Gandhinagar: Troubled by a highway passing right through their village, residents of Pirojpur in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat have threatened to boycott the upcoming General elections next year if the administration doesn’t take any action to bring solutions to their problem.

The Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar highway that cuts right into Pirojpur village has divided the village in a manner that the villagers’ houses are on the side and their farms on the other side of the highway. Farmers tilling their farms and children going to schools have to take a 4-kilometer long detour to cross the highway and go to the other side. The former sarpanch of the village claims that he had written to the National Highways Authority of India apprising them of the situation of Pirojpur and had taken up the matter with the local MLA Shambhuji Thakor, who had assured them of all help and promised them that their issue will be taken up with the collector of Gandhinagar district by him. But no action has been taken yet.

The current village sarpanch Ravjibhai Jadhav said “The government plans to make this highway into a six-lane one and has already elevated its height by 10 feet. It would cause trouble to the residents of Pirojpur once the Highway is opened up for traffic. Seventy percent of the village with settlements have fallen on one side of the highway, and our farms on the other side. Students and farmers have to take a long detour to cross to the other side. If this highway becomes public, students will drop out of school.”

He further added, “If the government doesn’t resolve their issue soon, the village might boycott the 2019 Loksabha elections and would take to the streets in protest.”

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