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VISAKHAPATNAM: When most residential colonies in the city are fraught with civic problems and are struggling to be clean and green, one of the few exceptions is the Meghadripeta Defence Civilian Colony (MDCC) at Kancharapalem. The green, well-maintained colony is self-sufficient with schools, parks, library, food courts and shops, rain water harvesting facility, joggers’ track, health clinics, yoga centre and so on. Life is peaceful and hassle-free here.

Interestingly, by virtue of their job with the central government, one can find in the colony people from almost all the Indian states, caste and culture. And most of the residents are employed with the naval dockyard.

A bird’s eye view of the sprawling 71-acre colony offers greenery all around, punctuated in between by apartments of various categories and size besides other offices and buildings needed to make the colony a self-supporting one.

RN Sahoo, an assistant manager at the naval dockyard who is deputed as the administrative officer of Meghadripeta Defence Civilian Officials Residential Association (Medcora) said: “There are 849 quarters, of which 540 are occupied while some of the quarters are under renovation. The colony has an approximate population of 2,500 families.”

“The facilities offered by the colony to its residents include separate parks for senior citizens, ladies and children, jogger’s track, gym, yoga centre, indoor games hall, sports ground, play school for kids, school for children till class 10, library, post office, food court, subsidised canteen, auditorium and function hall, bi-weekly markets, two shopping complex with 18 shops, a fair price shop, rain water harvesting facility, health clinic where treatment is free of cost under the central government health scheme (CGHS). The colony does not have a water or electricity problem. There’s also a ladies welfare centre, where computer, spoken English, cookery, tailoring, embroidery and toy making are taught to make women self-reliant. A swimming pool and two bore-wells will be coming up in the next few months,” added Sahoo.

Speaking about the various activities undertaken for the colony residents, Kiran Kumar, secretary of MDCC said, “From time to time, we organise health camps, sports day, multi lingual cultural programmes and competitions, especially during festivals. Plantation drives are given a lot of importance and gardening competitions are also held.”

“The multi-lingual, multi-cultural community vibrates with the festive spirit as it celebrates various religious events throughout the year. Vinayaka Chavithi, Durga Puja, Aiyappa Swamy puja, Ramnavami are celebrated in a grand manner officially while other festivals like Holi, Diwali and Chhat puja are observed by most residents,” added Kumar

 Sri Harini, a resident of the colony for the past eight years, averred, “From children’s schools to parks and daily grocery, we get everything without having to step outside the colony. It’s so tranquil and pollution-free here. At the same time, there’s such good scope for socialising and cultural exchange as people from various states make this colony a mini-India.”
Source By: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/