Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday visited his adopted village of Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra’s Nellore district.
Tendulkar inaugurated a newly-built community hall, and also visited the houses of local residents and interacted with them.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Completely stumped by the love of people from Puttamraju Kandriga. Glad to announce that they are now open defecation free.”
Tendulkar had adopted the village exactly two years ago, in 2014, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
During his earlier visit, plans were discussed to build various facilities, and implement the Swachh Bharat scheme completely.
Before he adopted it, the village had no roads and no electricity. Drinking water was also scarce.
According to reports, concrete roads with tiled pavements, an underground sewage network with a treatment plant, storm-water drains, 24-hour water and power supply, a playground and a community hall have been built since.
The cricketer is also reported to have distributed cricket bats and sporting kits to children on the occasion.
Sachin spent Rs 2.79 crore from his MP funds, while the government sanctioned an additional Rs 3 crore.