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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:01 PM   #41
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Increase in freight at Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports has contributed to this

The South Central Railways (SCR) Vijayawada Division has achieved a growth of Rs.2,291.19 crore in gross earnings during 2011-12 fiscal, as against Rs.2,003.88 crore last year. The growth of the earnings was 14.34 per cent, said Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager Anurag.

The division has also achieved excellent progress in freight loading, maintaining punctuality, improving passenger amenities and in providing security for the commuters, said the DRM.

Listing out the achievements of the Railways in the division during 2011-12, at a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Anurag said that Vijayawada division had earned Rs.501.5 crore on passenger fares with 6.67 per cent growth which was Rs.469.71 crore last year.

As many as 98.40 million passengers were transported to various destinations this year, which was 94.35 million last year. The growth rate was 4.23 percent, he said.

As regards freight loading, Vijayawada division transported 24.802 million tonnes during the current financial year and earned Rs.1,706.45 crore which was 17.3 per cent more than last year's.

Accident-free year

The growth in goods transportation was mainly due to coal, fertilizers and other port-based loadings from Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports, said the DRM. There were no major accidents in Vijayawada division during the last six years, and the SCR BZA division has registered 2011-12 as ‘accident free year'.

For providing security for passengers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) train escort parties with arms and ammunition were deployed in 26 mail and express trains running during nights.

As many as 114 cases were registered under Railway Police Act during the year recovering property worth Rs.8.45 lakh, and 15,652 persons were booked in different cases, said Mr. Anurag.

Priority was being given to passenger amenities at various stations.

Lifts have been arranged at Nellore, Chirala, Tenali, Kakinada and Bhimavaram stations and works are in progress in Vijayawada and a few other stations.

Amenities

For the convenience of physically challenged and senior citizens and pregnant women, battery-operated car service has been provided at Vijayawada Railway Station. Passengers may call over phone No.94939-46559 and avail of the facility, the DRM said.

Additional DRM S. Subba Rao, senior DCM S. Ramesh Babu, officers Vikram Gupta, and Venkateswara Rao were present.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:28 PM   #42
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Vijayawada (West) MLA Velampalli Srinivas, Vijayawada (Central) MLA Malladi Vishnu, Vijayawada (East) MLA Yelamanchili Ravi, Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu and others administered polio drops to the children.

The second round of the national pulse polio immunisation programme was held in the district on Sunday. The programme was launched at urban health centre in Giripuram here. Vijayawada (West) MLA Velampalli Srinivas, Vijayawada (Central) MLA Malladi Vishnu, Vijayawada (East) MLA Yelamanchili Ravi, Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu and others administered polio drops to the children.

On the occasion, the MLAs urged the parents to bring their children to polio vaccination centre to administer the drops. The government was spending crores of rupees to eradicate the polio in the country.

It was duty of every citizen to lend their support in government's endeavour, they said.

Mr. Ravi Babu said that efforts were on to make the city, a polio free city.

The parents should voluntarily come forward to administer the drops to avoid polio. It was better to prevent than cure. The polio drops would be administered on Wednesday and Saturday at Urban Health Centres regularly, he said.

The Corporation conducted a three-day door-to-door mapping in the city, and made arrangements accordingly. The programme will cover more than 1.34 lakh children in the age group of 0 to 5 years in the city limits alone.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has opened 382 booths to administer the polio drops. In addition, 29 transit centres at Durga temple, Railway Station, Bus station, Gunadala and other places were functioning.

Ten mobile teams were also constituted to reach every child, he said.

District Medical and Health Officer Dr. Sarsijakshi, Chief Medical Officer of Health M. Satyanarayana Raju and others were present.

Rotary Club of Vijayawada conducted the immunisation programme in association with Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Medical College.

K. Karunamurthy and five medicine students of the college participated in the programme and administered the drops to 150 children. Club president P. Krishnaji and others were present.

At district head quarters, Machilipatam MP Konakalla Narayana Rao administered polio drops to children.

