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Old September 20th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #121
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The inauguration of 3.5 km Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor from Seethannapet to Gunadala seems to be further delayed as the Vijayawada Urban Transport Company Limited (VUTCL) is yet to hold its board of directors meeting to arrive at a decision on plying of buses, fare and other things.
According to official sources, district collector and VUTCL chairman Buddha Prakash M Jyothi and municipal commissioner MD Abdul Azeem are not keen on launching the BRTS project at the earliest.
It may be recalled here that former municipal commissioner G Ravi Babu announced that the BRTS project would be inaugurated in June. The VUTCL is yet to meet even three months after the announcement.
Both the collector and commissioner who are new to the place, may take time to study the project before arriving at a final decision on introducing BRTS buses, sources added.
It is learnt that the APSRTC is also not evincing interest to operate BRTS buses fearing that the project is not economically viable.
Local leaders have flayed the VMC officials for the undue delay in inauguration of the BRTS corridor.CPM city secretary Ch Babu Rao said the BRTS project which began 5 years ago, was way behind schedule due to lack of proper coordination among the APSRTC, VMC and district collector.
The APSRTC is the major stakeholder in the project with 51 per cent equity. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority are the other stakeholders with 25 per cent and 24 per cent equity respectively in the project.
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Three youths, including a Christian, have been making idols for the past six years

Three ardent lovers of environment and zeal to do something for society have stood an example for ‘communal harmony’ for the past six years celebrating Ganesh Chavithi publicly at Gollapudi on Vijayawada outskirts.

These youth instead of indulging in publicity blitzkrieg about their activities, bring soft clay soil from an island in river Krishna as that does not let the idol crack even after 11 days of celebrations. Six years ago Vanapalli Jaya Babu, a vegetable vendor and his brother Suresh, running a dry-cleaning service, was joined by Kanathala Das, a Christian by faith, and an employee in moulding a one-foot Ganesha idol to feed about 200 people.

Every year the size of the idol went up by one foot and this year it is six feet, with the youth promising to feed 2,500 people during the 11 days. People in the colony donate vegetables, rice and other groceries without even a formal request and some people provide the puja material or the shamiana required for the idol.

Taking a step further, the three contribute their time and creativity in moulding the idol without taking any help from professionals.

The trio has decided to distribute saplings to all the people interested in growing a tree and thus spread the green message. Last year when Anna Hazare’s wave swept the country, the trio made Ganesha idol look like a soldier and named it Sainik Vinayaka putting up a Tricolour in the Lord’s hands. Those wishing to take inspiration from the trio or support them in their effort could reach them over Phone No. 8977114564.
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'It has been decided to install bio-metric system in the GGH for controlled access soon'

District Collector S. Suresh Kumar said a sum of Rs 3.30 crore was released from Hospital Development Society (HDS) and Arogyasri funds for purchasing equipment in the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Vijayawada.

Similarly, a sum of Rs 20 crore was allotted for creating additional infrastructure in the Guntur Medical College which has ambitious plans for the future. Funds for this are being released in phases.

Addressing a review meeting at the GGH in Vijayawada on Monday, Mr. Suresh Kumar said it has been decided to install bio-metric system in the GGH for controlled access soon and make the C.C. cameras fully functional.

He said there were some complaints of patients being forced to pay for the services availed by them in the GGH. Stringent action would be taken against those financially squeezing the poor patients, he warned.

The Collector was told that all the hospital staff and doctors would be strictly adhering to dress code and doing their best for meeting the health-care requirements of the patients most of whom hail from poor sections of society. GGH Superintendent Ch. Mohan Rao was present.
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The DRM said that the officers, typists/stenographers were trained in Hindi typing and stenography

Vijayawada Railway Division of the South Central Railway has been awarded the General Manager’s Raj Bhasha Efficiency Shield, for showing best performance in using Hindi language for 2011.

Divisional Railway Manager Pradeep Kumar, who is also the Town Official Language Implementation Committee, reviewed the implementation of official language in various sections, with Additional DRM S. Subba Rao and other officers in Vijayawada on Friday.

