Kakkattukadu people to ask for road during CM’s visit

Kakkattukadu people to ask for road during CM’s visit

Kumaraswamy is scheduled to visit the village on December 8. (DH File Photo)

Residents of Kakkattukadu near Guhya in Virajpet taluk will organise a protest during the chief minister’s visit to the village on December 8, said resident Rejit Kumar.

The residents are demanding good roads for the village, he added.

Rejit Kumar told reporters on Sunday that the officials and the elected representatives have completely neglected the road.

“Condemning the government’s apathy, a protest will be staged by the people from the Siddapur region in front of the chief minister,” he said.

“As many as 35 families reside in Kakkattukadu village. The lack of road is forcing children and elderly people to walk long distances on the hilly region in order to reach the urban areas,” said Rejit Kumar.

He also cited an example, “A few months ago, a girl slipped and fell in the River Cauvery. As there was no motorable road, the girl breathed her last when she was being taken to the hospital on foot.”

Further, he said that a pregnant woman and a child had lost their lives in similar manners – when they were being taken to the hospital.

“The villagers have been campaigning for a motorable road for many years now. Our efforts, however, have all gone in vain,” said Rejit Kumar.

He added that a memorandum will be submitted to the chief minister in this regard on the occasion.

Rejit Kumar, however, accused ‘self-styled environmentalists’ of opposing the road work. “Their hidden agenda has been to convert the ‘Devarabana’ forest area into coffee estates,” he alleged.

He said that some other people are also spreading rumours on social media declaring that the village already has two roads.

Residents of Kakkattukadu Rajesh, K G Chandra, Hanif and Niaz were present at the press meet.