Sachin Tendulkar adopted a village in Andhra in November 2014    Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar adopted a village in Andhra in November 2014 Getty Images

New Delhi: The village Puttamrajuvari Kandriga in Andhra adopted by Sachin Tendulkar has undergone complete transformation which he declared “Open defecation free” in a function on Wednesday. The legend also distributed cricket bats and sporting kits to children at the newly constructed play ground in the village on the occasion of completion of Phase I of the development. Tendulkar came forward to adopt Gram Panchayat of Nernoor and habitation of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga in the month of November 2014 under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The Nernoor Gram Panchayat comprises three habitations Puttamrajuvari Kandriga, Nernoor and Gollapalli with 627 households and 1895 population. ALSO READ: India vs England 2016: Introduction of DRS in India is a positive step, says Sachin Tendulkar

The villagers were mainly engaged in the occupation of horticulture, fisheries, animal husbandry. The sleepy village which was languishing in the darkness till Tenduljar adopted it is lighted up with 24×7 power supply. The womenfolkhad to walk long ways to get drinking water and today, the village has uninterrupted water supply and every house has a meter also.

The village had dusty mud roads and presently, it boasts of wide and well maintained CC Roads. The village where cleanliness and hygiene were unheard of and open defecation was widely prevalent, is today an ODF village. The village has underground drainage system in place today. ALSO READ: Adam Gilchrist celebrates 45th birthday at Sachin Tendulkar s home

Today also happens to be Tendulkar’s 3rd retirement anniversary. His emotional speech had many lessons, but most of all it was about gratitude to those who were instrumental in playing important parts in the making of one of the biggest icons in sports. The speech was given in front of his family, former cricketers like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and fans.