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    Swachh 2018 team arrives in city to check on sanitation

    TNN | Feb 17, 2018, 02:00 IST
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    Visakhapatnam: A six-member central observation team, as part of Swachh Survekshan 2018, has arrived in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. The team checked the documents pertaining to the progress in implementing various components of the Swachh Bharat Mission at the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation office.

    Later, the central team split into two to visit various public places to assess the sanitation condition. While one team went to Zone-I, the other team inspected various public places in Zone-II. The teams covered Arilova, Pineapple Colony, MVP Colony, Pedawaltair Rythu Bazaar, Shivaji Park, Ushodaya Junction and other places on Thursday. According to a GVMCofficial, the document verification process might continue for another two days. They will also seek feedback from denizens on the cleanliness of the city and Swachh Bharat initiatives, he said.

    GVMC is continuing its awareness campaign on citizen feedback. On Thursday, an awareness programme was conducted at BVK College. GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan called upon the public to participate in the Swachh Survekshan 2018. “People’s participation is vital in keeping the city clean,” said Hari Narayanan.








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      Vizag towers above others in Swachh Survekshan feedback

      Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Feb 22, 2018, 03:24 IST Visakhapatnam: The city has risen to the top spot in the country in the ‘Citizen Feedback’ component of Swachh Survekshan-2018 by getting well over 1 lakh responses from locals till Wednesday.

      The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is optimistic that Vizag will hold on to the first place in this segment as South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which was in first place till two weeks ago, was relegated to the second position by Vizag by a slender margin of over 3,000 responses from residents.

      While SDMC secured only about 4,000 responses in the last two weeks, Vizag performed tremendously by garnering about 47,000 responses during the same period.

      Several major cities of the country are trailing Vizag by a huge margin, such as Indore (67,550 responses), Bhopal (47,328), Tiruchirapalli (57,919), and Jaipur (34,113). Metro cities such as Greater Mumbai (14,637), Chennai (9,007), Kolkata (775) and Bangalore (2,441) were nowhere near the top.

      The Swachh Survekshan 2018 dedicates 1,400 marks (or 35% weightage) to citizens’ feedback out of the total 4,000 marks, making it a crucial part of the survey. The efforts of the civic body as well as the ‘Love Vizag’ campaign taken up by the residents of the city propelled the city in terms of number of responses.

      The love among Vizagites for their city was apparent last year too with the city bagging third rank in the Swachh Survekshan-2017. eIt was Vizagites’ love for their city which earned the ‘3rd cleanest city of the country’ in Swachh Survkeshan 2017. Well over a lakh residents submitted feedback for the Swachh survey last year, making Vizag the city with the highest number of responses as the survey got only 37 lakh resposes from all 434 cities of the country.

      GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan explained how the public can submit their feedback through various ways. “Besides Swachh Survekshan and Swachhata app, residents can submit their feedback on the toll-free number #1969. More than 1 lakh Vizagites have participated in the 2017 survey and this time we are hoping for feedback from about 2 lakh residents,” he said.

      Centurion University vice-chancellor and Swachh Visakha Brand Ambassador Prof GSN Raju is hopeful of Vizag city getting first rank in SS 2018.

      “It has been a 360-degree transformation of Vizag city from the 205th rank in the 2015 survey to 5th rank in the 2016 survey to 3rd rank in 2017 survey. As feedback plays a key role in the survey, we visited several colleges and public places and requested the public to participate in the survey. This fetched fairly good results. March 10 is the last date to submit citizen feedback,” said Prof GSN Raju.

      The number of responses garnered from Vizagites as of Wednesday is manifold compared to any other major city of Andhra Pradesh such as Vijayawada (42,369 responses), Tirupati (17,606), Rajahmundry (16,014) and Kakinada (10,106).

      GVMC has planned to send a total of 15 lakh bulk SMSes in a phased manner, requesting residents of the city to participate in the survey. From creating videos and setting up hoardings across the city on Swachh Bharat Mission, Swachh Survekshan, and citizen feedback components, the civic body is leaving no stone unturned towards achieving first rank in this year’s survey.






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        GVMC to revamp sewerage network in Smart City area

        Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 23:11 IST
        Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to augment its sewerage network in the area-based development (ABD) part of the city under the Smart City Mission.

        Besides revamping the existing network and filling the gaps, the Jalaripeta area will get a new sewerage network. In all, about 3,017 houses will be brought into the underground drainage network fold. A detail study, carried out by the GVMC, has identified around 8.6 kilometres of missing links within the ABD area.

