share of 35 kg rice a month.

The villagers appealed to the district administration to provide the basic amenities immediately.

R. Arivanantham – From THE HINDU

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