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Declared unsafe, Himachal's rural folk abandon villages

Declared unsafe, Himachal's rural folk abandon villages

A view of old and abandoned houses in a village. File photo



Ravinder Sood

Palampur, July 10

The large-scale migration of people from the rural areas of Himachal Pradesh to nearest cities is a matter of concern for the state government. One can see hundreds of old houses abandoned in villages. The new generation is unwilling to settle in the rural areas. This is happening because of the fact that even after 75 years of independence, governments that ruled the state failed to develop amenities.

Many rural areas of the state suffered devastation due to natural calamities in the last few years, and the government has failed to repair and restore the roads or introduce better water supply schemes. Many villages have been declared unsafe by the government where hills were sinking because of large soil erosion and landslides.

Information gathered by The Tribune reveals that poor infrastructure, road network, frequent power failures in the rural areas of the state, lack of medical and education facilities and various other factors led to large-scale migration from hill areas. Governments which reigned the state turned a blind eye to the problems and no efforts were made to stop the migration.

Hundreds of families from rural areas of Kangra and adjoining Mandi districts have shifted to Palampur, Baijnath, Joginder Nagar, Gopalpur, Bhawarna, Paprola in the past five years. Dozens of colonies have come up in and around Palampur, where several outsiders have settled and bought costly lands. Similar is the situation in other districts of the state.

“Environmental degradation, over exploitation of natural resources, illegal mining and reckless cutting of hills have further compounded these problems. The policy of the state government for exploiting natural resources with total disregard environment laws and not caring for the consequences have further degraded the ecology of the hill state region which has created serious problems for the rural population forcing them to leave their villages” said Subhash Sharma, an environmentalist and member of NGO People’s Voice.

The Himalayan mountain ranges are comparatively young and not yet fully established. The overexploitation of natural resources in the hill region has caused large landslides, flash floods and soil erosion, which in some cases have even changed the geography of the region and caused untold hardships to the local people.

The state government should come out with a comprehensive plan to attract people back to their villages in the hill state. The government should make efforts to make villages connected with a well-developed road network, medical and education facilities which will give confidence to the locals to get immediate assistance during emergencies. Moreover, it should stop the over exploitation of natural resources because of illegal mining, cutting of green cover.

It should strengthen the rural health services, emergency healthcare facilities should be created in villages at the panchayat level and these should be well-connected by road to medical centres at the block and district levels. Livelihood opportunities should be developed at the village level.

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