Mobile Phone services were initiated in the Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri. The Swabhiman Anchal or the cut-off areas of Malkangiri had been bereaved of normalcy, mostly due to the presence of Naxals.
The area got access to mobile network connectivity with the district administration asking the Left Wing Extremists to evade violence and revert to the mainstream. The site is surrounded by water on the three sides and forests on another. The area is entirely under the presence of Naxals, which made it difficult for the developments. The Telecom connectivity was a perpetual demand from the people of that area. But the trial run of the mobile network was completed. Now people around all the surrounding villages will have access to voice calls and 4G networks. Hantaguda, Tikillipadara, Jantasahi, and Balrlabeda in the district now got access to mobile connectivity.
Due to the Naxals’ presence, there were many efforts of the State government and Odisha Police to subdue their company, and developments were slowly begun to penetrate. For the last six months, there was a significant achievement for the development of this area. They helped establish a large number of telecom towers-six in the Chitrakonda area and the construction work of eight roads, which is now almost completed. The site got its first road connectivity-Gurupriya Bridge even two years ago, inaugurated by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and declared the region as ‘Swabhiman Anchal.’
Manish Agarwal, the Malkangiri collector, congratulated the residents and said that the administration had fulfilled the promise if providing mobile network connectivity. Even Airtel has set up a series of seven telecom towers for the purpose. For more development of this area, the State Government and the administration all try to give their best efforts and hope that they will soon quit the violence and join the mainstream and soon be part of the development process.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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