Tendulkar adopts another village

Sachin Tendulkar, a Rajya Sabha MP, has sanctioned over Rs. 4 crore from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development fund for the development of Donja, a village in Maharashtra.

Sachin Tendulkar earlier completed the first phase of development in Puttamraju Kandriga in Nellore.   -  PTI

After transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh, Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar is now set to adopt Donja in Maharashtra under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.

Tendulkar has sanctioned over Rs. 4 crore from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund for the development of Donja in Osmanabad. The amount will be spent on development of a new school building, a water supply scheme that would provide potable water to each household, concrete roads and a sewage line attached to the same, a press release stated.

Five special village level meetings with participation of women have been held since the village was adopted by Tendulkar under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

The initial planning has already been completed and tenders are expected to be issued after the Zilla Parishad elections in the region.

Tendulkar had announced Donja as his second adopted village late last year after completing the first phase of development in Puttamraju Kandriga in Nellore.

Tendulkar has emphasised on addressing the issue of potable water since the entire region of Osmanabad has been facing a drought over the last couple of years.

The school building which is over 70 years old will be replaced with a new one.

Assistant Collector of Osmanabad District, Ayush Prasad said, "The collector's office has been closely working with the villagers and all the efforts are towards a 360 degree development of the village keeping in mind a well-balanced socio-economic structure."

"We are grateful to cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar for choosing a village in Osmanabad District and for being so supportive and committed to its development.

"We are excited about his vision for the village. We look forward to hosting him at Donja," he added.

Over 400 of the 610 households in Donja village did not have toilets when the village was adopted by Tendulkar. Since then, over 231 toilets have been built and are being used.