Announcing the achievement at a press conference the DRM said personnel branch office superintendent, Lakshmi Nancharamma, received the Railway Board’s Individual Cash Award for doing meritorious work in implementing Hindi.

One more officer and four employees of Vijayawada Division received the General Manager’s Individual Cash Awards for doing commendable work in Hindi, during 2011-12.

The awards were presented by the SCR General Manager, during the Zonal Raj Bhasha Fortnight Celebrations, held at Secunderabad, on Friday, said Mr. Pradeep Kumar.

Explaining about the measures being taken to implement use of Hindi, the DRM said that the officers, typists/stenographers were trained in Hindi typing and stenography.

Training is being imparted to computer operators for doing work in Hindi through Unicode.

Official Language officer Sunkara Chiranjeevi and others were present.
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All varieties of plants are available at the exhibition

A 10-day long horticulture exhibition began at Madhu Function Hall in Vijayawada on Friday.

The Siddhartha Academy of General and Technical Education secretary Nalluri Venkateswarlu, who inaugurated the expo, emphasised the need to promote indoor and outdoor plantation to check the increasing pollution levels. “Plants, be it indoor or outdoor, change the ambiance of the house. Gardening adds beauty to the house, besides giving healthy and pollution-free air,” he said.

Pointing to the fact that the trend of kitchen gardening was fast picking up in the city, he suggested that people could grow vegetables and spices as they could be grown in flower pots as well. “Climbers are also hot favourites as they do not occupy much space,” he said.

Event organiser Satish Agarwal said all varieties of indoor and outdoor plants were available at the exhibition. Garden tools, organic manure, ceramic and plastic pots were also available at the expo. In addition to this, decorative plastic climbers, plants and water fountains were also on sale, he said.
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Builders finally have a reason to heave a sigh of relief. After running from pillar to post to make their sand-related grievances heard, the Government seems to have taken note of their miseries.

News that the Government plans to allot 40-odd sand reaches to the Mines Department for supply of sand at Rs. 325 per cubic metre has given the fraternity a ray of hope.

Reports indicate that the Krishna district initially may be allotted one reach against 12 to its neighbouring Guntur district. More reaches would be allotted to Krishna after securing environment clearance, it is said.

“This is indeed a positive step. Due to severe shortage of sand, we are forced to shell out between Rs. 1200 and Rs. 1500 to buy a tonne of sand while the Government rate will cost us Rs. 200 per tonne or not more than Rs. 400 per tonne with transport facility,” says Gadde Rajaling, president of Greater Vijayawada Builders Association.

The Krishna river bed alone has 72 sand reaches. Hit by an unprecedented scarcity of sand, builders have been incurring huge financial losses. “We are under tremendous pressure. Works at the projects have come to a standstill for want of sand and resultantly, many clients have asked for cancellation of deals while financiers are exerting pressure for recovery of their money,” Mr. Rajaling rues. The sand crisis has had a cascading impact. A major chunk of the migrant labour from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa has returned home in the absence of work causing severe shortage of skilled workers and escalation of the labour cost by 30 per cent.
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Vijayawada (AsiaNews) - A day dedicated to the study of Porta Fidei and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to prepare for the Year of Faith and its significance for India. Over 100 priests, nuns and religious attended yesterday's meeting, organized by the Conference of Religious India (CRI) of the Diocese of Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) in Stella Maris College Franciscan Sisters Missionaries. Divided into two sessions, the meeting opened with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Valley Joji Babu and p. Damala Vijaya Kumar, director of Prerana Youth Centre.

P. Babu opened and led the first part of the day. "As in married life - he explained - the heart and intellect must come together to experience the bliss, so in the Christian community must unite the hearts of everyone to experience the faith expressed in the celebration of the liturgy, the reading of the Gospel in charity toward the sick and needy . the only way we can make Christ's living presence in the community. "

In the second part of the meeting, p. Kumar stressed "the importance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) for the local Churches, in its" systematic and organic synthesis "of the many ways in which the Church has reflected on faith and doctrine. Moreover, the priest stressed the need to organize adult catechesis in parishes and in all educational centers.

