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Rajahmundry (Telugu: రాజమండ్రి) is a city and municipal corporation of the Andhra Pradesh state in India. It is situated 400 kilometres (249 mi) east of the state capital, Hyderabad, on the banks of the River Godavari. Known as the Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh, Rajahmundry is noted for its versatile Vedic culture and intellect.It is the fourth largest city in Andhra Pradesh. The city's population is 943,903 (Census 2011).

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To help educated unemployed youth find jobs in the private sector, the district authorities are organising division-wise job melas in all five divisions in East Godavari from May 6 to June 3 as part of implementation of the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme.

To help educated unemployed youth find jobs in the private sector, the district authorities are organising division-wise job melas in all five divisions in East Godavari from May 6 to June 3 as part of implementation of the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme.

The district rural development agency, which is the nodal agency for implementation of RYK, will organise the job mela at Kakinada division on May 6, Rajahmundry on May 13, Amalapuram on May 20, Peddapuram on May 27 and Rampachoda-varam on June 3.

The authorities expect 5,000 to 6,000 job seekers to attend the job mela in each division and nearly 30,000 job seekers are likely to attend in the district.

About 25 firms are scheduled to take part in the job mela. The authorities maintain that based on qualification, skill and experience of the candidate, the firms will offer them jobs.

Some having skills and the requisite qualification will get jobs while some will undergo training in the vocation of their choice.

The authorities maintain that there is a huge demand for data entry operators and those who have passed class X are getting trained in electrical, plumbing, sanitation and others.

However, the authorities are finding it tough to make job seekers continue in the jobs.

The district rural development agency project director, Mr K. Madhukar Babu said, “We are expecting nearly 25,000 job seekers to attend the job melas, and of them, more than one-third are likely to get job offers. Moreover, we are providing training on various vocations to better their chances of getting jobs.”

RAJAHMUNDRY: India's defence preparedness has been boosted by the successful launch of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-V, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju has said.

"With the launch of Agni-V, our defence system has been further strengthened," he said.

"We are reviewing defence-related matters keeping in view China and other neighbouring countries," Raju said.

Nuclear-tipped Agni-V, which has a strike range of over 5,000 km, was successfully test-fired on April 19 off Odisha coast.

The Minister, who is Lok Sabha MP from Kakinada, was talking to reporters at Kothapet in East Godavari district, where he had gone to attend a private function last evening.

"We are importing nuclear reactors from Russia and taking steps to produce nuclear power in the country," Raju said.

He assured that all welfare schemes launched by the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy-led Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh in 2004 will continue and there will be no disruption in their implementation.

The Municipal Corporation of Rajahmundry (MCR), along with the United India Insurance Company Limited, is planning to launch a unique welfare measure, primarily to cover the entire population in Rajahmundry for accident insurance.

The corporation has already tied up with the insurance company for the implementation of this unique scheme. Under this insurance scheme, the citizens – particularly those from the weaker sections of the society who are critically injured or become disabled in road accidents – are covered and are given financial assistance.

The policy envisages coverage of the city population against death due to accident for Rs 10,000 and loss of limb for Rs 5,000. The corporation will bear the premium cost on behalf of the denizens of the city. Indore is said to be the first city in the country to evolve such a scheme.

Described as an unprecedented effort in south India, this is the only second instance in the country where the population of a city is being brought under insurance cover, according to the official sources in the United India Insurance Company.

“Indore is said to be the first city in the country to evolve such a scheme. But it discontinued the policy after the first year,” the sources added.

Speaking to Business Standard, the commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Rajahmundry, said, “We are working out the population figures as well as the details of the scheme, which will be in place by the end of this year.”

The corporation is looking at an estimated population of three lakh even as it weighs the option of the two age groups proposed for the scheme – 5 to 70 and 18 to 70 – and figures out the total number of people who fit into it for extending the insurance coverage.

The insurance scheme, to be called as ‘Poura Samrakshana Bima Padhakam’, will have the municipal corporation certifying the cases eligible among its denizens for the insurance benefit and settling the claims with the insurance company.

New master plans for two municipal corporations including Rajahmundry and Kakinada will be ready in three months.

New master plans for two municipal corporations including Rajahmundry and Kakinada will be ready in three months.

The state town and country planning joint director, Mr K. Purushottam Reddy, held a review meeting with the officials from municipal corporations and municipalities in Rajahmundry region limits here on Saturday.

Later, he told newsmen that they were in the process of coming out with new master plans for both the corporations and added that only 50 per cent the work was completed so far. He sounded confident to get them ready as per schedule once they get access to the satellite imageries.

