In a first, Swabhiman Anchal, located in Odisha’s town of Malkangiri and known as hotbed of Maoists, got 4G mobile connectivity on Monday. With the move, the district administration requested the Left Wing Extremists to stop violence and live a normal life.

Swabhiman Anchal is also known as ‘cut-off area’ of Odisha as the water bodies surround it from three sides with the forth leading to the forest.

“Today is a landmark day as mobile network connectivity was made available in ‘Swabhiman Anchal’. Telecom connectivity was a continuous demand from the people of this are and its is now fulfilled,” Malkangiri District Collector Manish Agarwal said.

“I also take the opportunity to urge the Left Wing Extremists to shun violence, be part of the development process and get into the mainstream,” he added.

The newly installed mobile network was tested successfully in the villages like Pipalapadar, Hantalguda and Jantapai.

The road connectivity to the region was established two years ago when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Gurupriya Bridge. It was then when the ‘Swabhiman Anchal’ was declared as the title of the region.

“People of these villages will now get access to voice calls and 4G network. All surrounding villages will also get network and mobile connectivity,” Agarwal said.