Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Facing untold hardships caused by the lack of basic amenities such as road, drinking water and electricity, 10 families have been living in a nondescript and forest fringe hamlet Kolamguda under Sarkepalli village in Wankidi mandal for at least five decades. They were expecting someone to come to their rescue and the long wait has finally ended.
Wankidi Inspector Damera Sudhakar and Sub-Inspector Deekonda Ramesh who were moved by the ordeals of the tribals, brought smiles on the faces of the residents by constructing a road, bore-well and electricity facilities. Sudhakar, Ramesh and their team constructed a gravel road, dug a well and ensured power supply to the hamlet within just a month despite Covid-19 lockdown.
“Accessing Sarkepalli village centre in monsoon used to be a daunting task as the tiny settlement had no earthen road. Our women had to trek over one kilometer to fetch drinking water from a hilly stream. Residents of the hamlet had to live in fear once it gets dark. However, it is a dream come true for us to have all the three facilities in one go,” Chandu Patel, head of the hamlet, told Telangana Today.
“We were surprised to find this hamlet where dwellers were mostly using castor oil burned diyas or solar lamps to illuminate their homes, when we were passing by the settlement a few weeks back. We were shocked to learn of the dismal conditions of the tribals as the hamlet was deprived of basic amenities for quite long. We were determined to do our bit to transform their lives,” Sudhakar said.
In-charge SP V Satyanarayana, who formally inaugurated the road, bore-well and electricity at Kolamguda on Monday, said that police were striving for the development of aboriginal tribals. He extolled Inspector Sudhakar and Sub-Inspector Ramesh for going the extra mile and to address the major challenge of Kolams, one of the particularly vulnerable tribal groups.
Cheered by the creation of the three important facilities, women and girls accorded a rousing welcome to Satyanarayana, ASP YVS Sudheendra and DSP Acheswar Rao on their maiden arrival at the hamlet. They sprinkled flowers across the path till the venue to express their gratitude. Men presented their traditional dance forms, while trumpets and musical instruments were played.
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