In the city of Vijayawada, home of the rally, Christians are more than 10% of the population (about 1 million people). The diocese has more than 145 congregations, with more than 1000 consecrated men and women.

The Year of Faith will begin on October 11, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and in the 20th of the publication of the Catechism, will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, November 24, 2013. Benedict XVI has proclaimed the Year of Faith in the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei , published on 11 October 2011.
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Vijayawada Railway Division to Run Special Trains for Dussehra

Vijayawada: Vijayawada Railway Division officer F R Michel has informed that keeping in view, the rush of passengers during Dusshera festival, railways are running special trains between Visakhapatnam-Chennai, Visakhapatnam-Sainagar Shirdi and Secunderabad-Tirupati.

Visakhapatnam-Chennai-Visakhapatnam Train no. 02869-02870: This service will be available from 1st October to 29th October 2012 on every Monday. This starts from Visakhapatnam on every Monday at 7.20 and reach Vijayawada at 01.25 am and Chennai Central at 8.55 am the next day. In its return journey, the train starts at 8.10 pm on Tuesday night from Chennai central and reach Vijayawada at 4.00 am and Visakhapatnam on 10.25 am on Wednesday.
Visakhapatnam-Sainagar Shirdi-Visakhapatnam train no. 02801/02802: This service will begin its journey on every Thursday from 4th October to 25th October, 2012 from Visakhapatnam. It reached Vijayawada at 3.20pm, Hyderabad at 9.10.pm and reach Sainagar Shirdi at 12.15 on Friday afternoon. Again it starts on every Friday from Sainagar Shirdi from 5th to 26th October at 7.10 on and reach Secunderabad at 9.25 am; Vijayawada at 3.20 pm and Visakhapatnam at 8.20 pm.
Secunderabad-Tirupati-Secunderabad train no. 07145/07146: This service will be available for the passengers on 22nd and 29th of October. This runs between Hyderabad and Vijayawada. It starts at Secunderabad at 11.30 pm and reached Vijayawada the next day at 5.10 am and reaches Tirupati at 11.55 pm. In the return journey, it starts at Tirupati on 23rd and 30th at 7.55 pm and reaches Vijayawada at 2.40 am. It reaches Secunderabad the next morning at 9.10am.
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The homemakers in the City can now have an option of doing something creative with the introduction of a new “Entrepreneurship Development Programme” (EDP) course in fashion designing.

At the inception of the programme at Samana Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT), it was introduced in a special seminar by celebrity designer Shravan Kumar from Hyderabad.

The specially targeted course for women will train them in production and marketing of fashionable garments.

“My main intention behind starting this course is to increase the economic standards of women in Vijayawada”, said SIFT CEO Samana Moosavi.

Many women already do some sort of clothes designing from their homes, but they lack proper knowledge about the whole process, she observed.

The course, in 116 sessions over a period of three months, will train them in all the aspects of production house, she added.

The course planned in collaboration with the management of National Institute of Fashion Technology will have classes from renowned designers like Shravan Kumar, P.L. Panda, Krishna Mehta and Zubin Vakil.

Students will be required to spend a minimum of six hours daily for the course but the timings are flexible if a group of people come together, said the CEO.

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Admissions have already begun for the course and the Institute also provides the facility of getting interested students banking support on their guarantee.

Designer Shravan Kumar gave a special presentation to the students on the changing fashion trends over the world like the Japanese asymmetry. Later, he checked out designs of the students for their upcoming show and gave personal inputs.

“Give a surprise element which your city people are unaware of”, was the advice he gave to the students.
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VIJAYAWADA, OCT 5:
Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports have been a major source of revenue for Vijayawada railway division, official sources here said.

