No road link to village, Kullu woman gives birth en route hospital

No road link to village, Kullu woman gives birth en route hospital

A pregnant woman being carried by a villager.

Dipendra Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, September 14

In the absence of a road connectivity to Mail village of Banjar Assembly segment in Kullu, a pregnant woman could not reach hospital in time and gave birth on the way on Monday.

According to residents, the village under the Gadaparli panchayat is situated around 8 km away from the nearest road. As a result, they have to walk this distance to reach the roadside and find a transport facility.

“On Monday, villagers carried a pregnant woman on their shoulders to reach the roadside to arrange transport to the Banjar hospital. However, due to the long distance, it took them hours to reach the roadside. Due to the delay, the woman had to go through severe pain and finally gave birth on the roadside,” said Ramesh Dhami, a resident of the village.

Agitated residents of the village said it was high time that the state government provided a proper road connectivity to the village along with transport facilities.

They said a road was one of the basic things required to ensure development of an area and the state government should make efforts in this regard.

Ajay Kumar, vice-pradhan of the Gadaparli gram panchayat, said, “We are urging the state government to provide road connectivity to the villages of this panchayat, which is a remote panchayat of Banjar subdivision. In emergency cases, people face a lot of inconvenience in taking their family members to hospital. Sometimes, people lose their lives due to the delay in getting medical care.”

“Besides, without road connectivity, it is not easy to transport our agricultural and horticultural produce to distant markets in time,” he said.

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