This blog is dedicated to the People Led Development (PLD) approach in development sector. The blog reflects PLD stories and experiences from the fields of North East (NE) India, a repository of several ethnic groups with unique tradition and culture.
PLD is the integral component of a project titled Facilitating Agriculture Regeneration (FARM) in North East India. FARM is being implemented by partners in 7 states of NE India except Sikkim and supported by Caritas India.
Friday, 21 August 2015
COMMUNITY REPAIRS A WATER LOGGED ROAD IN VILLAGE
Drain dug out for installing PVC pipes
Water logging on the roads during rains used
to make life difficult for the people in Rajabari village under Jorhat District
of Assam. The road is vital means of transportation & communication for
people living in that area. “We are dependent
on this road on a daily basis to meet our need but due to water logging it got
difficult for us to even walk on the road”, said Ms. Gulapi Guria. Having
faced all the hardships the community thought of taking a concrete step towards
repairing the road. During one of the visits of the project team of Seva Kendra
Dibrugarh (SKD), the community shared the issue of water logging in their road.
“We told our friends from SKD the tale of
our sufferings due to water logging & they gave us a patient hearing”, said
Ms. Ursella Guria.
Community doing the repair works
The Farmers’ Club (FC) of Rajabari then mobilized
itself & sat together to decide on the course of action. Team SKD
facilitated the meeting & motivated the community to take action. “We decided that 32 households would contribute
Rs 30 each along with labour for the repair of the road,” said Alen Guria (FC
President). The community made request to SKD for financial assistance towards
purchasing PVC pipes for the repair. “We
told them (Team SKD) that we may not be able to collect the entire amount
required for purchasing materials required for repair works”, said Clement
Surin. The group work of the community began in the month of June-July 2015.
The men were involved in the repair works while the women supported them with
food & others.
PVC Pipe installed for proper drainage
Given the seriousness of the issue, Team SKD
thought that it would be appropriate if they could help the community by
contributing financially towards purchasing two numbers of PVC pipes of 20 feet
each length required for making the drainage on the road. SKD in consultation
with the Zonal office of Caritas India decided to contribute the PVC pipes. “Our happiness was doubled when we saw SKD
contributing with the PVC pipes”, said Benjamin Guria. The repair works was finally completed by the
community during July 2015. The road today wears a new look & is free of
water logging no matter it rains or not.
The community looked happy as well as motivated
& it seemed that they found a new lease of life after having repaired the
road for good. “We are grateful to SKD
friends for having helped us to solve the problem of water logging in our area”,
said a happy looking Ms. Albescia Minj.
Contributed by, Cornelius Minj, SKD, Dibrugarh, Assam