Referring to the implementation of the Building Penalisation Scheme, the joint director said that they were collecting 20 per cent additional tax from the property owners as they failed to get their properties regularised and ruled out any possibility of further extension of the scheme.

He said that the civic bodies were getting good revenue through the implementation of Layout Regularisation Scheme.

With regard to unauthorised buildings, the joint director said that they would serve notices initially and if the owners failed to comply with, they would exercise the power to seize such buildings.

He said that as the state government issued a new GO recently, property owners can construct a building in the area ranging between 50 to 300 square metres and added that set backs were also reduced. He also said that the set backs could be followed in proportion to the total area of the site and the built-up area.

The JD said that efforts were on to recruit 226 building inspectors throu-gh Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission and added that in about three months, they would get the recruitment of the inspectors.

The new Rajahmundry airport terminal will become operational for public use from May 16. Airport Authority of India regional executive director from Chennai, Mr D. Devaraju, will supervise the works on the occasion.

Construction works for the new airport terminal at Madhurapudi were started nearly one-and-a-half years ago at a cost of nearly Rs.50 crores.

The terminal building comprises a control tower, a technical block and a fire station and airport authorities have shifted instruments from the old airport to the new terminal.

Spice Jet SG 1061 will be the first flight to arrive at the new terminal at about 10.40 am from Hyderabad and will depart as SG 1062 from the terminal at about 11.00 am.

Arrival and departure of all air passengers will be handled from the new terminal. Though the airport has all the requisite instruments to facilitate night landing of flights, this is delayed for nearly two years for want of inst-allation of an aviation obs-truction light or a warning light on a hillock where a temple of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy is located at Korukonda.

About 50 devotees climb up 600 steps to have darshan of the nine feet idol of Lakshmi Narasimha every day and offer prayers. At present, the temple is und-er the purview of the Ann-avaram Devasthanam.

Airport authorities maintain that repeated reminders to local temple authorities to install a warning light on the temple top for the benefit of the pilots to navigate flights during landing and takeoff, especially during night, have proved futile.

They maintain that though it is the responsibility of temple authorities to install the warning signal, they are willing to do so, given the long delay. But there is no response from temple authorities even for this.

Meanwhile, at present, only two flights including Jet Airways and Spice Jet operate from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry and vice versa and Kingfisher and a second flight of Spice Jet were withdrawn.

The Rajahmundry airport director, Mr Dhanamjaya Rao said, “We have made all arrangements to make the new terminal operational as per schedule.”

Fire authorities plan to develop fire stations located at Rajahmundry and Kakinada as model stations by spending an amount of nearly Rs.55 lakhs on each station in East Godvari district. A model fire station will have adequate number of brand new fire tenders, high-tech fire fighting equipment, spacious office space and more number of fire personnel.

As the Centre is sanctioning more funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to strengthen the fire stations, the autho-rities are planning to develop these two fire stations.

The fire personnel become very busy especially during summer as they receive more number of calls about fire mishaps especially from rural areas.

The authorities maintain that it gives them very less time to reach the mishap areas and extinguish the fi-re as mostly these mishaps occur in thatched houses.

Leakage from domestic gas stove or refill, burning kerosene lanterns, fire from hearths and mishandling explosive material are resulting in fire mis-haps causing loss of property and at times life. At present, the fire department is plagued with shortage of man power, inadequate equipment and poor funds.

The fire station in Rajahmundry is having a sanctioned strength of 40 fire personnel including fire officers. But there are 12 vacancies. Against the sanctioned strength of three fire tenders, it has only two and both of them are old vehicles. Though a fire ambulance is sanctioned to the station, it is not road worthy at present for want of regular maintenance and man power.

The fire station near Two Town police station in Rajahmundry and another near Bhanugudi centre at Kakinada will be developed as model stations. They will provide rooms for station fire officer, crew room, storage room to keep the fire fighting equipment and a garage to park the fire tenders.

Additional facilities proposed to be established include a classroom to teach tips on fire fighting and a conference hall to organise awareness programme on fire safety to the citizens. Fire authorities maintain that they will develop model stations on priority basis soon.

ONGC at Rajahmundry has distributed Rs 2.28 crore towards various corporate social responsibility activities in the districts of east and west Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr A.A. Khan, Executive Director – Asset Manager, ONGC, Rajahmundry Asset, said that according to the Union Government norms, ONGC spends 2 per cent of its profits on CSR activities.