On the occasion, he said that onus lies on parents to see that their children do not suffer from polio, he said.

The MP flagged off a mobile polio immunisation vehicle of Rotary Club. Machilipatnam Municipal Commissioner Sivaramakrishna and others were present.
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Commissioner participates in sanitation drive along with children

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has formed Social Service Wing (SSW) with about 250 students studying in various municipal schools in the city. The SSW members would be trained in different social service activities, said VMC Commissioner G. Ravi Babu.

As part of the Earth Day on Sunday, the civic chief inaugurated a rally from Swaraj Maian to Rythu Bazar in which several students, officers and school staff took part.

He participated in the cleanliness drive along with the students in the ground.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Babu said with a view to inculcate service motto among the children, the corporation has formed SSW with about 250 interested students of higher classes.

VMC will allot separate dress code for the Social Service Wing members and training would be given for them in taking up various service activities. Training on traffic regulation, sanitation, plantation, solid waste management and avoiding use of polythene bags would be given for the students.

The corporation will organise awareness programmes for the public with the help of SSW students, which will inspire the public.

The students will explain the people on the need to maintain sanitation, said Mr. Ravi Babu. VMC Additional Commissioner (general) P. Venkata Ramana, Executive Engineer J.V. Ramakrishna, Assistant Medical Officers Z. Srinivasa Rao and Dr. Babu Srinivasa Rao, Environmental Engineer T. Smitha Bhanu, Deputy Education Officer K. Durga Prasad, Public Health Department officials, teachers and staff participated in the programme.
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Additional buses would be run to Bangaluru, Chennai, Tirupati and other destinations

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), Vijayawada Zone, will operate special buses at additional fare for summer vacations for the conveyance of passengers, said zone Executive Director M.S. Prakasha Rao.

Special buses will be arranged on 1.5 times fare to any place on demand and the commuters are requested to contact the nearest depot manager. Buses will also be arranged on hire basis for marriages and other occasions, said Mr. Rao.

Speaking to ‘The Hindu’ on Monday, the Executive Director said the Vijayawada Zone comprising of West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts will operate 27 additional buses from various destinations.

Additional services would be run from Tanuku, Eluru and Jangareddygudem to Hyderabad in West Godavari district. From Krishna district, buses would be run to Hyderabad from Gannavaram, Vijayawada and Vuyyuru.

Mr. Prakasha Rao said that additional services would be operated to Hyderabad from Guntur I and II depots, Mangalagiri and Pidiguralla depots. Additional services would also be run from Repalle, Tenali, Macherla and Vinukonda depots to Karampudi, Nalgonda, Markapuram, Addanki and other destinations.

On week ends, extra buses will be plied from Vijayawada and Guntur to Chennai, Tirupathi, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and also from Bhimavaram and other depots to other places depending on the demand, said Mr. Prakasha Rao.

Stating that RTC is the best transport mode for safe journey for the public, the Executive Director said advanced reservation system will be available at all the depots and APSRTC franchises, and appealed to the commuters to make use of the services of the Corporation.
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Vijayawada was the first city in the State where a movie theatre was built

Did you know Vijayawada was the first city to build a movie theatre in the State? Way back in 1921, Pothina brothers - Sreenivasa Rao and Ganapati Rao Patrudu constructed ‘Maruthi Talkies' in the One Town area, which screened movies right from the silent era.

Maruthi Talkies was the only theatre that catered to the needs of the move buffs in the early 1920s until movie halls like Durga Kala Mandiram and Jai Hind came up in Two Town area in the late 1920s and 1930s.

“I still remember watching a silent movie - Draupadi Vasthrabharanam in Maruthi Talkies. I remember the ticket was kani (one sixteenth of a rupee),” recollected septuagenarian Padmasree Turlapati Kutumbha Rao, Chairman AP Grandhayala Samstha.