In the first half of the current financial year, the Vijayawada railway division earned Rs 1,293.42 crores against Rs 1,058.01 crores during the same period last year, showing a growth of 22.25 per cent, South Central Railway’s Vijayawada divisional railway manager, Pradeep Kumar said in a release issued here.

Of this, the total goods earnings of the division were Rs 983.05 crores, a growth of 27.42 per cent over the same period last year.

The Krishnapatnam port, which is under private management, provided Rs 414.55 crores of revenue to the rail division.

The port alone contributed 44.65 per cent of revenue of the division from goods.

Besides, Kakinada port contributed Rs 165.45 crores to the division in the first half of this fiscal.

Also, the division earned Rs 259.19 crores from passengers, Pradeep Kumar said.
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Officials of the public health department in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Tuesday conducted surprise checks and sealed shops selling chicken, mutton, fish and prawns, in violation of the prohibitory orders issued in view of Gandhi Jayanthi.

The shops that came under VMC scanner were ‘Chicken ‘n’ Chicken’ at Darsipet, Basha Mutton Centre at Patamata, A1 Chicken Centre at Giripuram and many other mutton and chicken selling shops at Mogulrajpuram, said the Corporation’s Chief Medical Officer M. Satyanarayana Raju.

Sanitary inspectors, led by officials of the public health department, inspected areas like Singhnagar, Old Payakapuram, Mutyalampadu, Madhuranagar, Arundelpet, Krishnalanka, Ramalingeswara Nagar, Patamata, Darsipet, Gunadala and Machavaram, sealed shops that were found to be violating orders and seized 50 kg chicken, 25 kg mutton, 40 kg fish and five kg prawns.

A fine of Rs. 10,500 was collected from the violators. Public health wing officers Ratnavali, Gopal Naik, Babu, Srinivas, and Z. Srinivasa Rao and sanitary supervisors Subba Rao and Jai Surya and others participated in the inspections.
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Cultural programmes by schoolchildren mark the inaugural session

Minister for Stamps and Registrations Thota Narasimham on Tuesday asked the youth to pursue sports and games with determination, for success will change their lives for better. He cited the example of ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and the name and fame she achieved after her London Olympics feat.

The Minister, who is also in charge of Krishna district, was in Vijayawada to inaugurate the three-day Andhra Pradesh Junior Athletic Championship for boys and girls. He also relives his days as a State kabaddi player and shared his experiences with the athletes.

New rule

Andhra Pradesh Athletic Association secretary Ranga Rao said that the association introduced a new rule by allowing the athletes representing their academies, hostels and training centres to compete in the individual events.

“Earlier, the athletes from academies, hostels, and other training centres were asked to represent their respective native districts. The role of coaches in the success of the athletes of academies and hostels went unnoticed as the achievements were claimed by the coaches of the district associations. The new rule will be a boost to the coaches of the academies,” said Mr. Rao.

The three-day meet will witness around 1,300 athletes taking part in the under-14, 16, 18, and 20 segments in both boys and girls and the Andhra Pradesh contingent to take part in the national junior athletic championship to be held in Lucknow from October 27 will be picked up on the concluding day.

The inaugural session witnessed the local schoolchildren performing various cultural programmes along with a colourful march-past by the district contingents.

City MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Velampalli Srinivas, MLC Ilapuram Venkaiah, Krishna District Congress Committee president N. Narasimha Rao, Sunflower Group Managing Director M. Punnam Raju, ‘C’ Channel Managing Director Ramesh, Krishna District Athletic Association president Ramesh Jain, secretary A. Raghavendra Rao, senior auditor S. A. Naidu and others took part in the inaugural function.
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The panel expresses concern over the official’s absence at a review meet

Expressing concern over the absence of Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Azeem during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) review meeting here on Friday, the panel directed him to appear before the PAC on October 17.

Speaking to the newsmen later, PAC Chairman Revuri Prakash Reddy said that the committee served summons on the Commissioner and the matter would be taken to the notice of the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration).

The VMC had allocated 10 acres of land to Sriram Power Generation Project, on the city outskirts, but, it was alleged that the company had mortgaged the land violating the norms.