Included in the activities were distribution towards class room furniture, construction of additional class rooms and toilets, drinking water facilities, equipment for schools.

Village amenities, like community hall, reverse osmosis plants including borewell, power supply to Gudavalli, Mosalapalli, Antarvedi, Mattaparru villages, etc.

Rajahmundry(AP), Jun 27 (PTI) East Godvari district Collector Neetu Prasad today said Rs 75 lakhs have been allocated to repair the cyclone and flood shelters in the district. Presiding over the flood committee meeting here to discuss measures to be taken in case of flood and cyclone, Prasad asked the concerned officials to prepare a comprehensive plan in this regard. She said Rs 50 lakhs have been allocated to repair cyclone shelters while Rs 25 lakhs for flood shelters in the district. She said they have already written to ONGC for release Rs 75 lakhs towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) to undertake works of cyclone and flood shelters in the district. "We have requested ONGC to release these funds to repair 22 cyclone and flood shelters in Kakinada and Amalapuram division and are expecting a response from them in a day or two," she said. After receiving the amount, the Panchayat Raj department will commence repair work of these shelters, she said. She also directed the road and buildings department officials to visit the weak culvert bridges and irrigation sources in the district and take all necessary repairs in view of rainy season. Meanwhile, 4,698 applications have been received for setting up of 416 liquor shops in Rajahmundry, the Collector said, adding that transparency has been maintained in issuance of license to liquor shops. PTI COR GK

The Rajahmundry asset of ONGC has achieved an all-time high oil production of 0.3038 million tonnes during 2011-12.

In terms of sale of gas produced, it recorded the highest at 1,343 mmscm (million metric standard cubic metres), according to P.K. Rao, Group General Manager- Asset Manager of the ONGC unit.

Speaking on the occasion of Independence Day at the base camp complex premises in Rajahmundry, he said the company had spent around Rs 2.3 crore towards corporate social responsibility initiatives such as laying/repair of roads and empowerment of SC/ST.

He complimented Sanjay Kumar, Chief Manager (Fire Services) who has been conferred National Award for best fire services personnel, a press release said.

The 200- year-old central jail here is getting a facelift soon with the government deciding to modernise central and some district jails and also implement prison reforms across the state.
An amount of Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned by the 13th finance commission for modernisation of jails, of which Rs 20 crore will go to the central prison at Rajahmundry. Under the plan, a new administrative block, other blocks and some others structures will come up on the prison premises.
The capacity of the jail will be increased to 2,000 inmates from the existing 1,460. As a part of the ongoing reforms, a petrol pump of the Indian Oil Corporation, to be operated by prisoners, is set for inauguration on September 24. It is estimated that it will do a daily business of Rs 7 lakh.
As many as 25 prisoners of the open air jail have been trained to work at the petrol pump. Sources said the prisons department was also contemplating to invite multi-national companies to start small units at the central jail.
At present, the central jail inmates are manufacturing steel almairahs, school dual desks, coir mats, coir ropes, towels, lungies, pillows etc and getting good response for their products.
Speaking to Express, deputy inspector-general of prisons (coastal region) A Narasimha said the central jail earned Rs 60 lakh last year by selling the products manufactured by prisoners. This year, the income is expected to grow because of the upcoming petrol pump, he added. Plans are afoot to restart a canteen manned by the prisoners, he said.
A district jail will come up at Eluru in West Godavari district, he said.
According to Narasimha, 4,000 prisoners are housed in the jails in Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. Only 39 sub-jails are functioning now out of the total 56 sub-jails in the seven districts, he said.

Rajahmundry: At last, the people of Rajahmundry who were facing traffic hurdles for several decades have a reason to cheer about as the flyover at the ILTD junction has been completed and would be inaugurated in a day or two. The Rajahmaundry town has been plagued by traffic problems, especially at the railway junction as the gate remains closed for hours together as trains pass through at frequent intervals daily.

Those who have to reach their offices and schools on time had to face immense hardships as they were stranded at the gate for long hours. Now, they have been relieved of the suffering as traffic would be streamlined.

The construction which was taken up five years ago was finally completed mainly due to the untiring efforts of local MP Undavalli Arun Kumar and MLA R Suryaprakash Rao at a cost of Rs 18 crore. In the process, it had to cross several hurdles at every stage, like land acquisition.

