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How Sachin transformed an Andhra Pradesh village

Raghuvir Srinivasan Puttamraju Kandriga (AP) | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on March 31, 2015

The road leading up to the village​ from the main road. Puttamraju Kandriga village,AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Smart progress Concrete roads lined with tiled pavements at Puttamraju Kandriga village, which was adopted by Sachin Tendulkar RAGHUVIR SRINIVASAN

Sewage treatment plant under construction at Sachin Tendulkar's adopted village of Puttamraju Kandriga, AP.

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Farmer Bhaskar Rao who grows red chillies and lime in his small piece of land at Puttamraju Kandriga village,AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. He's thrilled with the modern facilities that have been provided to his village in the last four months.   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Red chillies grown and harvested at Sachin Tendulkar's adopted village of Puttamraju Kandriga, AP

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A side street being prepared for laying of concrete at Puttamraju Kandriga village,AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Stormwater drains under construction along the roadside at Puttamraju Kandriga village, AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Land being levelled for building a playground at Puttamraju Kandriga village, AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Srinivasulu (centre), a 25-year-old farmer, wants a bigger playground with 50m radius so that they can conduct cricket matches. "It will be of use to all the surrounding villages too," says Srinivasulu.   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Solid waste disposal yard at Puttamraju Kandriga village, AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Nameboards on houses with Sachin's smiling face embossed at Puttamraju Kandriga village, AP   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Structures that barely pass off for a house at the ST colony in Puttamraju Kandriga village,AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. These will soon turn into pucca structures as part of the project.   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

Venkateswarlu, 22, a seventh-standard educated labourer from the Yenadi Scheduled Tribe, is happy to see development, but for him the bottomline is a job. “We need a source of livelihood,” he says, taking his right hand to his mouth in a gesture that conveys eating. At Puttamraju Kandriga village, AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

The commemorative plaque installed at the entrance to the village when Sachin visited on November 16, 2014. Puttamraju Kandriga village,AP, adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana   -  Raghuvir Srinivasan

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Concrete roads, a sewage treatment plant, 24-hour power supply — Puttamraju Kandriga has them all…and more

It took all of four months. Puttamraju Kandriga has gone from being a slummy village to a modern miracle after it was adopted by cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar. Concrete roads with tiled pavements, an underground sewage network with a treatment plant, storm-water drains, 24-hour water and power supply, a playground, a community hall…this Andhra Pradesh hamlet about 150 km north of Chennai, with infrastructure that many an Indian city may be proud about, is quite unlike any other in the region or probably even the State.

Says the Master Blaster: “We plan to do much more.”

It was last November that Sachin stepped in to adopt the village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a month earlier. Unlike other similar high-profile village adoptions where work is yet to begin on the ground, a lot has already been accomplished in this village thanks to quick decisions and constant supervision. Puttamraju Kandriga is a sleepy little village with just 399 people living in 110 houses. Predominantly made up of Backward Class/ST below-poverty-line families, the people make a living from growing red chillies and lime.

“We had no roads, no toilets in our homes nor did we have running water and uninterrupted power supply till Sachin adopted our village. Today, we have all of those along with excellent roads,” says Bhaskar Rao, a chilli farmer-resident, with a mix of happiness and pride.

The model village is a joint effort of the local administration and Sachin who has contributed ₹2.79 crore from the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds, while the Government has sanctioned ₹3 crore. “I’m proud that we have been able to provide basic necessities of life such as running water on tap at home and toilets,” Sachin told BusinessLine over phone from Mumbai.

Asked why he chose this village and not one in his home State, Sachin replied: “Puttamraju Kandriga is also in India. I’ve received support from all over India. Wherever I went I was showered with love and affection which means a lot to me.”

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Published on March 31, 2015
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