It was really a dream come true for several inaccessible naxal-affected villages located along the shores of river adjoining neighbouring Chhattisgarh State in Mahadevpur mandal to see the developmental works being taken up under the ambitious Integrated Action Plan (IAP) programme in Karimnagar district.

Several remote villages, including Peddampeet, Sarvaipeta, Mukunur, Neelampalli, Pankena, Palimela, Suraram, Lenkalagadda and other villages of Mahadevpur mandal, which would be cut-off from the rest of the world during the rainy season, would now become accessible with the authorities laying roads and providing other facilities under the IAP programme.

Foundation stones

Amid unprecedented security arrangements, Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu and Peddapalli MP G.Vivekanand visited the interior Peddampet village of Mahadevpur mandal on Saturday to lay foundation stones for various developmental works.

Collector Smita Sabharwal, Superintendent of Police V.Ravinder, OSD Vikramjeet Duggal and others were also present.

Rs. 30 crore funds

Under the IAP programme, the Union government had sanctioned Rs.30 crore. Out of which, Rs.23 crore would be spent in the remote and inaccessible villages of Mahadevpur, Mahamutharam and Kataram mandals in Manthani Assembly segment represented by the Minister.

A total of 319 works were being taken up in these three mandals, including the dairy units, Anganwadi centres, internal roads, primary health centre, electricity works, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that they had also proposed to start a youth training centre in Kataram mandal to provide training in various trades for self-employment of the youth from the naxal-affected villages of the region and discourage them from joining the naxal forces. He said that the works were taken up after identification of the same at the grama sabhas.

Later, the Minister along with MP laid foundation stone for the construction BT road under Nabard at Raghavapalli village of Malharrao mandal at a cost of Rs.80 lakhs and construction of model school under RMSA at Edlapalli village of the same mandal at a cost of Rs.3.02 crore. The Minister also conducted bhumipuja for the modernisation of canalas of Boggulavagu project at Rudraram village of Malharrao mandal taken up under the Japan international corporation agency (JIKA) at a cost of Rs.8 crore benefitting seven villages.