Internet comes calling on a forest hamlet
The tribal kids of Shingapara (Muthikulam) colony, deep contained in the Siruvani forest within the district, had been on cloud 9 on Thursday as they obtained Internet connectivity for the primary time of their hamlet.
The 36 Irula households residing at Sholayur grama panchayat of Attappady block have been just about marooned due to their location, which is about 30 km from Mannarkkad. The colony individuals have been travelling practically three hours to achieve Sholayur for his or her on a regular basis wants.
The Internet introduced in pleasure, however quickly a pall of gloom fell over the youngsters quickly after Subcollector Arjun Pandian inaugurated the connectivity. Some of them cried on studying that Mr. Pandian was transferred to Wayanad.
Mr. Pandian had gone the additional mile to convey Internet connectivity to the youngsters. “During my visit to the colony in February this year that I learned that the children, including those who pursue degree courses, had to walk five kilometres to access Internet for online education,” stated Mr. Pandian.
A collective effort
His initiative led to a joint effort by the Department of Forests, Sirivani Irrigation Project, the Department of Tribal Development, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). With the inexperienced sign from the Forest authorities, the Siruvani Irrigation Project prolonged its BSNL leaseline facility arrange for monitoring water stage in Siruvani Dam.
“It was a heartwarming moment when the colony got mobile network and digital coverage with the help of BSNL,” stated Mr. Pandian. With the assistance of WiFi routers, they may entry Internet from their properties.
Mr. Pandian was a contented man as he began packing for his Wayanad stint. “Initially we could give them Internet with 8 mbps speed. Around 10 persons could access it at the same time,” he stated. The facility can be expanded within the coming days, he added.