Villas in Sheraton villages in West Bengal are the epitome of luxury and luxury is a thing of the past.
These villas at Sheraton Villas, a small but affluent village in Mysore state, cost up to $1,000 per month.
While a luxury hotel in Kolkata is around $2,000, Sheraton villas are far more expensive.
The villas, which can accommodate 10 people, are owned by the state government, but they are also owned by local villagers.
Sheraton villagers say that the government has not done much to address the problem of pollution and poor infrastructure in these villages.
“The government has been doing nothing,” said village elder and resident of Sheraton, Dinesh Yadav.
“If there is a problem, it is in the local administration.
We have been protesting the pollution of the village for years and years.”
Yadav, who is the village’s only resident, said that the villagers have not received any help from the government.
“We don’t have any water, no electricity, no roads,” he said.
“No government officials are available for us to meet our needs.
We need help from our local administration and the central government.”
The villa in Sherton, which has been built by local architect and architect Shanti Khatri, has a total floor area of 2,200 square metres.
The owner of the villa, Nandita Kumar, said the village is in dire need of construction work.
“Our village is suffering because of a lack of construction material,” Kumar said.
He said that construction work has been going on at the villas for several months, but it has not yet been completed.
“In the last two months, we have been receiving a monthly salary of Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000,” Kumar told News24.
Kumar said that while the villagers are being paid salaries, they are not receiving any maintenance.
“This is why we are living on bread and rice.
We don’t get any money,” he added.
The residents are also concerned about the safety of their property.
“There is no water in the villasphere.
If there is any pollution, we can die of thirst,” said Yadav who said he is afraid of dying of thirst.
Yadav said that since the government did not do much to improve the conditions in the village, he is ready to die.
“My family is dying every day because we don’t receive any help,” he told News 24.
“I don’t want to die of hunger.
I don’t care about money.
I am not hungry.”
The villagers also have complaints about the construction work at the Sheraton village.
“Every time I go to the village to work, I see that the work is going on and we are not getting any help.
There are no people in the villages,” said Khatriv.
“It is like we are working under a dictatorship.
If I want to visit the village on my own, I can do it by myself,” said another resident, Khatrav.
“When I go back home, I have to come to work every day.
If they come and say that we have done work, they won’t let us do it,” he alleged.
“Why are they working in the fields while the houses are being built?” he asked.
Yadab Singh, who lives next to the Sherton villas and has been a resident of the area for several years, told News18 that he has been protesting against the pollution for over a year now.
“People are dying every month.
The government has failed miserably,” he claimed.
“They have made us suffer so that we will not fight,” he insisted.
Yadakab Singh said that his family is not allowed to go outside the village because of the pollution.
“After working on the construction of our villa for several decades, we finally got permission from the state to live outside,” he explained.
“But we have not been able to get any work because of pollution.
There is no electricity in the area, there is no drinking water, and no sewage is being discharged,” Singh added.
“Now, we are trying to protest against the government’s inaction,” said Singh.
Yadawas father, Shivam Singh, said his family has been living on a small amount of food for the past four years.
“Before the pollution, my father used to get about 1 kg of rice a day from the village,” he recalled.
“However, now we are getting no food at all.”
Yadawakas father said that villagers are also suffering because the local authorities are not doing enough to deal with the pollution in their village.
He also said that because of this, his family was forced to sell their land to help the villagers.
“For years, I used to sell my land for Rs. 30,000 a hectare in Mumbaikars