Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 14:22 IST
Kolkata [Calcutta], India
With nearly all villagers incomes their earnings via the sale of a spread of merchandise made of thermocol, a small village in West Bengal is catching consideration for its peculiar title, saved after the product they make income from. “Shola” village in the Cooch Behar district has its name associated with the livelihood of the people of the village.
About 60 families live in this village and earn their living by selling thermocol items. For the longest time, every family in this village has been supporting themselves by making these items.
Earlier, the villagers used to procure thermocol from Assam, but ever since that window closed, they have now been getting it from Kolkata.
Some key items made of thermocol include bride and groom crowns, wedding garlands, garlands for various deities. The demand for such items used to be immense back in the day, but in the present, people seem more drawn to use of plastic, among other things.
“A total of 50 to 60 families live in this village. They are mainly living their lives by making these thermocal items. But as time goes by, people are showing reluctance to use the items made by thermocal,” mentioned Dhirendra Nath Malakar, a resident of this village.
Nevertheless, individuals work day and night time to maintain the thermocol trade in Shola village regardless of dealing with many issues. “If individuals don’t purchase this stuff, how will they handle our households,” another resident said. He also claimed that government assistance has not knocked on doors of Shola village residents.
Panchayat elections are coming up in the village, and the election date will be announced soon. People have raised concern about the dying industry and have sought help from the state government.
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