Link Road through MGNREGA transforms lives

Elathur Gram Panchayat under Shencottai block of Tirunelveli district has played a pioneering role in improving the infrastructure of the village through MGNREGA and engaging the villagers to earn wages through the scheme. Gram Sabha has been effectively used as a platform to deliberate on inclusive planning and structured growth of Elathur Village which and created awareness amongst the people and generated demand for work. In 2015-16, it selected construction of one-kilometer long link road between Tenkasi -Madurai and Elathur – Tenkasi that has significantly transformed the lives of the people in the village.

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IMPLEMENTATION

The proposal of the link road at an estimated cost of Rs 3.3 lakhs was sent to DRDA in Tirunelveli district which received the administrative sanction in November 2015, followed by the technical sanction. The actual expenditure incurred was Rs 3.14 lakhs and 2039 person-days were generated. The work was completed in January 2016.

The above earthen road is now being improved as a black cement road under the Tamil Nadu Rural Roads Infrastructure Scheme 2016-17 at an estimated cost of Rs.17.29 lakhs.

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IMPACT

The link road can be accessed by Elathur, Kuthukalvalasai, Kanakkapillai Valasai and Seevanallur panchayat people. The wage seekers earned Rs 3.14 lakhs through e-FMS with wages being directly credited into their nationalized bank savings account.

For the farmers, this road was extremely useful to transport agricultural produce while the children used it for going to school. In general, the road made Tenkasi government hospital, local bus-stand, Teacher Training institute, petrol pumps and other utilities accessible to the villagers. The road is also just 5 minutes away from the Quilon-Thirumanglam National Highway thus significantly reducing the travel distance and time of the villagers.

VOICE FROM THE FIELD:

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“We are very proud to use this road which has been constructed by our own village people. The road is very convenient for us to reach our agricultural site and to easily transport agricultural produces with our tools.” Ramesh, a farmer in Elathur village

“The road has enabled our students to come to the institute on time and return to their homes safely. It has also reduced the distance and overall time of travelling.” Rama subbu, Principal, Teacher Training Institute in Elathur village

“As we are girl students can safely go to the institute with our own two wheeler like vehicles. The road is formed in a pollution free environment that ensure the mental and physical freshness.” A student in Elathur

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