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Peyyalapalem is a Gram Panchayat of Kodavalur mandal in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. It consists of main village, BC Colony and SC Colony, with a total of 292 households. The village is located 2.3 km away from the Chennai highway. Public and private transportation facilities are available to reach the village from Nellore. The village population is mainly dependent on agriculture. It is the birth place of Mr Penaka Rama Prasad Reddy, one of the founder members of Aurobindo Pharma Limited. Under the scheme of Smart Village Smart Ward towards Smart Andhra Pradesh of State Government of Andhra Pradesh, the State Government has invited partners to adopt villages and support them in developing villages of rural Andhra into Smart Villages. To support this initiative, Aurobindo Pharma Limited, a pharmaceutical major, decided to adopt Peyyalapalem Village. The objective of the project of Model village- Peyyalapalem is about bringing about behavioural change in a community for building a vibrant and well-informed society, through a community-led process towards inclusive and holistic development.

Project Info

Goal To transform Peyyalapalem Village into a Model Village through acommunity-led process towards an inclusive & holistic development
Objective Strengthening people’s institution by developing stronger community  participation

Peyyalapalem Village, Kodavulur Mandal, Nellore District, AndhraPradesh

Outreach 292 HHs – Village Population 961 (M-470 & F-491)
Period 2016-2018
Donor Aurobindo Pharma Ltd
Partnership Government of Andhra Pradesh
Team  Project Manager, Project Officers (2), Engineer (part time)
This project contributes to achieve SDG 11 of sustainable cities and communities

Project Deliverables

  • SMART Committees are effectively taking up village development activities
  • RO plant is serving safe drinking water for the village
  • 100% village households use Institutional deliveries (hospitals/PHCs)
  • At least 30 women accessed post natal support in the village
  • Village will become 100% Open Defecation Free
  • Improved health and nutrition of all pregnant women and children through anganwadi centers
  • 100% enrolment of children in school
  • Environment protection systems are adopted by village
  • Improved quality delivery of services by school, health and anganwadi centres
  • Social capital will be available for the village on health, sanitation and education
  • 90 candidates will have earnings through self employment or placement
  • Village adopted hygiene practices
  • Extension of roads, drains laid and street lighting

Major Activities and Achievements

  • Village Development Committee is active in planning and execution of development activities
  • Village Declared as ODF
  • Received Janma Bhoomi Maa Ooru award from District Administration
  • VDC banned the belt shops/ Unauthorised liquor shops
  • 100% Institutional Deliveries
  • Zero Maternal and infant death
  • SHG grading improved
  • RO water plant established and providing purified water to 159 HHs
  • School compound wall constructed, enrolment in the government primary school is increased by 17.6% (from 34 to 40 students)
  • Ensured every month government health check ups
  • Development of Kitchen garden in the Anganwadi premises
  • 20 solar street lights installed in the village
  • CC roads constructed in the village with 50 percent contribution from the government
  • Awareness and orientation to pregnant and lactating women on health care
  • Regular health camps by the government
  • Farmers are mobilised into farmer institution
  • Development works in SC colony, compound wall and plantation in the grave yard
  • Plantation in the school, in public places and along the road

Constraints and Challenges

Mobilisation of women to take a lead role in village development activities

Among various dynamics due to local political issues in the village, it is challenging to get people agree on activities related to human development

High expectation of the community for the activities related to infrastructure and unconditional support from Aurobindo

Way Forward

The way forward is to build on the confidence and trust for ensuring community-led development through bottom-up approach in addressing the development needs and priorities of Peyyalapalem village. The volunteers from various sections need to be identified and motivated to play a prominent role in taking forward the interventions. The social capital needs to be built and efforts need to be balanced between civil works and strengthening of human resources /social capital. Regular interaction with the mandal and district administration through VDC and GP would always be the top priority in addressing various development needs prioritized by the communities. The support from the administration has been quite strong so far and it is necessary to continue to draw the support from the government.

Distribution of School bags


Exposure Visit

RO Water Plant

Solar Lights