The people living in Balajipet, Bommuru, Ramakrishnanagar, and Hukumpet expressed their happiness over the completion of the over bridge while the traffic problem still persists for the people of Kotipally bus stand, Morumpudi junction, Tadikota and several other areas.
^^ Well done,the work was going on at a snail's pace but glad they have finished last. Claps Claps Claps:)

It’s Rajahmundry in coastal Andhra Pradesh now for Bharti Walmart.

The joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart Stores Inc in India, opened its fourth ‘Best Price’ wholesale store in Rajahmundry on Tuesday.

The outlet will create 170 direct jobs.

The joint venture already has stores in Vijayawada, Guntur and Hyderabad.

Its plan is to open 19 stores across India this year.

Arvind Mediratta, Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Walmart, inaugurated the store, which is spread over 53,000 square feet next to the ONGC Base Complex.


The store will stock over 5,000 items, including a wide range of fresh, frozen and chilled foods, fruits and vegetables, dry groceries, personal and home care items, electronic goods, and other general merchandise items.

In a press release the company said several products available have been locally sourced from Rajahmundry and surrounding areas including paper, snacks and confectionaries, dairy, frozen and bakery, personal care, tobacco.

Also, some of the private label items available in the store that are sourced locally includes pickles, rice, stationery, maida, besan, idli and dosa mix, atta, pulses, spices and ghee.
Government turns blind eye to Rajahmundry Airport
The government’s apathy has been hampering the development of the Rajahmundry Airport for two years. As per an MoU between the State government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the former has to provide land and other facilities free of cost.

Nothing of it has fructified. Due to non-availability of land and failure to get permission for the Aviation Obstruction Light (AOL), expansion of the runway and night landing facility have been stalled. The AAI has asked the government many a time to accord permission to erect the AOL at Korukonda, the abode of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, five kms from the airport. AOL is important for the night landing facility.

The temple and the hill are under the control of the Endowments Department and it has been mum for the last two years despite the fact that the AAI is ready to discuss with it the various details.

The AAI had proposed to expand the runway to 3,165 metres from the existing 1,749 metres. The expansion of runway facilitates landing of Code-D-Aircraft in the future and helps meet the increasing air traffic. 857 acres is needed for the expansion works of the airport. Officials tried to acquire land in Madhurapudi, Gummaluru and Burugupudi villages, but the process was stopped due to protests from villagers and the issue has been kept in abeyance. At present, the airport has 366 acres and accommodates only two aircraft. The daily passenger traffic is about 400. Spice Jet and Jet Airways operate two flights between Rajahmundry and Hyderabad.

The airport is gaining importance as many oil majors, chemical firms and other industries are located in East Godavari district, which is also a hub for education.

Speaking to TNIE, Airport director SVT Dhanamjaya Rao said everything was ready for night landing facility. “If the State government accords permission to install AOL on Korukonda hill, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will give permission for night landing of flights.” he said.

He also said the development of airport is linked to the expansion of runway and that they were waiting for the land. After getting land soil tests will be conducted to test the strength of soil for the landing of bigger aircraft. A new terminal was constructed at a cost of `50 crore.

Agitation to protect the historic monument, Havelock Bridge, began on Tuesday with hundreds of people gathering at Pushkar Ghat here to oppose the decision of Railway Board to auction the bridge.

The signature campaign, which was launched by a private news channel, was largely attended by leaders from different parties and organisations. V. Sankar, president of the Press Club, led the programme in which former minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Ganni Krishna (TDP), T.K. Visweswara Reddy (YSR Congress), R. Chandrakala (Loksatta Party), Arun (CPI-M), BJP urban president Kshatriya Balasubrahmanyam, president of Chamber of Commerce, Rajahmundry, Nandepu Srinivas, and A. Suresh, general manager, River Bay Hotel, participated.

Meanwhile, Andhra Kesari Yuvajana Samiti, which spearheaded many agitations earlier to protect the culture and heritage of Rajahmundry, decided to approach the court to protect the Havelock Bridge. Sannidhanam Sastry, president of samiti, told The Hindu that they wanted to adopt two-pronged strategy on this issue.

As part of it public interest litigation will be filed in High Court and public opinion will be gathered by conducting Round Table with a cross section of people and organisations, he said.

Rajahmundry: Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Pinepe Viswaroop said that a modern fish market at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore would come up here. He inaugurated the Jalaphuspa fish market building constructed with Rs 23 lakh at Jampeta fish market in the city on Thursday.

On this occasion, the Minister said that the new fish market with modern facilities would be constructed with funds from National Fisheries Development Board and the works would commence in the coming three months, if the corporation provides the site for this building and more funds would also be given if required.With regard to pollution that was affecting the fish in the Godavari, the minister said that to increase the fish in the Godavari, the Fisheries department would release required fish seed and the departments concerned would be asked to take measures for controlling the pollution.

