Malkangiri, Sept 8 (LocalWire): Swabiman Anchal (an erstwhile cut-off area) got mobile-phone connectivity on Monday, after seven decades of independence, with the setting up of towers of Airtel Ltd.
Swabhiman Anchal is a region running along the contours of Odisha and Andhra, situated amid hillocks and dense forests under Chitrakonda block in Maoist-affected Malkangiri district.
For long, the red-zone remained in darkness, devoid of social, geographical as well as digital links.
First initiated by local police institution of South Western Range, the mission is expected to benefit more than 25,000 natives of that area.
A total of seven towers are planned to be built at Pipalpadar, Hantalguda, Jantapai, Tunnel Camp, Dyke III, Dalabeda and Chitrakonda.
Connectivity in the region has been slowly gaining ground after the construction of the Gurupriya bridge in 2018, which was responsible for the first bus service in Swabhiman.
The separated strip was resurrected by dint of connectivity and the inhabitants of erstwhile cut-off region have gradually changed their minds and wish to join the mainstream lifestyle.
Many have put down arms to welcome government schemes like Socio-Economic Transformation and Upliftment (SETU) and this telephonic integration is no less than a revolution for them.