Kumram Bheem Asifabad: The scenes of shifting patients to nearby primary health centres using cots and trekking at least four km to buy ration from fair price shops will be a thing of the past. Tribals of these hamlets can now easily rush their family members to a hospital during a medical emergency. They can hire an autorickshaw to transport grains and other commodities.
The credit for this transformation goes to Asifabad police who with the help of locals laid a 9.5 km gravel road between Maoist-affected Lendiguda and Chorupalli and from Punaguda to Chorupalli in Lingapur mandal, bringing cheer to the hapless tribals and ending their decade long ordeal in accessing the external world for various needs. They came forward to address the challenge as part of community policing.
In-charge SP V Satyanarayana formally inaugurated the road facility on Wednesday. He was joined by ASP YVS Sudheendra.
Satyanarayana, who gave his nod after learning the pitiable plight of the tribals through local police officials, attracted locals by beginning his speech in Gondi language. He assured that the drinking water crisis of the hamlets would be addressed soon. He praised Jainoor Inspector Hanook and Lingapur Sub-Inspector N Madhukar for striving hard to form the road within barely a month of time, by taking assistance from locals who voluntarily extended 800 trips of gravel and 20 trips of chips.
Satyanarayana began his speech by using a popular statement: Sadmirk Ram Ram (Greetings to everyone) received a huge applause from the ethnic tribes. So did the gesture of the police. The concern shown by cops to create connectivity and efforts put in overjoyed the tribals. The dwellers of Lendiguda, Punaguda, Bheemangondi expressed gratitude to the policemen for realizing their long-cherished dream.
Govind, headman of 600-populated Lendiguda said that they could now easily commute to Chorpalli village either by hiring an auto-rickshaw or by a motorcycle. He recalled pathetic experiences of tribals when the hamlets did not have the road facility. He stated that they were struggling to shift patients to either PHC or hospital. He added that trekking, carrying luggage of rations, used to be a common sight.
The IPS officer later handed over study material to aspirants of government jobs, volleyball kits to youngsters and rice grains to locals of three hamlets.
Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Asifabad DSP Acheshwar Rao and others were present.
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