There is considerable residency turn-over and lack of clarity on land title legality in some rural communities, where village land and the surrounding areas are owned both by farmers who have inherited their farms and by relatively new owners who have recently purchased land. Many of the latter group are not as yet integrated into the life of the community and often function as absentee land holders. As a result, tracts of land go unutilized. In addition, villages are usually formed as an unplanned clustering of houses with an emphasis on individual private dwellings rather than on public space for community use. Community facilities, such as a post offices, schools and health centres, are placed without an apparent overall plan or consideration for internal traffic flow. These factors serve to diminish the ability of residents to determine the way in which their community takes shape and give them the impression that they have no influence in determining their own destiny.
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