        On the other hand, 7.5 kilometres of new sewerage network will be laid in the Jalaripeta area. While 70 per cent of the households in the area are connected to the sewerage system, the remaining 30 per cent are under the existing storm water network, which is discharged into the sea.

        The two existing sewerage treatment plants in the ABD area — the 25 MLD STP near Appughar and 38 MLD STP near Lakshmi Talkies — remain underutilised as the current inflow of sewerage into both the STPs is about 19 MLD each. Both the plants have secondary treatment facilities with extended aeration process.

        With the existing treatment technology, the quality of the treated water is not suitable for industrial needs. As a result, the treated sewerage effluent is let out into the sea. Now, both the STPs will be technologically upgraded to match up with the treated water quality requirements of industries as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) standards. These two plants will also be completely automated with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operating system with sensors and other measures to determine quantitative and qualitative parameters of influent, effluent etc.

        A GVMC senior official informed that “the project will fill all the gaps in sewerage network of wards 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the city so that the households which were left out of the network will be also be connected to it”. The pumping stations at Pandurangapuram and Shanti Ashramam will also be upgraded to serve the upgraded STPs. The nearly 1 km sewerage gravity line from Durgalamma temple to the 38 MLD STP will also be replaced, he said.







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          Clean Vizag impresses foreign delegates

          Sulogna Mehta| TNN | Feb 26, 2018, 03:12 IST
          Visakhapatnam: “Vizag is a clean city with some pretty beaches. I stay in Chennai for my work, which is also a clean place. But I must say that Vizag is cleaner, especially its beaches and roads.” Such compliments for the port city are not one-off — visitors from other states and countries have more or less said the same things about Vizag many times before — but when such praise comes from a Japanese delegate, it assumes significance. After all, Japan is known to be one of the cleanest countries in the world.

          Not just the city, the local cuisine too has become a favourite of Noritada Hayashi. “It’s much like what we eat in Japan. Here too, people eat rice and fish. I have not faced any problems with the food here though it’s a bit spicy,” he says. Hayashi is from Tokyo, and currently works in Chennai as director of Jetro, an external trade organisation of the Japan government.

          The cleanliness of the city has also not escaped the eyes of George O’Neal from California. “During my drive to the hotel from the airport, I found Vizag to be a clean and green city. There’s no much natural beauty around, there are hills, forests and seas. Driving on the roads back home in California is a nice experience, and it’s a similar feel when you drive on Vizag roads. Moreover, I am really loving Indian and Andhra food,” says George, co-founder of Karman Inc, who is on his first visit to the City of Destiny.

          Another delegate, Steel Lee from South Korea, who is the director of Daeha Co, was also struck by the city’s cleanliness. “It’s a good place for business. After the conference, we hope to do some sightseeing around the city and will go to the beaches. We are also interested in setting up our manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh,” said Lee.

          The Spanish delegation went for a walk on the beaches soon after their arrival and found them “very nice”.

          Thanks to the local administration for rigorously following Swachhta, for hundreds of foreign delegates present at the three-day CII Partnership Summit, it’s been a pleasant experience being in a clean and green Indian city.









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            GVMC launches special drive to clear pending tax arrears

            Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Updated: Feb 25, 2018, 11:43 IST
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            VISAKHAPATNAM: With the fiscal coming to a close, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has launched a special drive to clear long-pending tax dues. The civic body has issued 6,000 notices, 700 warrants and 2,000 notices to the residents for sealing properties. Going a step forward, it has also been setting up their signboards on land of owners who have not paid their vacant land taxes.

            Out of Rs 222 crore property tax in 2017-18 fiscal, the GVMC could collect Rs 194 crore till date. While, it could only collect about Rs 19 crore of the demand of Rs 30 crore water tax. When it comes to property taxes, GVMC has been collecting 95% of the targeted tax each year. But that is not the case with water taxes. Despite spending Rs 48 crore per annum on electricity to pump water from reservoirs, GVMC has been lagging in household water tax collections. In the last three years, it could only recover about 50% of the amount.

            In the 2016-17 fiscal, the corporation has succeeded in collecting only about Rs 25 crore as opposed to the annual target of Rs 48 crore. From the corresponding periods’ tax collection in 2015-16 and 2014-15, the GVMC has Rs 33 crore and Rs 28 crore water tax arrears to collect in 2017-18 financial year.

            According to a senior GVMC official, they have started disconnecting water supply to those residents, who have not responded to their notices for years in a row. “After water supply was discontinued, we have collected Rs 6 crore from tax evaders in the last 10 days. Collection of water tax has improved this year. However, we are still making adjustments in the revenue generated from water taxes and conducting field visits to weed out anomalies in the type of water connections,” said the official.