Sharing an interesting incident, Mr. Rao said that the film, when released had Bheema (of Pandavas) without a moustache in one scene. “The makers failed to realise the faux pas and completed the film without the twirling moustache on Bheema's face. People refused to visit the theatre as the character was without a moustache. Somehow the operator meddled with the negatives and came out with a moustache (though not a menacing one) to draw the crowd. In fact the theatre folks went around neighbourhood beating of the drums to announce “Bheemuduki Meesalu Ochindiaho,” said Mr. Rao.

Senior columnist Adavalli Satyanarayana said that popular mythological films used to be screened at Maruthi. “The best of NTR and ANR films used hit the screen and the balcony ticket rate, if my memory is correct, was Rs.1.50 in the 1940s,” he said.

He also recollected the role of Prasad Brothers (of Challapalli) in establishing theatres like Saraswathi and Leela Mahal in the 1940s. “Saraswathi used to screen Hindi films and Leela Mahal beamed English films. Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana used to watch the English films at Leela Mahal regularly,” reminisced Mr. Satyanarayana.

The shifting of film distribution from Vijayawada to Hyderabad and the constant technological changes in the tinsel world made several theatre owners give up film business. “Maintaining a movie hall is not that lucrative nowadays.

Many theatres are making huge losses as the patronage from the moviegoers is on the wane. That is the reason why many landmarks are getting gradually erased, paving the way for commercial and residential complexes,” said V. Subba Rao, an exhibitor.

First colour film

Maruthi Theatre, which screened the first colour film-ever produced by Telugu film industry “Lavakusa,” along with Jawahar (Vijaya Talkies), Lakshmi (Swarna Complex), Saraswathi, Seesh Mahal, Eswar Mahal (Radha Theatre) and Venkateswara Theatre was consigned to history and many (old theatres) are in the pipeline to meet the same fate.
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VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to upgrade the Gannavaram airport, near here, to an international airport.
In a letter to chief minister N Kirankumar Reddy on Wednesday, ACCI president Muthavarapu Muralikrishna underlined the need for developing the Gannavaram airport as all the other major airports like Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Chennai are situated at more than 300 km from here.
“The Gannavaram airport serves the needs of at least seven districts, which means almost one-third of the state. There is a substantial population of NRIs hailing from this area who are living and working� in the USA, West Asia and Europe. If the Gannavaram airport is provided with full-fledged facilities as per the plan envisaged, an enormous growth in the passenger traffic can be expected,” he said.
While thanking to the chief minister for sanctioning Rs 52 crore for land acquisition for the expansion of the airport, Muralikrishna said� the fund would not be sufficient to meet the cost of the land proposed to be acquired for the airport’s expansion. The government should� release more funds and complete the expansion work soon, he said.
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VIJAYAWADA: To prevent robberies on trains, the Vijayawada railway division has decided to close the vestibule (passage) between the AC bogies in the night. This decision comes in the wake of increasing number of robberies on trains. Divisional railway manager Anurag hoped this step would curb the movement of robbers on trains, especially in the AC bogies.

"We have decided to block the vestibule between AC bogies between 10 pm and 6 am so that the unauthorized movement could be restricted," Anurag told TOI on Thursday. Besides this, GRP and RPF escort parties would be deployed on trains for the safety of the passengers at night.

As summer is more convenient for thieves and robbers to strike, the DRM cautioned the passengers against wearing expensive jewellery during train journeys. "Passengers should keep in mind that robbers would always be waiting for an opportunity to strike," he said. CCTV cameras have been installed at key locations at various stations to keep a watch on suspects, he said.

Asserting that the recently-introduced tagging of luggage in the reserved bogies has been well received, the DRM said that they would take up more passenger-friendly measures.

Anurag said freight earnings posted a remarkable growth at 16.95%. He said the total earnings from goods traffic had touched Rs 1,706 crore and added that additional trains would be run to meet the summer rush.

The DRM said Rs 23.8 crore would be spent on providing passenger amenities like waiting rooms, circulating areas, lifts and chairs to carry the aged and the physically challenged.
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On the passenger front, the division notched up a growth of 6.67 per cent to touch Rs 501 crore.

