Pithoragarh, October 25
Residents of various villages of Berinag subdivision in Pithoragarh district are on an indefinite fast to pressure the government to construct a 35-km road from Haliadove to Nachni so that their children could travel to schools and colleges situated up to 15 km away.

Children of Mudoli village situated in the interior part of Berinag subdivision have to travel 15 km to reach the nearest intermediate college at Pankhu. They are even forced to travel 7 km to reach the nearest school as the government had refused to upgrade the primary school at their village.
Villagers said even local MLAs had not promised to get the primary school in Mudoli village upgraded. In such a situation the construction of a road from Haliadove to Nachni was the only solution, said Pitamber Dutt Pathak, who was on the fast for the sixth day today.
“Our students have to carry torches and sharp weapons to travel during evening time and safeguard against attacks by wild animals,” said Sher Singh Karki, who led a demonstration of villagers from around the area today.
“Some villages of Berinag subdivision are situated more than 15 km away from schools and colleges and it is difficult for students to travel a difficult mountainous terrain everyday. Sixty students, who travel on the route daily, are nowadays facing threat from wild animals as leopards are frequently seen in the area,” said Karki.

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