            Despite the encouraging property tax collections, about 70% people have not been paying their vacant land taxes. Now, the GVMC is installing ownership boards in those vacant lands to make the owners fall in line and pay their dues.

            “We want to collect 100% taxes by March 15, even though the last date is March 31. We want to ensure that there are no tax dues in 2018-19 fiscal,” said a GVMC revenue official.








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              City to get more bus bays equipped with ACs, toilets and drinking water

              TNN | Feb 26, 2018, 02:44 IST
              Guntur: The Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is planning to construct air-conditioned city bus bays at all busy junctions. Buoyed with the success of the first AC city bus bay launched in Lakshmipuram junction, the GMC has decided to go for similar projects across the city.

              At least 10 more bus bays with all basic amenities, including clean toilets and seating facilities will be made available in the next 2-3 months.

              Special officer of GMC and district collector Kona Sasidhar directed the city planning wing to identify suitable sites for construction of the bus bays. The project will be taken up under PPP mode. The private player, which will invest in the construction, will be allowed to profit through billboards to be set up on the top of the bus bays.

              The city bus station will have at least 30-40 seats in the air-conditioned room. Mineral water and mobile charging facilities will also be available free of cost. The bus bay will also have an ATM. Reviewing the progress of city developmental works with all the senior officials late on Saturday night, district collector asked the engineering officials to put the road development works on a fast-track. He asked the GMC and R&B engineers to complete the main roads on priority basis. Nandivelugu road, Etukuru road, Koritapadu road, Amaravati road, Lalupuram road and Ponnur road would be completed in the first phase.

              The collector asked the traffic police to take steps to prevent the movement of heavy vehicles on Nandivelugu road in order to complete the road widening and ROB project works.









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                Seven lakh houses for poor to be built by 2019 in Andhra Pradesh: P Narayana

                The minister observed that in the first phase of construction, over 35,000 units would be inaugurated by March 24.TNN | February 26, 2018, 12:00 IST

                VISAKHAPATNAM: State minister for urban development P Narayana urged officials of the district of Vizianagaram to lay their focus on constructing affordable houses for the underprivileged in the next 15 months.

                During a visit to Saripalli village on an inspection tour, the MAUD minister observed that the state government had identified that there was a need to construct over eight lakh houses for the poor and added that close to seven lakh units would be built in the next 15 months.

                The minister observed that in the first phase of construction, over 35,000 units would be inaugurated by March 24. He added that over 4,000 units had been allocated to the Vizianagaram district. The minister pointed out that the government would take on the mammoth task of constructing pucca housing with proper amenities within the next 15 months.

                The minister further added that the state government had ensured the allotment of 6,00,000 units from the Union government and pointed out that all the major urban development officials have been sent to different parts of the country to study the best models of construction and to use the best materials available, so that the poor would not be denied a quality home and life.









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                  Vizag could soon have its own Times Square

                  TNN | Feb 27, 2018, 02:22 IST
                  Visakhapatnam: If all goes well, the port city could soon have its own Times Square — much like the dazzling, upscale commercial junction in New York. At least that’s what Vedanta Group’s deal with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board promises.

                  The MoU was signed here on Monday, the concluding day of the CII Partnership Summit. The project is expected to be spread over 350 acres with an estimated minimum investment of Rs 10,000 crore.

                  “For now, they are calling it the Vedanta Square. It will be a world-class city centre, modelled on New York city’s Times Square. It will have shopping malls, commercial spaces, five-star hotels, amusement centres etc,” J Krishna Kishore, chief executive officer (ex-officio secretary to government) of the AP Economic Development Board, told TOI. “The group wants to turn this into the country’s best infrastructure project. The final investment could well be a few billion dollars.”

                  Asked about the location of the square, Kishore said the group has already identified the area and will disclose it shortly. He, however, confirmed that the project will take off soon, sometime in 2018, much like Vedanta’s other project — a zinc smelter plant — for an initial investment of Rs 3,500 crore. The total investment promised by the Vedanta Group during the summit is around Rs 2,400 crore.

                  Also on the cards for Vizag is a gaming edu-tech centre, the blueprint of which will be ready by April. “Following the MoU that the EDB and education department of AP signed with Unesco, we have had several rounds of consultations with stakeholders regarding the project. Unesco is helping us get investors. We are trying to create an ecosystem that will allow start-ups and established players to co-exist,” said Kishore. “The project is in line with the CM’s vision of turning Vizag into a gaming hub. No other state has anything like this.”








