|Thursday, March 30, 2017
IMMEDIATE ELECTIONS TO GVMC DEMANDED The participants at a round table meet, organised by the Visakha United People’s Front (VUPF), flayed the indifferent attitude of the government towards the development of Visakhapatnam city and the region.
They discussed various issues like not holding elections to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), lack of transparency in the merger of Bheemunipatnam Municipality in GVMC five years after the term of the council had expired, lease and sale of government lands to private persons, ignoring the needs of the common public and failing to declare the new railway zone with headquarters in Vizag.
AMARNATH TO LAUNCH PADAYATRA TODAY YSR Congress district president Gudivada Amarnath will begin his 200-km padayatra from Anakapalle to Bheemunipatnam from Anakapalle town on Thursday.
The proposed padayatra demanding the separate Railway Zone with Visakhapatnam as it headquarters, was initially scheduled to begin from March 9, but was postponed due to the election code in force for North Andhra Graduate constituency elections.
The padayatra will begin from Nehru Chowk in Anakapalle and culminate at the football ground at Tagarapuvalasa in Bheemunipatnam on April 9.
In the 11 days Mr. Amarnath will cover a distance of about 200 km. Each day he intends to cover between 15 and 20 km and will hold meeting at every important and strategic location.
“The idea is to raise and create awareness on separate railway zone issue that we have been demanding since last four decades. It is the inefficiency of the TDP government and the local leaders in getting the zone sanctioned, despite it becoming a constitutional right for the people of Andhra, especially those of Visakhapatnam with the drafting of the AP Reorganisation Bill about three years ago,” he told The Hindu .
Apart from addressing the railway zone issue, Mr. Amarnath will also talk about other local issues specific to the regions such as captive mines for RINL, employment for youth, Tunglam gate issue and GVMC polls.
The padayatra will be flagged off by senior leaders Botcha Satyanarayana and Dharmana Prasad Rao.
YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy will address a public meeting to be held to mark the culmination of padayatra at the football grounds at Tagarpuvalasa on April 9.
RURAL AREAS IN AP SET TO GET POTHOLE FREE ROADS The panchayat raj department is planning a pothole-free rural road project by targeting one mandal in each Assembly constituency in the next couple of months on a pilot project basis.
As part of its plans, 4,003 roads are proposed to be repaired in 165 mandals during the next couple of months.
Panchayat raj department officials said they will be focussing on fixing potholes for a total length of 8,225 km at an estimated cost of Rs 45.56 crore. In three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, as many as 31 mandals are being targeted with repairs to take place on 1,126 roads for a total length of 2,026 kilometres at an estimated cost of Rs 13.45 crore.
While 562 roads will be repaired in 13 Assembly constituencies of Visakhapatnam, 379 roads will be taken up in 10 Assembly constituencies of Srikakulam and 185 roads in nine Assembly constituencies in Vizianagaram.
VIZAG DIST LOSES TWO MORE PROJECTS TO VIZIANAGARAM Apathy of the district sports officials and the people''s representatives has resulted in Vizag district not only losing the regional sports school but also two more projects to Vizianagaram.
After losing out on the regional sports school due to infighting between two TDP MLAs, the district has now lost a water sports academy and a synthetic athletic track to Vizianagaram.
Sources said the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) had planned to set up a water sports academy in Vizag as it has a vast coastline. The proposed project was planned at Rushikonda beach. Meanwhile, Union minister for civil aviation P Ashok Gajapati Raju took the initiative and directed the Rs 3 crore project on water sport academy to be set up at Thatipudi reservoir area.
"The district authorities got the administrative sanction for the academy, which will be set up on a five acre land close to the reservoir," a senior official of the Vizianagaram district told TOI.
As Thatipudi reservoir comes under the supervision of the irrigation department, the district authorities have written to the irrigation department superintendent for the land parcel. Once the land gets allotted, the district would get funds for the equipment and the academy would come up in six months, sources said.
When contacted, Vizianagaram district sports development officer (DSDO) N Surya Rao said around 50 players would be accommodated in the academy. Waters sports like kayaking, canoeing (boats) and others would be taught there. He said the government has released a GO on March 1 in this regard.
A technical team is to visit Viziangaram for selecting players once the equipment is ready for the academy.
NAVY BIDS ADIEU TO TU142M After serving the Indian Navy for 29 years, the TU142M aircraft was given a farewell in a special ceremony organised on Wednesday at INS Rajali, the navigational air station in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.
The aircraft is to be converted into a museum on Beach Road between Kursura Submarine Museum and AU Convention Centre, which is under construction.
AMC TOPS MBBS FINAL-YEAR RESULTS Andhra Medical College (AMC) has topped the MBBS final year results in the state this year with a record of 121 out of 194 students getting first class and four of them distinction. The top three places were also bagged by AMC.
Principal Dr PV Sudhakar said, "It''s one of the best results by the MBBS students. Of the 14 distinctions from all the medical colleges, four are from AMC. A total of 117 students besides the four distinction holders got first class while the remaining got second class. While in most colleges, the number of failures range between 20 and 25, here only six students couldn''t clear the exam this time."
The toppers and distinction holders include Y Rahul, Hemasri, J Chaitraganga and V Sripriya. The graduation ceremony is to be held on April 1 at Amcosa Hall and vice-chancellor of NTR Health University Dr T Ravi Raju will be the chief guest.
121 out of 194 students got first class and four of them got distinction. Top three places were also bagged by AMC