Later, the minister laid foundation stones to BC hostel building at Y junction in the city to be constructed with Rs 1.22 core and Social Welfare Hostel building with Rs 80 lakh near Arts College. He also inaugurated the fish market at Quarry market constructed with Rs 43 lakh.

One thousand loans to each constituency. Minister Viswaroop said that 1,000 SC and BC beneficiaries would be given loans with 70 per cent subsidy in each Assembly constituency in the State soon. While attending as chief guest in connection with the unveiling of Dr Ambedkar statue at Simhachalnagar in the city, he said that SC,ST Sub Plan in the State has brought tremendous changes, the recent increasing of scholarships and the unit cost of the housing scheme were some of them he said adding that they were helping the SC, STs He further said that Bangaruthalli programme would also help the girl child in the State and both the Acts are first of its kind in the nation Rajahmundry MP Undavalli Arun Kumar asked the residents of Simhachalanagar to educate the children taking inspiration from the life and ideals of Dr Ambedkar. He also said that there was no possibility of diversion of funds allotted to SC, STs through the recent Act in the State. Rajahmundry city MLA Routhu Surya Prakasa Rao MLC Adireddy Apparao, Municipal Commissioner V Rajendra Prasad and others attended.

Rajahmundry: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is planning to start more courses like Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sale Management and Food Safety Management at Rajahmundry study centre, said Mr. S Raja Rao, regional director, IGNOU.

He was the chief guest at the inauguration of a study centre at the Government Arts College here on Wednesday. Mr Raja Rao said admissions were open to Masters programmes like MCA, M Com, MSW and MA in Rural Development, Tourism Management, English, Hindi, Philosophy, Gandhian Peace Studies, Education, Public Administration, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology and Gender and Development Studies through the university.

He further said the university was offering Degree courses like BCA, BA, B Com, BTS, and BPP. Post-Graduate Diploma and Certificate courses on Intellectual Property Rights, Cyber Laws, Paralegal Practices, Anti-Human Trafficking, Human Rights and Disaster Management were also being offered through the study centre at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, which would be useful to advocates and professionals.

He said the Rajahmundry study centre was the second in East Godavari district and more centres would be opened soon. The Rajahmundry centre offers courses like MBA in Finance, Marketing, HR, Operations and Financial Market Practice and Diploma in Nutrition and Health, Food and Nutrition. “IGNOU is offering 153 courses throughout the country and has international study centre in 43 countries. In India, it is having 67 regional centres and 3,380 study centres extending distance education facilities to the students,” he added.

Assistant regional directors Bhansidar Baraick and DG Anbalgan, Arts College principal Ch. Mastanaiah, State Information Centre assistant director M Francis, Heads of Departments Ch. Satyanarayana, Ramprasad, PC Naidu, NCC in-charge Venkat Rao were among others who attended.

Rajahmundry: An action plan to control sea erosion along the coast in Uppada-Kothapalli mandal of East Godavari is being taken up at a cost of Rs 135 crore. In total, 4.2 km will be covered under this programme for which ENC of Roads and Buildings department of AP has given consent.

The works once completed will end the five-decade ordeal of fisher folk along the sea coast and people living in the vicinity. It will also benefit vehicular traffic of industrial units along coast from Kakinada to Addaripeta and to Annavaram en route to Vizag.

More than 600 acres of land and about 200 houses were swallowed by the sea in the last five decades. After decades of representations, Rs 12 crore was sanctioned for this project in 2008 to control erosion on a trial basis.

Though the geo tube sea wall is expected to cover a distance of several kilometres, the irrigation department which was entrusted with the execution of works could complete the works for only 1.4 km.

Though expected to be completed in a year it took almost three years to finish. On noticing successful control of erosion in the first phase, the second phase was entrusted to R and B department.

After conducting fresh studies, it was decided to take up the second phase by splitting into geo tube sea wall for 2.3 km at a cost of Rs 60 crore and tetra pods mode (big cement concrete boulders} for the remaining 1.9 km at a cost of Rs 75 crore.

As in the first phase, authorities are seeking technical expertise from the department of Oceanography of IIT Chennai and from the Central Water Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune for second phase works.

The R and B divisional engineer entrusted with the execution of Rs 135 crore project, T.V. Ram Mohana Rao said that as the project was cleared by ENC they expect early release of funds in a month or two and hope to compete the project in two years.
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