Herald: Absence of connectivity and water mar youngster’s careers in Morpilla

Absence of connectivity and water mar youngster’s careers in Morpilla

09 Jun 2018 05:45am IST
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09 Jun 2018 05:45am IST
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The residents have been at the receiving end of false promises from politicians eager for votes, they suffer from the absence of a proper road and continous disruption in the supply of water. The Herald visited the place and spoke to the residents

The highway roads to Canacona are scenic with massive rains trees lining the road on either side.  On a chicane we see some young girls walking trying to sell pineapples on the side of the highway.

These girls thread along an off road path and hit the highway with their produce. They explain to us how their hamlet is in the middle of the forest and hence the Forest Department has denied them a main road.

“Caju Mol, Morpilla is located in the middle of the Forest area and hence the Forest Department has denied them connectivity to the Canacona highway. Fifteen years ago, the rumble was embedded and road connectivity was promised to Morpilla but till date we’re not allowed nor given a road. So many different MLAs have served from here including Babu Kavlekar but nobody promises a road” said a local

Sanjay Gaonkar a primary school teacher and many other unemployed youth are seated together reading the paper along the village square. Sanjay also complaints of water and how the tanker refuses to come into the village because it is off road

“Connectivity issues forces the villages to have an erratic supply of LPG, water and electricity at Caju Mol, Morpilla. There isn’t even phone network in the village and hence youngsters like him can’t even get calls for employment opportunities. So bad is the state of this little village with about 200 homes,” stated Sanjay. Here people had small land holdings and now families have grown. People here are mostly into the business of cashew extraction to make Urrack and Feni and sell to suppliers but no funds, no money to buy additional land and no connectivity to find potential customers makes life really hard for these villagers of Caju Mol.

Krishna Gaonkar quit his job at Margao because of low pay and is unemployed at Caju Mol, Morpilla and while he asks anybody to find him a job in Cuncolim and Margao. Krishna explains to us that it’s very difficult to commute in the darkness on the off road which doesn’t even have street lights due to which girls are not allowed to work outside the hamlet.

The village elders at Caju Mol, Morpilla explain to us that multiple MLAs filled dreams and aspiration in the local youth but only exploited the youngsters and till date has done nothing for their up liftman. While they have to travel as far as Cuncolim because of the lack of a college or any other professional course in Morpilla.

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