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The Vijayawada Division of South Central Railways has clocked 16.95 per cent growth in freight earnings at Rs 1,706 core, in tune with the trend of the entire zone last fiscal.

This division forms an important part of the SC Railways as it handles the entire cargo throughput of the Krishnapatnam and Kakinada private ports, besides a portion of the cargo from the neighbouring Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram ports.

With Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports handling increased quantity of coal and fertiliser cargoes, this reflected on the freight earnings of the Vijayawada Division. In terms of throughput, its freight loading peaked to 24.8 million tonnes, an increase of 17.3 per cent.

The gross earnings of the division registered a growth of 14.34 per cent, touching Rs 22,291.19 crore. The performance efficiency index, a measure of expenditure over income, touched 51 per cent — that is, for every Rs 100 earned, only Rs 51 was spent on administrative expenditure and the balance added to internal generation of resources.

On the passenger front, the division notched up a growth of 6.67 per cent to touch Rs 501 crore — it handled 98.40 million passengers, up by 4.23 per cent.

“The Vijayawada station is being remodelled at a cost of Rs 52.86 crore so as to put reception and dispatch of trains on the fast track,” an official of the division said.
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The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will conduct summer coaching camps for students below 16 years of age, said the corporation commissioner G. Ravi Babu.

Camps would be conducted from May 1 to 31, between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Expert coaches, physical education teachers and players in different events will train the students in the camps, said Mr. Ravi Babu.

TRAINING

Coaching will be given in athletics, shuttle badminton, ball badminton, boxing, cricket, caroms, chess, football, hockey, handball, kabaddi, kho-kho, netball, swimming, skating, yoga, throwball, volleyball, table tennis and other events.

Training would be held at Makineni Basavapunnaiah Stadium, Singhnagar, Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Dandamudi Rajagopala Rao Indoor Stadium, Gandhiji Municipal Stadium, Railway Ground, Satyanarayanapuram, APSRCM School, Krishna Lanka, Chennupati Ramakotaiah Indoor Stadium, AKTPMCH School, Satyanarayanapuram, Railway Stadium, SKPV High School, One Town, Sir Vijji Swimming Pool, Gandhinagar, Gurunanaknagar Swimming Pool and Dr. K.L. Rao Nagar Swimming Pool and other venues.

Those interested are requested to attend coaching at their respected places and avail themselves of the facility, said the commissioner.
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Moderate rainfall with powerful gales occurred in many parts in Krishna district on Sunday. People who have been suffering the severe summer heat for the past two months heaved a sigh of relief with the showers.

Rainfall accompanied by gales occurred at a few places due to the depression in the Bay of Bengal.

There was good rainfall in One Town, Gandhi Nagar, Moghalrajpuram, Poranki and other places in Vijayawada.

As usual, the day started very hot from 6 a.m. itself and the mercury touched a peak by 10 a.m. But then there was a sudden change in the climate and the sky became overcast with black clouds. Within no time, drizzles started at several places with gales.

Children, who were keeping indoors due to the severe heat for the last few days, were seen playing in rain waters and cool breeze at several places.

Main roads and low lying areas were submerged with rain waters for some time.

Power supply was disrupted and hoardings erected on the roadsides were damaged in some places due to the strong winds.

Rainfall was also recorded in Kankipadu, Gudivada and other areas in the district.

Unconfirmed reports said that a farmer died as lightning struck in Totlavallur mandal, while a few goats were charred to death when a lightning struck a herd of goats in Unguturu mandal.
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The Rs 84-crore Ma Foi Management Consultants Limited, India’s largest HR service provider, commenced its operations in Vijayawada. L Rajagopal, member of Parliament, formally inaugurated Ma Foi’s business partner operations today.

Established in 1992 at Chennai with a focus on recruitment services, Ma Foi has since grown to be one of the largest staffing and HR service providers in India. Ma Foi has been partnering with leading organisations and offering its HR solutions to Indian and multinational companies in various industry sectors and verticals.

