SUCCESS STORY: A STITCH IN TIME

Accurate decisions taken by Gram Panchayat to resist natural disasters – Courtesy Khila Gram Panchayat, Udaynarayanpur Block, Howrah

A hamlet on the banks of Damodar – a picturesque village covered by greeneries, a perfect little example of the dream called Rural Bengal. The huge water mass of Damodar flows through the village located in sylvan surroundings. The Khila Gram Panchayat remains like a small temple complex within it. Every year, during the monsoon, the mighty Damodar overflows, flooding both its banks.

The Khila Gram Panchayat is a part of Udaynarayanpur – a remote block of Howrah district. Kaliyachawk – a backward Sansad of the Gram Panchayat, too, is flooded like the other Sansads in the vicinity. Flood waters isolate the Sansad, cutting off all contacts with the outside world, leading to extreme food shortage. But nothing much could be done against the might of Nature. The 1,132 people living in this Sansad desperately needed development of a mud road connecting Narkel Beria Burning Ghats with Kaliyachawk Shibtala to counter the flood situation. They discussed the matter in the Gram Sansad Sabha of No. 15 (Kaliyachawk) Sansad, and after taking unanimous decision, requested the Gram Panchayat to make the mud road all-weather durable. As a result, the members of Khila Gram Panchayat approved the program under Community Planning and implemented the activity under the financial assistance and supervision of the Fourteenth Finance Commission. The 430 feet long and 8 foot 3 inches wide road has been developed into a concrete road (improvement of road by cement concrete from Narkelberia Swasan to Kaliyachak Shibtala at Kaliyachak) at an expenditure of Rs. 3 Lakhs.

The Pradhan of Khila Gram Pancahayat expressed her pleasure in the actualization of the project and said that the Panchayat has taken a step forward by the construction of this road and has improved the transportation facilities for the people of Kaliyachawk Sansad of Udaynarayanpur Block.

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