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                    Vamsadhara-displaced on warpath,cry foul over lack of rehabilitation

                    Siva G| TNN | Mar 2, 2018, 00:14 IST
                    Visakhapatnam: Delay in granting house sites, youth packages, compensation to D patta landholders and involvement of middlemen in awarding compensation have often led to war of words between officials and displaced people of Vamsadharaproject for the last two years.

                    Residents of several villages have been vacated by the government without providing an alternative accommodation to them. The displaced persons were scattered to various places in the district. The district officials on the orders of the government evicted people from 19 villages in Hiramandalam, Kotturu and LNPeta mandals that would be submerged under the reservoir.

                    More than 7,000 families have been evacuated by the authorities and the evacuated families will have to be rehabilitated in 13 colonies, which are not completed yet. “Where can we go when the rehabilitation colonies have not been completed yet. Some of the displaced have not been given house pattas or compensation for their lands till now,” asked Poli Naidu of Duggupuram village. The authorities had taken more than 20 cents of his land including house site and estimated Rs 29 lakh as compensation April of last year. But, the money has not been paid till now.

                    Another farmer KA Naidu said that villagers of Gorlepadu have given their D patta lands to the authorities, who has showed them list of beneficiaries names, extent of land acquired and amount. But not a single rupee was paid to them even after 2 years. “Now, there is no proof at villagers as the pattas have been taken by the authorities. May be documents were prepared and money was taken away by fake beneficiaries,” a degree student of Kotturu P Anand said.

                    According to sources, around Rs 420 crore compensation package was placed for the displaced persons and distribution of rehabilitation package is on. Around 7,000 were considered as project displaced persons and another 5,000 were included in the relief package.

                    Human Rights Forum leader M Jagannadha Rao told TOI that the middlemen network had developed in the displaced areas. Genuine displaced persons were not getting the compensation and the list of the fake displaced in the youth package has been increased. Without recommendations of the politicians, the displaced are not getting their rehabilitation packages, he alleged. The HRF leader suggested to the district administration to sort out the lapses by addressing the grievances of the displaced by conveying an all-party meeting.

                    District collector K Dhanujaya Naidu said they would provide justice to all the displaced persons of the Vamsadhara project. To provide justice to them, the district administration is conducting a special grievance meeting on Saturday.








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                      Traffic-choked Vizag city to get bypass highway by 2020

                      V Kamalakara Rao| TNN | Updated: Mar 3, 2018, 11:20 IST
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                      VISAKHAPATNAM: Civil works on the much-awaited six-laning of the 51-km Anandapuram-Anakapalle road via Pendurthi are all set to begin by June, in a major thrust to the construction of a bypass highway that would skirt Vizag city altogether.

                      The ambitious project is expected to be finished by 2020, according to officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

                      The need for a bypass road was being felt for a long time as the Kolkata-Chennai NH-16 that runs through Vizag gets heavily congested in the city limits, particularly during rush hour when traffic comes to a crawl.

                      While the cost of the civil works will be around Rs 2,000 crores, the compensation amount for land that will be acquired by NHAI is estimated to be about Rs 300 crore.

                      Madhya Pradesh-based Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) will execute the mammoth project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana Scheme.

                      Confirming this to TOI, NHAI project director A Srinivasa Rao said DBL was finally awarded the six-laning of the 51-km long highway stretch. DBL will have to finish construction within 30 months from the date of starting the project.

                      Rao said another three months are required for completion of all formalities before beginning of the civil works, and added that they are tentatively hoping to start work by June, before the beginning the southwest monsoon.

                      NHAI sources said nearly 430 hectares are required for the widening of the road, and said nearly 90% of the land acquisition work has been completed so far.

                      Rao said nearly 120 hectares of the total 430 hectares is government land, so there is no need of compensation for the 120 hectares. Compensation is required only for the remaining land which comes to around 300 hectares.

                      NHAI sources said DBL is presently taking up expansion work on the Machilipatnam-Vijayawada highway. “DBL takes up works very promptly and completes projects within deadline,” said an NHAI officer.

                      Speaking to TOI, assistant commissioner of police (for traffic) K Prabhakar said the six-laning of NH-16 from Anandapuram to Anakapalle via Pendurthi will be a boon for commuters.

                      “This project will clear most of the traffic problems on the highway stretch in the city limits,” Rao said.

                      “While the vehicles coming from Srikakulam can be diverted at Anandapuram Junction to reach Anakapalle, the vehicles coming from Rajahmundry can be diverted at Anakapalle to Anandapuram without touching Vizag core city,” Rao said.








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