This foray into franchising has provided Ma Foi with the geographical spread for sourcing of talent from mini-metros and towns, to ensure efficient delivery of both flexi and permanent staffing.

The business partner office in Vijayawada will be headed by Lakshma Reddy and is supported by a strong team of professionals from the industry. Ma Foi, Vijayawada, will offer flexi-staffing, recruitment, assessment, training and payroll outsourcing services.

Ma Foi witnessed 70 per cent growth in gross revenue during the second quarter of the current fiscal. Vedior NV, the world’s third largest staffing company, has invested in Ma Foi. Vedior NV has presence in 36 countries worldwide and specialises in a broad range of staffing services.

At present, Ma Foi has 38 offices in the country and five overseas subsidiaries in London, Dubai, Singapore, Colombo and Malaysia, and over 880 clients including 124 Fortune 500 companies.
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The Vijayawada Guntur Tenali and Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM UDA) will hold a meeting with villagers of Mustabada to convince them to give another 700 acres for the proposed Oryza mega township.



The Vijayawada Guntur Tenali and Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM UDA) will hold a meeting with villagers of Mustabada to convince them to give another 700 acres for the proposed Oryza mega township.

Villagers of Mustabada have already agreed to give 300 acres to VGTM UDA for construction of the township. The UDA has proposed to build a theme park, mega housing complex, railway freight terminal and industrial hub to promote industries in the Oryza township in the three villages of Nunna, Ramavarappadu and Mustabada.

However, villagers of Nunna and Ramavarappadu categorically refused to give their lands to UDA. Now, the UDA is focusing on Mustabada village, where about 150 farmers came forward to give 300 acres to the township.

The UDA proposes to share the land on a 60:40 ratio. Farmers get 60 per cent of the developed land. The UDA has decided to develop infrastructure facilities like roads, electric polls and drains.

VGTM UDA vice-chairman Mr G.S.R.K.R. Vijay Kumar told this newspaper that a detailed project report to be completed in one week will be presented to government for approval.

State government has earlier given the nod for the Oryza township while Hudco has agreed to sanction a loan. He said that the UDA will mortgage its lands to Hudco, if necessary, to acquire the loan.

The township will be connected from the inner ring road (IRR), Nunna, Gannavaram and Ramavappadu villages.

The railway freight terminal proposed by the UDA in the township will be useful to export agro based products from the coastal districts to other parts of the country while other products can be imported from the rest of India.

Mr Vijay Kumar is hopeful that villagers of Ramavappadu and Nunna will respond positively once township works start.
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The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will restore the road connectivity from Machavaram Road to Madhuranagar, at Machavaram down, according to VMC Deputy Executive Engineer A.V. Reddy.

The 30-feet road, connecting Machavaram main road and Madhuranagar bridge via Narlavari Veedhi was being laid at a cost of Rs.12 lakh, Mr. Reddy told The Hindu.

RAMP WORK

The corporation was constructing a ramp connecting the existing road to the BRTS. The VMC will arrange speed breakers on either side of the road, caution boards and zebra crossings to prevent road accidents, he added.

The VMC was re-laying the existing road, which was closed due to construction of the BRTS road a few months ago.

Sufficient space would be given for the residents located adjacent to the BRTS road in Narlavari Veedhi, Mr. Reddy said.

However, a resident K. Prasanth argued that the corporation officials were laying the road which was not in the plan. The road was being laid without any quality, he alleged and urged them to stop the works.

The ramp would pose a threat to the residents as it was adjacent to the BRTS road and as the corporation was raising the height of the ramp to more than 10 feet, said another resident Rajesh.
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The supply of drinking water from unauthorised water plants from the suburban areas of Vijayawada city is going on despite efforts by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) authorities. It may be noted when diarrhoea broke out in Payakapuram and surrounding areas in the city, the VMC officials arranged checkposts to prevent the entry of vehicles carrying water cans from the surrounding villages to Vijayawada.



