Sachin Tendulkar’s adopted village lies in utter neglect
Nellore: Contrary to the expectations of residents of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga village, which was adopted by cricket legend and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar under the Union government’s Model village scheme, development works have been moving at a snail’s pace.
Villagers allege that there has hardly been any progress in works related to drinking water pipelines, underground drainage, drains, roads and housing scheme.
They are also unhappy with the sanitary conditions in the village.
According to information, development works had been initiated with Rs 3.05 crore sanctioned by the then collector N. Srikant from the funds at his disposal to make it a model village.
Thereafter, Tendulkar had earmarked Rs 2.79 crore from his MP Local Area Development Scheme funds for development of all amenities in the hamlet. But the works are yet to begin.
“The euphoria created during Sachin’s visit Sachin led to a false belief among locals that the place would transform into a most modern village overnight. But there is a time span for executing the works even if funds are available, said village sarpanch B. Nageswar Rao.
He added that few locals were grumbling over the delays, but it was inevitable.
Meanwhile, district collector M. Janaki took stock of the progress of works in Puttamraju Kandriga with concerned officials on Wednesday.
Sources in administration said that the responsibility to speed up the development programmes in the village has been delegated to joint collector A. Md. Imtiaz from RDO Gudur.