Gandhinagar: Randheja village of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat has been waiting to get proper roads since last 10 years. Of the 22 kilometers of roads in the village, only 3 kilometers of it is a pucca road. The remaining 19 kilometers are just dusty paths.

One of the villagers Tejmal Rabari tells us that this village was selected for the Rurban Scheme where development works worth Rs 33 crores were to be done, but only drainage lines were laid. The villagers had collected Rs 13 lakhs as their share for the 20 feet deep under-ground gutter line. Almost all the roads were dug up for this work, and after the lines were laid, the roads remained as it is and the administration didn’t bother fixing it.

In the year 2007, the plan to build roads in the village is still lying in the Rurban Scheme files at the district panchayat office and it’s been 10 years since the villagers are waiting for the pucca roads to be built. So far only 3 kilometers long road has been built from the gram panchayat funds.

Residents face a harrowing time during the monsoons as they have to wade through water that gets collected in the potholes. Adding to the misery of the villagers, mosquitoes breed on the stagnated muddy water and water-borne diseases spread.

Jasubhai Parmar, the Sarpanch of the village tells us that we’ve made several representations on this front since 2007, but action has been taken so far. The Gandhinagar District Development Officer was too apprised of the conditions in the village, but no steps have been taken.

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