Cricket Legend-Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden visit to Nellore on Sunday was successful as he was received well by the people with grand welcome. Sachin was the cynosure of all eyes. Sachin has reached Nellore in a special chopper on Saturday night. Municipal Administration & Urban Development Minister P. Narayana, District Collector N. Srikanth, and other district officials received Sachin on Sunday morning at Krishnapatnam Port where he had a night halt and accompanied him to Puttamrajuvari Kandriga village which was adopted by him under Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.
Sachin has arrived around 9am in their sleepy village and mingled with the locales. Tendulkar was given a warm welcome by the residents of the village that was colourfully decked up. Banners and hoardings welcoming the legendary player dotted the roads leading to the village right from Gudur. A large number of people, including women and children from the neighbouring villages and the district thronged Puttamrajuvari Kandrika to catch a glimpse of Tendulkar. They jostled with one another to take photos of him.
Tendulkar interacted with the villagers, who told him about the lack of proper roads, sanitation facilities, and also about the power supply scenario in the village and said they wished to see it turn into a model village after getting the necessary basic amenities.Tendulkar laid foundation for the construction of Rs 2.79 crore worth developmental works (in the first phase), including a community centre, Anganwadi school with kitchen, a play ground, waiting halls and toilets, among other things. The ‘God of Cricket’ is also scheduled to administer oath to the villagers asking them to quit smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. He is also scheduled to play a friendly cricket match with the village children.
It was anxious moments all over. One Venkateshwarlu, a fan of Tendulkar who came from the neighbouring Chennur village, said he had distributed over 1,000 paper masks of the master blaster ahead of his visit.