The supply of drinking water from unauthorised water plants from the suburban areas of Vijayawada city is going on despite efforts by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) authorities. It may be noted when diarrhoea broke out in Payakapuram and surrounding areas in the city, the VMC officials arranged checkposts to prevent the entry of vehicles carrying water cans from the surrounding villages to Vijayawada.

The municipal authorities conducted raids, collected water samples from the water plants and sealed those supplying substandard drinking water.

The officials seized more than 21 water plants in the city during March and April. The municipal corporation chief medical officer, Dr Satyanarayana Raju, said officials sealed seven unauthorised water plants and diarrhoea cases came down in the city.

The zone III medical officer, Mr Z. Srinivasa Rao, said that out of 11 water plants present in Zone III, three have ISI standard, seven plants are operating with court directions and one unauthorised water plant was seized. He said water samples were collected from all the 11 plants.

More than 200 water pla-nts are being operated incl-uding 29 from Vijayawada city. Majority of them are being operated from suburban areas to escape the frequent raids from municipal authorities. Majority of people on the outskirts of the city still depend on water cans being supplied by suburban water plants.

CPM former floor leader Mr Ch Babu Rao said that the VMC authorities sho-uld monitor the situation regularly to prevent supply of water from unauthorised water plants.

He said that once the diarrhoea came under control, the officials gave up their initiative to prevent the entry of water cans from unauthorised water plants into the city.
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Vijayawad IRR progress

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IRR to be completed by December

The Hindu IN THE FAST LANE: A view of the road overbridge near Ramavarappadu being constructed as part of the Inner Ring Road by VGTMUDA in Vijayawada. Photo: CH. Vijaya Bhaskar
Railways has given the nod to take up Gunadala road overbridge
The Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM UDA) has set December as new deadline to complete the Inner Ring Road (IRR) project that was launched in 2009.
Major hurdle
The project was supposed to be completed by 2011. The construction of two bridges that were taken up as part of the IRR Project have been a major hurdle in the completion of the project.
With the Railways giving a nod to take up Gunadala Road over Bridge (RoB), the project is expected to be completed by December. The Railways, however, is yet to give a final estimate for the Gunadala RoB.
It will approximately cost Rs.54 crore. The Railway portion will be around Rs.25 crore.
The UDA will pay the amount to the Railways as soon as the demand was raised, UDA officials say.
The progress of work on Inner Ring Road (IRR) is likely to gain momentum with the Railways clearing decks for construction of Road over Bridge (RoB). Another RoB at Ramavarappadu is nearing completion.
The Ramavarappadu RoB is being constructed at a cost of Rs.29.32 core. Of this, the Railway portion is Rs.7.32 crore.
The UDA is gearing up to construct the approaches for the Ramavarappadu RoB, UDA officials said.
The UDA is executing the 10-km IRR project in four phases. It completed the phase-I and IV works. The Authority is constructing RoBs in phase II and III.
The IRR is designed to become one of the bypasses to divert the traffic coming from Hyderabad on NH-9 and intending to join NH-5 to go towards Eluru.
It means that vehicles can take the Gollapudi bypass and reach Milk Project passing through the tunnel. After crossing the proposed Nainavaram flyover as and when it is completed, vehicles can get on to the IRR.
The IRR will pass through Ambapuram and Nuzvid Road (at IBM College) before cutting through Nunna-Gunadala Road at Payakapuram. As and when this is also completed, it is expected to become much easier for vehicles to join NH-5 by almost completely avoiding city traffic.
The Benz Circle and MG Road within the city and Benz Circle to Ramavarapupadu will get decongested
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'Centre has formulated a policy whereby an effort is being made to streamline related issues'

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), in an effort to streamline the hawkers' menace, is planning to create hawker zones in city according to the Central Government‘s policy, said Commissioner G. Ravi Babu here on Tuesday.

Speaking to mediapersons, after inaugurating the summer coaching camp at the IGMC Stadium, Mr. Babu said that the city was facing two major problems – the ever-mushrooming of hawkers on public spaces and encroachment on spaces meant for pedestrians.

