NALBARI, July 21 - For over 80 years, the villagers of Garamchung and ten of its adjoining villages along the border of Kamrup and Nalbari district have been crossing the Baralia river by small country boats under very risky conditions.
Developmental activities initiated by the Government after independence have failed to touch the lives of the remote villages.The Garamchung Ghat of the Baralia river is owned by the PWD authority and the department has been providing a boat along with a boatman to help the villagers navigate the river.
The boatman named Rajib Das told this Correspondent that hundreds of villagers cross the river from 7 am to 8 pm daily. A small boat is the only means of communication of the villagers in order to cross the deep river. Oft-repeated popular slogans of development by the Government seem to fall flat in the villages which have remained underdeveloped in all the sectors.
A housewife of the village named Anima Das said her children had to cross the river by the small boat in order to reach school. Risking life and limb, the children avail the boat service even during the monsoon season, when the river is in spate.
The village woman therefore demanded the concerned authority to construct a bridge at Garamchung Ghat of Baralia river in order to ameliorate their collective plight.