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Gujarat polls: Virangam roads remain potholed, forgotten

Despite being the largest block in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district, the main road in Virangam is in a dilapidated condition for years together without any repair.

"Virangam is the centre of 114 villages and thousands of people use the road everyday. Although companies like Tata Nano, Nirma and Pacific have their complexes on this road there is no improvement in the condition of the road," said Sanjay, who shot this video for the Video Volunteers India Unheard campaign.

Bad roads of Virangam. Image courtesy Sanjay

"For the last five years, the road has been like that," said an autorickshaw driver.

"The government is not paying attention to this road in Virangam. People are taking bribe but doing nothing," alleged a local resident.

"The public is assured every year that the road will be repaired but to no effect," said another person.

"The road is potholed. Sewage from the gutters flow on to the road making it difficult for the pedestrians to walk. The condition of all internal roads in Virangam are similar," said a person who frequently struggles to travel on the road.

Finally forced by the poor road condition in Virangam to become a citizen journalist, Sanjay asked if a democracy be called real if it fails to provide basic needs.

The state goes to polls on 13 and 17 December. The counting of votes is on 20 December.

Updated Date: Dec 11, 2012 18:35 PM