The Central Government had formulated a policy through which an effort is being made in all the urban areas to streamline the hawkers' issue. In Vijayawada there are thousands of hawkers who make a livelihood by hawking several things and are earning from Rs.1,000 to Rs.5,000 a day.

SEVERE PROBLEM

The VMC chief said that the problem was severe in One Town area. These hawkers were one of the main reasons for the traffic congestion as they attract good number of buyers.

The problem was severe in old town area as the narrow roads add to the woes of the pedestrians.

These hawkers operate at one area for decades together.

He said that in a meeting held recently with the hawkers, many expressed fear that they might lose business once the zones were created.

“The fear of losing business is needless as the buyers will know the specified area from where the hawkers will be operating.

They will head towards the place to buy and gradually it will become a habit. The hawkers may face some hiccups in the early stages but once the zones are established, their business will flourish,” he added.

Mr. Babu said that the soon enumeration of hawkers will be taken up to formulate rules for issuing licences and identity cards.

“We will be creating zones ward-wise and later city-wise,” he explained.
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VIJAYAWADA: We want to focus more on research and development and better interaction between the university and industries, which would enhance the employability of students and hone the skills of faculty, says Professor K Viyanna Rao, who assumed charge as the 15th vice-chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) in Guntur recently.
Speaking to Express, he said he was also making all efforts to develop ANU as a ‘Wi-Fi campus’ and provide virtual class rooms as a part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programme at an estimated cost of `89.7 crore.
Prof Rao also spoke on various other issues pertaining to the university and his initiatives.
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What are your priorities as the vice-chancellor?
Ans: We have adequate infrastructure and facilities here. What we need is more research work. I want to emphasise on research and development (R&D), and focus more on career guidance and placement.
The university did not have a vice-chancellor for almost 10 months.
How do you plan to streamline the affairs?
Though there was no VC, as in-charge vice-chancellor since June 2011, I guided the university affairs without any trouble with the help of the executive council and staff. There is no problem with the administration.
The university is in a financial crisis. How do you propose to manage income and expenditure?
Yes, we are facing financial problems. But thankfully, the state government has doubled the grant for ANU for 2012-13 to Rs 36 crore. We are spending Rs 42 crore on staff salaries and pension. However, we are also getting some income from the centre of distance education (CDE).
We received Rs 25.5 crore from the UGC in the 11th Five Year Plan and there are proposals for UGC assistance under the 12th Plan to the tune of `227.50 crore to Rs 257.22 crore.
Do you have sufficient staff? How many posts are vacant and when do you plan to fill them?
We do require more teaching staff, particularly for professional courses like pharmacy, architecture and engineering. For conventional courses, we have adequate staff. We are planning to appoint nearly 150 teachers on contract basis. We have also submitted proposals to the state government for the recruitment of 22 professors, 102 associate professors and 165 assistant professors.
What other initiatives are you taking up to develop the university?
We are planning to create a central facility for sports and recreation, with play grounds, yoga centre, reverse osmosis (RO) water facility etc at a cost of Rs 32 crore.
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The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Hyderabad, officials began measures on Thursday to prevent the supply of discoloured drinking water with smell from the headwater works located in the River Kri-shna.



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The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Hyderabad, officials began measures on Thursday to prevent the supply of discoloured drinking water with smell from the headwater works located in the River Kri-shna.

The institute officials collected the water samples at the headwater works, reservoirs and tail-end points in various colonies of Vijayawada city to conducting tests. The reports of the tests will be handed over to the the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation in 10 days. Due to the increase of algae in Prakasam barrage reservoir, the VMC has increased chlorination content that led to Gammexane smell in the drinking water.

Residents of one town, Ajit Singh Nagar, Patamata and other areas raised an outcry over the Gamm-exane smell in the drinking water. The

VMC officials said the smell was due to excess chlorination, and that it would not be harmful to the consumers.

