Pradeep Pattanayak

The Swabhiman Anchal of Odisha's Malkangiri district once battered by intense left wing extremism, lack of government benefits and even the basic amenities will soon breathe a new life.

BSF IG S C Budakoti on Wednesday announced that the much-awaited boat ambulance service will be rolled out in the region from January 26.

The boat ambulance service will be available for people at the both sides of the Balimela reservoir. Once started, around 10,000 people of 30 to 35 villages that surround the reservoir will be immensely benefited from emergency healthcare service. 

With the introduction of the boat ambulances, the residents of these villages will get medical facilities at their door steps. This apart, in case of emergency, patients can be ferried in the boat ambulances to the mainland and from where they can be shifted to hospitals in hassle free manner.

Informing about the BSF’s other significant accomplishments, IG S C Budakoti said the menace of Maoists has been checked in Koraput and Malkangiri districts and around 30,000 people of 151 villages under nine gram panchayats have been connected with the mainstream.

The day is not far away when the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Odisha will be Maoist-free. It will hardly take a few more years, Budakoti said while attending a function in Bhubaneswar.

Road communication with Telengana and Andhra Pradesh has now been established after the construction of Motu bridge. With the active support from the BSF, several new police stations have been set up in Koraput and Malkangiri districts. In order to make the public of this area self reliant, as many as 120 people have been sent for skill and technical training to Ranchi and Hyderabad this year,” said the BSF IG.

He further said that with the assistance of the BSF, several developmental works like construction of roads, school and hospital buildings are underway in the region.