The villagers of Chhota Udepur district are facing a lot of trouble as the drain connecting Gaman Faliya at Sadhali has been in a damaged condition for years. School-going children are forced to cross the river through the water, risking their lives.
The cove over the ravine broke within about 2-3 years of its construction.
Sadhali village in Pavi Jetpur taluka has a population of about 2500. The ravine has divided the village into two parts as the ravine goes through the middle of the village. The causeway over the ravine was built a generation ago, and broke down within two to three years of its construction. Since the damage to the causeway, the people of Gama Falia of Sadhali have been struggling.
Villagers attempt to build a road over the ravine in winters and summers, but the situation is much worse in monsoons, when the road is completely blocked due to soil erosion in the gushing waters of the ravine. In the monsoons, the villagers of this village are entirely cut off from the rest of the world. People of the village are forced to get into the river to fetch salt.
In this village, there are a few parents who are aware of the importance of education and, hence, send their children to school without fail. These school-going children are also are forced to put their lives at risk by crossing the ravines twice a day.
The ravine situation is especially troublesome when someone falls sick. 108 cannot be dialled as they cannot travel to the village. When a pregnant lady is in labour pain or someone falls extremely sick, they are placed on a cot and the cot is taken across the ravine. Villagers share that sometimes an unfavourable incident takes place before the cot can be taken to the other side.
The villagers have decided that the bridge of this ravine should be constructed at the earliest and if it does not take place, they are ready to do Satyagrah to revolt against the same.