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The road to glory

By Our Correspondent

ADILABAD, AUG. 29. The 12-km long Gangapur road in Kadam mandal has brought laurels for Adilabad at international level.

According to a message received by fax on August 28, the district police department's effort in laying the road linking the remote Gangapur gram panchayat to Kadam has secured for it the finalist berth for the International Community Policing Award 2004 given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) based at Virginia, Washington.

Felicitation

The award being given for preventing and reducing crime\terrorism by forging partnership with the community was won by the Irwindale Police Department of California State in USA. As one of two finalists, the district police will be felicitated at the IACP meeting at Los Angeles between November 13 and 17.

The road-laying was taken up in September last with the villagers of Gangapur and 12 of its hamlets offering shramadaan. Later, the then Telugu Desam Government sanctioned Rs. 25 lakhs for the road.

Another Rs. 30 lakhs was sanctioned by the district Collector, Vikas Raj, from the Rashtriya Sama Vikas Yojna funds for construction of 30 culverts on the road.

Naxal problem

This road had shot into fame as it opened up avenues for economic and social development of the villagers who were beset by the naxalite problem.

In the absence of proper communication links, Gangapur had served as a haven for naxalites.

Recalling the events of those days, Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, the then Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu: "Basically we helped a community which wanted to help itself.

The villagers of Gangapur wanted peace and prosperity which eluded them as naxalites had opposed laying of the road.

Providing enough security for villagers we got down to business. As a result of this effort the villagers themselves rejected the approach of naxalites."

The former SP also said it was a collective effort which got recognition for the department.

Before the road was laid the conditions under which the villagers lived were pathetic. Villagers died of snakebites because of no access to hospital services and middlemen exploited paddy farmers who failed to transport their produce.

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