The Journey of the first Smart Village Burajawada started in the month of April 2016. Students of Aditya Institute of Technology and Management and Government Arts College Srikakulam of leadership foundation together conducted two thorough surveys of the village to identify the problems which are to be resolved in the first place. Once the surveys were over a team of 5 students stayed in the village trying to get the support of the villagers and in the due course they spent their nights in the government school in the village, with very little support from the villagers initially team was disappointed but not shattered.
The team then decided to call people for a town hall meeting in the evening and motivated them to follow their lead. After the first town hall meeting the first initiative taken by the team was Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan. After the first step towards cleaning and building a better village, people started to join the revolution and daily town hall meetings were conducted where problems which need to be solved were addressed. In the 3rd week of May Mr. Ram Mohan Naidu, Member of Parliament visited the village and was impressed on observing the changes to the village. He then sanctioned sum of 3 lakhs under the MP funds for the development of village. Over the next couple of weeks’ lots of changes were brought to the village with the funds provided by the government. With the funds at hand bus stop was renovated for the village, compound wall for the school was constructed, new street lights for the village were provided and most important one to take care of the health of the villagers a solar water treatment plan was setup.
Apart from the infrastructure the villagers were explained about the ill effects of alcohol, smoking and substance abuse. The villagers were also regularly explained the importance of maintaining good hygienic habits and health and nutrition care for all round development of the new born babies. Medical camps were organized in the village were patients were given free medicines and patients with serious medical problems were taken to GEMS where the treatment was free for the patients.
After Burujuwada we have adopted 25 villages from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari District and we want to extend this to other parts of the state as well.
We intend to utilise the funds for repairs of the schools, roads and water tanks and for the travelling, food and accommodation of students and volunteers.