UKHRUL| Feb 12
Locals of Kachouphung Village located about 100 km away from Ukhrul Headquarter and sharing international border (Pillar No. 223 and 224) with Myanmar, is facing intense hardships due to the lack of basic amenities such as health centre, electricity and education (schools).
Besides these, the village also has no proper road connecting it with the rest of the world. And although the construction of a PMGSY road from Chamu to Kachouphung Part III (a distance of 10km) was awarded to a contractor named, N. Biramani Singh at a cost of Rs. 35163518 along with five year maintenance fund amounting to Rs. 2167474, the said road which was supposed to commence from December 7, 2015 and completed by January 7, 2017 has not reached Kachouphung Village yet.
While the earth work for the new alignment is in progress, villagers are praying that the on-going road construction activities are not stalled hoping that there is road connectivity before the onset of this year monsoon. From years, it has become a practice for the villagers to store rations and others necessary items before the rainy season sets in.
Regarding the educational sector, the only government aided school in the village; Kachouphung LP School is also lying in a dilapidated condition. It has been reported that in 1993, the whole village including the school complex was allegedly torched and burnt down by suspected Kuki militants; and since then, the school building has been standing without walls and a proper roof.
Apart from the lack of proper road connectivity and educational institution, there is no health centre in Kachouphung and the villagers are yet to fix their solar light being provided by MANIREDA in 2018. While, in March 2018, the villagers had to walk till Chamu to fetch their first allotment of solar batteries and plates, the second allotment was received by villagers in the month of October 2018.
The villagers further informed that while collecting the battery and plate, officials from MANIREDA had assured to send their technicians to fix and assemble the solar lighting equipment while also instructing them not to let any unauthorised technician assemble the equipment, but it has been almost a year that MANIREDA has sent any technician and the solar batteries and plates are being kept in their kitchen without utilising them.