Raipur: Villagers of three villages of worst Maoist affected Bastar district are happy and excited for getting electricity after a long wait. These villages, which are immersed in the darkness of Naxalism, are now shining with the light of development.
There are many villages of Bastar where electricity has not reached since independence till date. The main reason for this is that the area is under the control of Maoists. However, now three of these villages including Chhindgur, Kandanar and Mundagarh, have been electrified by the administration even after all the challenges. Over 5,000 people will now get a huge relief.
Known for its natural scenic beauty, Koleng village, situated in the lap of Kanger Valley National Park, is also known as ‘Naxalgarh. Since Chhindgur, Kandanar and Mundagarh have been settled in these areas, electricity has not reached here. People here were struggling even for basic amenities including roads, electricity, and water. Those who demanded development works in these areas were given death sentence by the Naxalites. At the same time, a camp of security forces was recently established in Koleng. After this, electricity was delivered to the people of the area.
So far Rs 3 crore has been spent to provide electricity to these three villages. Along with laying 48 km of 11 kW line, 19 numbers of 25 kVA transformers have been installed here. Besides laying 42 km of low-pressure line, free electricity connections have also been provided to 571 houses. In the first phase, on August 14, electricity has been provided to Upparapara, Thanagudi Para, Bulkapar and Sulfipadar Para in these areas.
Villagers Dashmu, Sublu, Laikhan and Chenuram told that it was a dream to provide electricity to the village. Dashmu said that due to the death of his father, he had studied only till the fifth standard to help with household chores and farming. In those days, in the absence of facilities like electricity, they could not even understand the importance of education. Now with the advent of electricity in the village, they will be able to connect easily through various communication media. They said that they never even had a thought of getting access to electricity in such an inaccessible area.