Despite promises by politicians to asphalt the pucca road, nothing has happened
CANACONA: Cajugoton, a quaint hamlet in Padi village, has remained secluded due to the lack of a proper road, even after 57 years of Goa’s liberation.
Whenever a villager falls ill, locals put together a make shift bed and carry the patient on their shoulders for three kilometers till they reach a road at Gokuldem.
Cajugoton is unique not only because it is located in dense forests, but also it is the only village which falls in Sanguem taluka but is nearer to Quepem; it is even closer to Canacona as far as travelling to government offices or market is concerned.
“If we have to attend to any panchayat related or for any other government work, it takes over two hours to reach Neturli village which is about 50 kms via Quepem. A proper road if constructed from Gokuldem to Neturli which is just six kms will bring a huge relief to us,” an elderly villager said.
There exists a pukka road passing through this village from Gokuldem to Neturli but due to the terrain and steep slopes it is next to impossible to negotiate it with even a two-wheeler.
A resident who identified himself as Ulhas said that each time elections approach, they are promised that the road would be asphalted but as of yet nothing has happened.
Enquiries revealed that the road has to pass through two plots belonging to private persons and the file has been submitted to the deputy collector with panchayat resolution for acquiring the land for the road.
Further enquiries revealed that the administrative approval is granted and it’s stuck for financial approval.
Elderly residents of the village complained that their village was earlier in Padi panchayat jurisdiction but after the delimitation few years ago they are shifted to Sanguem constituency.
Another person in a lighter note said that SudinDhavalikar became PWD minister immediately after he visited a temple which is above their village. “If he provides this road his political ambition to become Goa’s chief minister might be fulfilled,” he joked.
Like Cajugoton, Vavurlem villagers on the next hill have to literally lift the sick on their shoulders to reach the closest motorable road to take the patients to the nearest hospital which is either Canacona or Balli.
Children from these two villages who walk to their school have a daunting task ahead as they have to encounter water streams which rage in monsoon season.
The locals here belong to Scheduled Cast and Tribe Community; they mostly depend on agriculture for livelihood and find it difficult to transport their produce to the market.