The remote village of Elmagunda in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, located near the borders of Bijapur and Telangana, has received electricity supply for the first time, just a day before India's Independence Day this year.
The remote village of Elmagunda in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, located near the borders of Bijapur and Telangana, received a special Independence Day gift this year access to electricity for the very first time. The village had been without electricity until now, with only a few villagers relying on solar energy.
The efforts to bring electricity to Elmagunda were finally successful, although approximately 100 to 130 other villages in the region still lack this essential amenity. Both Sukma and Bijapur districts are known to be heavily affected by Naxalite insurgency.
Sundarraj P, the Inspector General of Police for Bastar range, highlighted the challenges posed by Naxalite activities in delaying the provision of electricity to Elmagunda village.
The process of electrification was achieved through the collaboration of the state electricity department, district police, and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). A police camp was established in the area to ensure the safety of power department personnel, facilitating the installation of power lines and connections.
The presence of the police camp has not only contributed to the establishment of electricity but has also accelerated overall development efforts in Elmagunda. Kiran Chawan, Superintendent of Police for Sukma district, emphasized the positive impact of the police camp on the region, leading to increased development activities and improved facilities for villagers.
Similar security camps have been established in other Naxal-affected areas of the Bastar region, such as Tondmarka and Bedra. These camps have played a crucial role in connecting with local communities and supporting development initiatives, including road construction, electrification, and the establishment of essential services like schools and healthcare centers.
Sundarraj P praised the role of security camps as Integrated Development Centers, highlighting their dual function of ensuring security and promoting development in coordination with local administration. The electrification of Elmagunda village is seen as a significant step toward progress and improved quality of life for its residents.