“The backwoods are a beautiful and unique area in the heart of the state.
They are so remote that the land is not open to the public,” she said.
“You can’t even access the beach here, and the roads are not even paved.”
While the land has been reclaimed, many of the villages still remain untouched.
“Even in the ‘new’ era of the 1980s, the land was a rural landscape, but it is still rural,” Ms. Kulkarni said.
She said many people in the area had never visited the area before and it was a place of wonder to them.
“They have never experienced the beauty of the area.
Even if you go there and see it for yourself, you can’t understand how beautiful it is,” she added.
A ‘tough place’ with no roads, Ms. Rani said the village is an old, tough place.
“People here do not get a break,” she lamented.
“Most of them do not have a job.
Many are still unemployed.”
The locals also complain that the government is doing nothing to address the issue.
“There are no projects to help them.
The local government is not responsible,” she explained.
“We have to go to the government office every day to get our entitlements.”
The village, which is not connected to any other villages, has seen several deaths of people there.
Last year, a 65-year-old man died after falling from the hill and hitting his head.
“He was a poor farmer and his family is very poor,” said Ms. Thakur.
“A man like him would have been killed by the police, but the local government did not take action,” she claimed.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that the villagers are protected and we have to take care of them.”
Ms. Kumar said the government was also not doing enough to protect the people in need of protection.
“The government is only interested in protecting the rich and the land-owning elite,” she alleged.