The VMC officials, however, could not clarify as to whether the land was mortgaged; any criminal case was booked against the parties involved and the delay in taking up the project.

The PAC directed the District Collector Buddha Prakash M. Jyothi to conduct a review on the issue and submit a report.

We received complaints on deviation of Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) plans by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on outer ring road, he said.

Clarification

Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner clarified that as he was busy filing a recall petition in the High Court, over a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) issued by the Third Metropolitan Magistrate Court, in Vijayawada, he had sent his officials.

In the note issued to the press on Friday, the Commissioner said that since he was attending to the draft of NBW over phone with the legal superintendent, he had asked the Superintending Engineer and Chief Medical and Health Officer to attend the PAC meeting.

“I have highest regard for the PAC and had no intention to neglect or avoid the review meeting.

I rushed to the meeting hall and explained the Committee Chairman the reasons for the delay in attending the review meeting”, said Mr. Azeem.
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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found contractors’ negligence in constructing K.L. Rao Sagar (Pulichintala Project).

The committee after touring Krishna district for two days said that due to administrative lapses and negligence of some officials, contractors had taken undue advantage in the execution of works of the project.

“The CAG had found that Rs.46 crore undue payments were made in Pulichintala works,” said the committee members.

The panel also observed several irregularities in the accounting process of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, Durga temple, Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) and Irrigation Department.

Headed by Revuri Prakash Reddy, the panel rapped the VGTMUDA and the Irrigation authorities for failing to produce records for about Rs.75 crore.

The PAC inspected the condition of ‘Raja Gopuram’ and ‘Maha Mantapam’ at Indrakeeladri. They visited the ‘prasadam’ preparation halls and expressed concern over the poor hygienic conditions.

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The Endowments Department gets Rs.45 crore from Durga temple per annum but there is no designated accounts officer, and the temple AEO is in-charge. The temple management spent Rs.27 crore for which there are no records.

“We observed unhygienic conditions where boondi, laddu and pulihora prasadams are being prepared. The PAC directed the district Collector to conduct a meeting with the Endowment officials on undue payments and on cleanliness,” said Mr. Prakash Reddy.

On Bhavani Island, only the restaurant and rest houses are on use. We asked the Tourism Department officials to submit proposals to the Tourism Commissioner with special packages for tourists, to boost up the revenue.

The Committee found several illegal structures on either side of the Krishna. It directed the Krishna and Guntur district Collectors to constitute a committee with Revenue, VGTMUDA and Irrigation officials, identify the unauthorised constructions, and submit a report to the government within 15 days.
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The Krishna Delta System Chief Engineer D. Sambaiah has recommended action against the contractor, who executed the dredging of Pedalanka major drain in the district.

In a letter addressed to Engineer in Chief (Irrigation), Mr. Sambaiah said the contractor, Hyderabad-based M/s. B.V.S.R. Constructions, had violated the agreement. The contractor has allegedly not carried out the works properly as per the agreement conditions, and preferred the bill to an excess amount of Rs.6.45 crore.

Responding to reports published in the media the State government directed the Engineering-in-Chief (irrigation) to constitute a technical team to submit a report to it. Based on the report action was initiated against the field staff. The Engineering-in-Chief also ordered that action be initiated against the contractor. Orders were given to Vijayawada Irrigation Circle SE to submit a report on the work of the contractor.

The Superintending Engineer in his report said that the contractor had executed the works unsatisfactorily. As per AP PWD code part B Clause 3(1)(i), the contractor could be demoted to lower class if he fails to execute the work satisfactorily and proved to be responsible for constructional defects, he said, adding, “hence action may be initiated against the agency.”
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Huge water bills are causing untold miseries to residents of Ajitsingh Nagar, Payakapuram, Kandrika and surrounding areas in the city. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC)’s move to disconnect water connections was a double whammy for them.

The residents allege that the Corporation has disconnected at least 150 water connections in the division.

