Villagers plant banana tree in their hole-filled dirt road to protest broken govt promises for electricity & paved road made over a decade ago....
Angry villagers plant tree in road as a sarcasticexpression of their resentment of the attitudeof officialsPhotos by Prasit Tangprasert
Angry villagers plant tree in road
NAKHON RATCHASIMA ― Residents of tambon Po Klang of Muang district on Tuesday planted a banana tree on a pot-holed dirt road leading to their village, complaining that localauthorities had for ten years ignored their repeated requests for a better road and electricity.
About 20 angry residents of Ban Nong Pluang Manao, said planting the tree was a sarcasticexpression of their resentment of the attitudeof officialsat the Po Klang Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) office and the Provincial Electricity Authority, who had ignored their demands for a better road and a powerlines to their village for over a decade
They said the road was one kilometre long. The first 800 metres was already concreted, but the remaining 200 metres was a red dirt road.
The road became muddy and slipperyand full of water-filled potholes in the rainy season, making travel difficult, especially at night.
Man Pinyo, 73, said motorcyclists and cyclists, including pupils travelling to their school, were often spilled into the mud because of the slipperyroad conditions. They were left with mud all over their clothes and had to go home and change. It was even worse at night because the road was dark.
Every time they were asked to repairthe road, Po Klang TAO officialshad promised it would be done, but they were still waiting.
Praipan Rakchart, 58, said the villagers were told by provincialelectricity officialsthey would extend the power lineto their village if there were more than three households. The village had more than 20 families for the last several years, but still no powersupply.
The villagers were force to resort to tapping into electricity lines to a nearby village, using a makeshiftconnection This was dangerous, she said .
The group called on all agencies to provide immediateassistance
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agency: a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
assistance: help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ
attitude: someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour - ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง
authorities: government officials -
complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
concrete: a hard substance used in building made by mixing cement, sand, small stones, and water - คอนกรีต
condition: the physical state of a person, animal, thing or place - สภาพ
connection: something that connects two things, etc. - การเชื่อมต่อ การเชื่อมโยง
decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ, ระยะเวลา 10 ปี
demand: a very firm request for something - ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
especially: more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others - โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง
expression: things that people say, write or do in order to show their feelings, opinions and ideas - การแสดงความคิด, การแสดงออก
household: a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน
ignore: to intentionally not listen or give attention to - ทำเพิกเฉย
immediate: happening or done now, without any delay - ทันทีทันใด
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
makeshift: used temporarily for a particular purpose - ซึ่งทดแทนชั่วคราว, สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว
mud pit: a large hole in the ground filled with mud - หลุมโคลน
official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
pot-hole: a dangerous hole in the road -
power: energy from electricity - พลังงาน, พลังงานกล,พลัง, กำลัง, แรง
power line: a large wire carrying electricity to homes and businesses -
province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
provincial: related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country -
pupil: a student - นักศึกษา
repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
repeat: something that happens again, i.e., which is very similar to a previous happen - การกระทำซ้ำ
request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
resentment: a feeling of anger because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like - ความไม่พอใจ
resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้พักอาศัย, ผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
sarcastic: critical in a way that makes someone or something seem foolish, often by saying the opposite of what you mean - อย่างเสียดสี
slippery: wet, smooth or oily so that it slides easily or causes something to slide - ลื่น
spill: the amount of liquid that comes or falls out of a container - สิ่งที่หกล้น
tap: to get or make use of something - ใช้เป็นประโยชน์
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