A road laid way back in 1975 in Saipung area of East Jaiñtia Hills district has become a road of misery for around 3000 people residing in many villages as it has almost turned into a swamp.
The road from Muallian and Thlangmoi in the area connects to as many as eight villages that include Tangnub, Moopad, Thlangmoi, Jongria, Sakua, Sialkan, Khuaingoi, Mualcheng and others.
Residents of the area said that it is difficult to rush sick people to the hospital on time especially during the monsoons because it takes almost three to four hours to travel to the district headquarter, Khliehriat, which is just 30 to 35 kilometers.
The Jaiñtia Youth Federation (JYF), Saipung circle on behalf of the people in Saipung has also left a plea to the Deputy Commissioner’s office through a memorandum on September 15 asking the office to “kindly” lay boulder stone on the portion of the road.
“This is the only road given by the State PWD in 1975 and in times of emergency cases medical health centers can only be reached at the nearest that is Saipung and it is impossible for the people especially in rainy seasons and in such cases many precious lives are lost,” the JYF said.
Despite the odds that people in these areas are experiencing, the plea made by the people through the JYF was just to lay boulder stones to bring temporary relief in times of emergency.