Hamirpur: Development certainly is a double-edged sword. If not handled properly it can be quite a problem. Whereas big projects have always been a headache for everyone concerned with the ‘dream’, it is not uncommon to see even micro projects going haywire. A small example is there for us to see in the Dalcehra panchayat near Baba Balak Nath in Hamirpur district.
What began as a novel idea for the upliftment of the area is turning out to be a nightmare for the residents.
Within about five square kilometre area of the panchayat, 24 watershed dams have been constructed by the government and the local residents have no idea about why do they need so many water bodies. In fact, for them the ponds have become ‘watery graves’ with two child deaths already having been reported from the area due to drowning.
Villagers complain that they were not taken into confidence by the authorities while planning these water bodies. Residents now feel scared to send their little ones to school alone. Villagers also complain that water bodies have also not been of much use in irrigation and reviving the traditional water bodies.
Now another water body is being planned in the outskirts of the area, which again has raised quite a controversy as villagers now want a justification for the project, and also allege that they are not being taken into confidence by the authorities.