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BEHROR (Rajasthan): Until a few months ago, hardly anyone would have noticed the curiously named Googal Kota village in the Alwar district, one kilometer from the Delhi-Jaipur highway. But for four months now, cars heading to Delhi from Jaipur have been diverted through the village after the road was blocked in mid-December last year by protesting Rajasthan farmers. This unwanted entry of traffic into his village has enraged the more than 3,000 villagers.
Farmer Bhoop Singh, 65, a former head of Googal Kota, complained about the destruction of the village road by thousands of trucks and cars passing through the village streets. “With great effort, we laid brick roads in 2007 which we then upgraded to concrete in 2017,” Singh said, pointing to the puddles of sewage collected from the huge potholes created by heavy traffic. The constant flow of vehicles has also damaged the village’s drains.
Umrawali Devi, 70, who had spent her entire adult life in the village, had never seen living conditions deteriorate in this way. “We are concerned about our grandchildren, who are now not safe playing outside,” he said. “By the grace of God, no accident has occurred yet. But it’s only a matter of time. It’s worse at night when the trucks move in even larger numbers. ”There are around 500 houses in this Rajput-dominated village and residents say both children and their livestock are at risk of being hit by cars.
Suman Devi, who was recently elected to the panchayat, said potholes have gotten so deep in the past three months that vehicles break down because of them too. “Heavy cranes are often used to move stationary vehicles, but traffic stops throughout the entire process,” Devi said. “Most of the residents of Googal Kota are poor farmers who increase their income by raising livestock, but their safety cannot even be guaranteed in such an environment.”
Vikram Singh Chauhan, the village security guard, claimed that the degradation has taken place in recent months. “The drains have been broken and the sewage now flows into wells on the roads. Some sections are so bad that people are forced to go into the dirty water to pass, ”said Chauhan. Yet while they seemed palpably fed up with the inconvenience introduced into their lives, the villagers express sympathy for the cause of the restless farmers.
Googal Kota village is located in Behror tehsil of Alwar district in Rajasthan, about 70 km from the district headquarters, Alwar. The villagers claimed that the village has existed for about 300 years and has always remained, as it does today, in the border areas of small kingdoms and states. Shyam Sundar Yadav, sarpanch of the village, said: “Now people associate Googal Kota more with Google than the Internet, but the village has a rich history of 200 to 300 years and was inhabited in various ways by Gujjars, Yadavs and Rajputs in different epochs. Of course, people from all communities live here. Kota comes from the word kot, which translates to “strong.”
Yadav also admitted that the situation had deteriorated a lot, but claimed that restoration work would begin soon. “Travelers will have to find some way to get to their destinations. As of Tuesday, we will block the roads where the work to lay the sewer line will soon begin ”, he said. “Once the sewer line work is completed, we will submit a proposal for a new highway.”
The farmers’ protest has blocked several roads in the national capital NCR region, with motorists now passing through inland villages. They may be seeing how people live in places like Googal Kota, but the only consolation for the harrassed villagers is that this is giving them greater visibility to their civic issues.

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