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Coastal Andhra looks to Chiru for change

April 13, 2009
Coastal Andhra Pradesh is where Chiranjeevi hopes he will achieve his political ambitions.

A Ganesh Nadar travelled to the region to find out if the Telugu mega movie star's magic will hold in an area that reels under power cuts and lack of drinking water.

Konad is just 10 km away from National Highway 5, but a drive to this fishing village in coastal Andhra Pradesh is possible only during the day -- in the night, a driver runs the risk of driving straight into an adjoining field.

Konad has one high school and three primary schools. The nearest higher secondary school is in Pusapatirega. The only bus plying between the village and Pusapatirega hasn't showed up in the last two days.

School children, who have free bus passes, are forced to share autos, which are jam packed and extremely dangerous.

The village has to endure 8-hour power cuts every day and a perennial shortage of drinking water.

Image: Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru still make their presence felt at Konad. Photographs: A Ganesh Nadar

Also see: Chiranjeevi flags off Praja Rail Yatra | India Votes 2009
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