The residents, comparing the water bill to property tax, said the bills were double the taxes collected by the Corporation.

The tax was Rs. 150 per half year, while the water bill was Rs. 300; in some other cases, while the tax was Rs. 200 per half year, the water bill stood at Rs. 400.

The VMC was disconnecting the taps because they were unable to clear the dues, they said.

A. Samrajyam, resident of Radha Nagar, said: “the Corporation has already removed the public stand outposts (PSOs) as part of he Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission programme. Now, where do we go to fetch a pail of water?”

“The Corporation officials’ only concern seemed to be augmenting the revenues. The VMC was unable to provide value added services to the citizens.

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The roads that were dug for laying the under ground drainage were not restored. The Corporation does not respond even if the street lights were not working. But, it was eager to disconnect the water connections,” says Rajamma, another resident of Radha Nagar.

The VMC officials gave a rosy picture about individual water connections.

The residents, who were dependent on the PSOs, got attracted to free water connections scheme introduced by the Corporation.

The Corporation has shown its true colours and vigorously implementing the reforms, they alleged.

CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said the VMC had no proper plans to collect the taxes.

It had utterly failed in collecting the mounting dues from government organisations such as Railways, polytechnic, and State guest house. The Railways has not been paying the tax since 1988, while the polytechnic was not paying from 2001. All these dues would touch Rs. 9.35 crore.

However, the VMC has not made any efforts in that direction. Instead, it was targeting the poor, he alleged.
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Vijayawada: With the Dasara festival only a fortnight away, the city traffic police is bracing up for the tough task of handling pilgrims on one side and the vehicular traffic on the other.Police have started erecting barricades to direct the visiting pilgrims to various destinations including the temple atop Indrakeeladri and the bathing ghats along River Krishna. The barricading is taken up from the Vinayaka temple on the Canal Road.

Like in the past, barricades will be set up on both sides of the road – one leading directly to the temple atop the hill and the other leading to the bathing ghats on the river side. Special barricades are also being provided for pilgrims to reach the temple from the bathing ghats, crossing the road, which would be a tough task for the police to handle.

Barricading is also done at the prasadam counters at Kanakadurga Nagar, at the foot of the hill. The district Collector, Dr Buddha Prakash M Jyothi and the City Police Commissioner N Madhusudhana Reddy have inspected the works on Friday and instructed the officials on some changes.

The police chief is in regular contact with the temple officials and the police personnel on duty monitoring the arrangements. As the festival is popular in these parts, pilgrims in a couple of lakhs are expected to turn up in the city every day during the nine-day festival. However, the number will be more than four to five lakh on Moola Nakshatram day and also on the final day – Vijaya Dasami on October 24.

Besides regulating pilgrims on roads and atop the hill, the traffic police would have to handle the vehicular movement of the city and also the two national highways that pass through the city. The Chennai-Kolkata and the Mumbai-Machilipatnam national highways are connected to the city bringing thousands of trucks every day. It would be a herculean task for the police to divert these vehicles, besides the RTC buses and the local vehicles.

The road from Kummaripalem Centre to Vinayaka Temple passing through the foot of the Indrakeeladri Hill would be totally closed for heavy vehicles during the nine-day festival to keep the roads free for pilgrims. Even this traffic too would be closed on Moola Nakshatram day and Vijaya Dasami as the rush of the pilgrims would be more.

Though the flow of vehicles would be diverted from Ibrahimpatnam itself for the vehicles coming from Hyderabad route, there would also be more vehicles reaching the city including RTC buses from Hyderabad, Jaggaiahpet, Nandigama, Tiruvur, Mylavaram and Bhadrachalam routes.

These vehicles would be diverted from Gollapudi which would pass through the tunnel at Chittinagar and enter the BRTS Road at Satyanarayanapuram passing through the three bridges across the railway lines between Chittinagar and Kedareswarapet. This narrow road would not take much of the traffic leading to frequent traffic jams in the city, giving tough time for the police.

