Kumram Bheem Asifabad: For 25 years, public transport remained a mirage due to various for Adivasis or the ethnic tribes dwelling in remote Mangi gram panchayat, consisting of 30 hamlets. However, their dream was fulfilled by police, who repaired a 3-kilometer long ghat road between Mangi and Manikyapur with the help of local tractors owners.
The hapless dwellers of the interior yet hilly region Mangi lost the public transport system to heavy rains that battered the rocky stretch and banned Maoists, who made the area their bastion, in 1995. Consequently, they have been either forced to trek for about 25 kilometers or to rely on private carriers to find the bus service from Tiryani mandal headquarters for over two decades. They had been invariably struggling to reach the external world for various needs during the period.
Cut to present, the gullible ethnic tribes can now easily reach mandal headquarters not only to buy groceries but to rush their family members to a primary health centre during medical emergencies. The credit goes to the intervention and special interest of Tiryani Sub-Inspector Pushpala Rama Rao who is devoted to addressing challenges of the tribals of this interior mandal of the district.
Rama Rao, who is known for organising a slew of community outreach programmes, laid a special focus on easing the woes of Adivasis on coming to know about the ordeal of the tribes inhabiting Mangi and neighboring habitations, recently. He requested owners of 15 tractors and a JCB machine to lend a helping hand in restoring the road. The police, owners and locals successfully repaired the stretch in three days.
“We achieved the mission of fulfilling the long-cherished dream of Adivasis by taking assistance from the owners of the tractors and locals. As many as 1,050 cubic meters of gravel was used to form the road. Residents of Mangi region extended their cooperation in repairing the facility. Then, we have approached the authorities of the Telangana Road Transport Corporation to examine the feasibility of resuming the bus service to the remote part,” Rama Rao told Telangana Today.
The State-owned corporation conducted a trial run of the service from Tiryani mandal centre to Mangi on Monday and agreed to ply buses with the advent of the improved road network. On Thursday, Superintendent of Police (Administration) YVS Sudheendra formally flagged off to the facility, cheering the tribals of not only Mangi, but also residents of the remote Manikyapur, Gundala, Kowtagaon, Mulkalamanda, gram panchayats.
Speaking on the occasion, Sudheendra was all praise for Rama Rao and his team for addressing the challenge of the ethnic tribes. He stated that Rama Rao was going the extra mile and setting an example to his counterparts in serving the community. He added that the police department would always be at the forefront in extending all support to the tribals and transforming their lives.
Mangi residents elated over resumption of bus services
The very first sight of the Telangana Road Transport Corporation’s (TSRTC) bus emerging from those distant curvy yet dangerous ghats brought cheer to the ethnic tribes or Adivasis dwelling in the remote Hostelguda, Patelguda, Bheempur, Bandarghat, Asunur, Rajguda, Kolamguda, hamlets under Mangi gram panchayat. The bus service was resumed, following the restoration of a road, on Thursday.
The residents, who had been demanding for resumption of the service for 26 years, were elated to find the service at their hamlets. “The occasion was nothing short of a festival for the dwellers of over 30 hamlets under this remote gram panchayat. The tribals have been yearning for the facility since 1995. It’s a dream come true moment for them. We will be indebted to Tiryani police and to those who extended their helping hand to address our problem,” Sidam Achyut Rao, Patel or Headman of Mangi told ‘Telangana Today.’
As part of community policing, Tiryani police came forward to restore a 3 kilometers long Ghat road and helped Adivasis dwelling in about 30 hamlets to have access to the public transport system. Tiryani Sub-Inspector P Rama Rao was the driving force of the initiative that cheered the tribals. ASP Sudheendra formally inaugurated the bus service from Tiryani mandal centre to Mangi on Thursday.
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