The main reason for the increase of algae in Prakasam barrage reservoir was the stagnation of water since January 2012 due to delta modernization works, they said.

The irrigation department stopped releasing irrigation water to Bandar, Eluru and Ryves canals in the district.

The algae quantity has increased considerably, turning the Prakasam barrage water into greenish and dark. Consequently, the VMC has increased chlorination levels for

Mr B. Anjaneyulu, chief analyst, Institute of Preventive Medicine, said on Thursday that the detention of water at Prakasam barrage was the main reason for these problems.

He explained that such complaints were increasing in other parts of the state due a rapid growth of habitations and pollution levels.

He suggested the application of activated carbon treatment for the control of smell in the water.
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Testing carried out in the wake of complaints that odour of gammexane was emanating from water

A team from Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) tested water at K. L. Rao Head Water Works here on Thursday. The team tested the water in the wake of complaints that the drinking water supplied by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) was emanating gammexane odour.

Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu wrote a letter to the IPM urging it to conduct the tests and suggests ways and means to resolve the problem if any.

The IPM chief water analyst B. Anjaneyulu said that the water emanating gammexane smell due to algae present in the river is a common thing during summer season. The algal blooms give off few substances like cyanobacteria, Sinura and valvax that cause odour.

They react with chlorine and emanate odour. The raw water is being treated with carbon to reduce the pollution levels.

“The people need not to be apprehensive of odour. The treated water is safe for drinking,” he said.

CHLORINATION

Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu asserted that all the sources of drinking water were safe and the water being supplied had some smell due to formation of algae following depletion of the water table at the source. Chlorination was being done to required levels.

The water from all the sources was being properly treated, he added.

Executive Engineer Uday Kumar said that the IPM team had conducted trial tests. The results were encouraging. The team would give a direction on treating the raw water with carbon etc., he said.

The EE said that filamentous algae grow in the river water if the day temperature exceeds 35 degree Celsius. As the canals were also closed, the problem aggravated. As long as the water flows, the scope for algae growth would be less.

The Corporation received complaints from the people. The problem was identified during regular tests.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) activists led by CPIM) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao visited Headwater works. Mr. Rao urged the officials to rectify the problem at the earliest. The people were complaining about the foul smell.

Diarrhoea cases were being reported in areas like Vambay colony. The mandatory hourly tests were not being conducted at the Headwater works, he alleged.
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The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) buses will be inaugurated in Vijayawada city in the first week of June, according to municipal commissioner Mr G. Ravibabu.

The VMC and RTC officials tried to conduct a trail run of BRTS buses from the city bus terminal here on Saturday. But the proposal was cancelled at the last minute.

At a meeting convened here on Friday under the chairmanship of the district collector and special officer of the Municipal Corporation Mr S.A.M Rizvi, the special purpose vehicle board members including VMC, RTC and VGTM urban development authority officials finalised several issues for the operation of BRTS buses, including BRTS fare structure.

Speaking to this newspaper, RTC executive director Mr M. Suryaprakasa Rao said that there was no delay from RTC and they are ready to ply the BRTS buses. They have finalised the fare structure also, he added.

The officials decided to collect minimum fare of Rs.7 in BRTS buses. They decided to ply 16 buses in both directions of BRTS green corridor .

The SPV board members decided to raise reserve fund for the operation of BRTS buses as it would cost Rs.50 lakh per month. They decided to promote advertisements on the BRTS buses to get revenue.

The APSRTC will ply the BRTS services and the municipal corporation will provide necessary infrastructure.

The officials planned to introduce BRTS services from Ugadi festival in March this year but they failed to operate buses due to non-completion of bridge works on Ryves canal.

As the bridge connecting three km BRTS corridor to Eluru Road was completed, the officials are planning to introduce the BRTS buses.

The municipal commissioner Mr Ravibabu inspected the BRTS corridor on Saturday and directed the officials to complete the BRTS bus stop works at RTC city terminal, CK Reddy Road, Misala Raja Rao Bridge, Gunadala ESI hospital and on MG Road before May 20.
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