The barricading for queue lines for darshan atop the hill and at the prasadam counters besides the venues for the cultural programmes is nearing completion and is expected to be handed over to the police in the next couple of days.
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Vijayawada: Nagarjuna hospital was inspected a few months ago by a committee from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health care providers (NABH) and announced accreditation on September 27, said Chairman and Managing Director of the hospital Jaganmohan Rao. Addressing the media here on Saturday, he said that Nagarjuna Hospital initiated multi-disciplinary speciality care in the Vijayawada region 20 years ago. To make it more efficient, the management called for NABH accreditation.

He said that the Board adjudged the hospital the best and safe for the treatment of patients. He said that NABH is a part of the Quality Council of India (QCI) to assess the services provided in hospitals. He said that NABH was a non-profit committee to check the amenities in the hospitals and mark it as safe for the patients.He said that the committee studies the functioning of the management, treatment, safety measures, hygiene, staff safety, risk management among other things.

He said that they have conducted mock drills to alert the staff and patients to make them learn the measures they have to follow during acci The hospital has 140 beds with all amenities to the patients. The hospital now has renovated operation theatres.

Medical superintendent Dr Bhaskar Rao, Nursing superintendent Lakshmi, Director of Intensive care Dr Sri Lakshmi, Chief Operating Officer of medical Dr Ramachandra Rao, Chief operating officer administration G Ramarao and others were present.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 11:04 PM   #139
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Officials have ignored the programme for three months, much to the dismay of people

The Adalat aimed at bringing the entire civic administration at the doorstep of the people seems doomed to withering on the vine.

Officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation have completely ignored the Adalat concept for the last three months in Circle offices, much to the dismay of people. The people, consequently, are forced to rush to the VMC main office to lodge their petitions, complaints and grievances.

The VMC used to receive not less than 50 petitions at every Adalat conducted in the Circle offices. Sometimes, the number used to touch 100 also. The idea in conducting the Adalat is to receive petitions from the public and dispose of them immediately. The VMC used to conduct Adalats at Circle-III Office every Tuesday; Circle-II (Wednesday), Circle-I (Friday) and the main office (remaining days).

Municipal Commissioners like Natarajan Gulzar used to track status of the petitions received. The officials were made accountable for compliance and disposal of the petitions in a week. Immediate past Commissioner Ravi Babu used to convene the review meetings at Circle offices, if required, so that the meetings did not hamper the Adalats.

Congress and opposition leaders mince no words in holding the Commissioner responsible for “breaking the Adalat system”. The Adalats were for people to air the grievances as there are no elected representatives. At a juncture, where council was not there, the officials should take additional care to reach the public, they opined. However, the VMC officials had given the go-by, they say, and added: “the adalats should be restored immediately.”

CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao says, “the Municipal Commissioner is 100 per cent responsible for the situation.

The VMC is not conducting the Adalats as it had no answer and solution to the public grievances.” YSR Congress leader P. Gowtham Reddy says,

“The MLAs and MP have no time to attend the public issues. The VMC wound up the only forum available for the public. People will be forced to launch agitation if the Adalats are not restored.”
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Vijayawada: Visiting the designated centre for voter registration at Kesarapalli village at Gannavaram near here on Sunday, Krishna District Collector Buddhaprakash Jyothi instructed the booth-level agents to help the people to get registered their names as voters.

He said anyone, who attained the age of 18 years by January 1, 2013, could register their names as voters. All polling centres in the district would register the new voters till the end of this month. “Special campaigns would be organised on October 14 and 21 ,” he said.

The Collector inquired about the details of voter registration at Kesarapalli and verified the forms they received for voter registration. He asked them to be at the polling booths till 5 pm. He even talked with the people who were there to get registered as voters. He also inquired whether the booth-level agents were receiving the remuneration or not.

RDO B Subba Rao told the District Collector that Rs 387 for each agent was directly credited into their bank accounts. Commissioner of Police N Madhusudan Reddy, Tahsildar Prasanna Lakshmi also accompanied the District Collector
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