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- Vuda putting finishing touches to Rs 82 crore master-plan roads project Umamaheswara Rao | TNN | Aug 4, 2018, 00:35 IST
Visakhapatnam: Several master-plan roads, taken up by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority in recent times, are in their final leg of construction.
The urban development authority has embarked on the construction of these roads to provide a systematic transport network and better mobility in several suburbs of Visakhapatnam.
Most of the roads have been completed barring a few stretches which have been held up either due to litigation or over issues relating to transferable development rights.
Apart from Visakhapatnam district, Vuda is developing several master-plan roads in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. Stretching for about 28 km, the road projects were taken up with a budget of about Rs 82 crore.
A 110-metre stretch is yet to be laid on the 100-feet master-plan road from Yendada to Rushikonda via Gitam University. The 2.8 km road project is being developed at a budget of about Rs 11 crore. Work is almost completed on the 80-feet master-plan road from the national highway to Navodaya School. Revamping of the road network from Law College to Rushikonda in Phase-II is being taken up with Rs 4.9 crore. The works on this 100-feet road are nearing the finish line. Works were recently kicked off on the 80-feet master plan road connecting Mithilapuri Vuda Colony Road to Law College Road.
A senior Vuda official said tenders were finalised for the 100-feet master plan road from Kurmannapalem Arch to Duvvada Railway Station. “A survey is going on before launching the works on this road. Vuda has recently obtained in-principle approval from the forest department for the widening of the 1.6 km Visakha Valley Road connecting the national highway to Vizag-Bheemili Road. After receipt of the compliance report on the stipulated conditions, the proposals will be considered for final approval,” said the official. About 70% works on the 100-feet road, which involve strengthening and widening from Mithalapuri Colony to Hairtha Junction, have been concluded.
Vuda officials have also planned a 60-feet road in Anakapalle from the arch on the national highway to the RTC Complex road via Nukalamma temple. In Vizianagaram, a total of 6.6 km length of roads will be developed and 4-km road works were completed. The project has been taken up with a budget of Rs 19 crore. Work on a 3.1 km road with a budget of Rs 9.5 crore was launched in Srikakulam and 70% of the work has already been finished, officials said.
- Govt orders CID probe into illegal mining in Gurazala Samdani MN | TNN | Aug 16, 2018, 03:30 IST
Guntur: In a major development, the state government has ordered a CID probe into the illegal mining scandal in Gurazala constituency. The cases registered by the local police will now be transferred to CID. The government asked the DGP to take necessary steps including constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case by the CID.
The government took the decision to handover the investigation to CID following a report sent by the district collector who confirmed the massive theft of natural resources from Gurazala area. The issue of illegal mining took a serious turn only after Hyderabad High Court rapped the state administration for its failure to act tough against those involved in the loot. High court came down heavily on the state government during the hearing of a PIL two weeks ago and directed the senior officials for personal appearance. With high court taking up the issue for hearing again on August 21, the state government has started damage control measures.
The government placed the deputy director of mines and geology, R Paparao and assistant director B Jagannatha Rao under suspension. The government said that the officials have failed to contain the illegal mining in their jurisdiction. Although, the deputy director Paparao is a supervisory official, he faced the axe for holding the additional charge of assistant director (vigilance).
The government was left with no option but to crack the whip as the petitioners in the case have submitted the documentary evidence including the satellite images to expose the volume of the loot of the natural resources.
Realising the seriousness of the issue, the district collector Sasidhar got all the authorized and unauthorized quarries in three mandals-Gurazala, Piduguralla and Dachepalle surveyed and readied a comprehensive report. The district collector, in his report to the government, had admitted that over 31 lakh tonnes of limestone, mosaic white stone was illegally shipped out of the area. With the district collector finding the field officials at fault, the government had sacked the mines department assistant director and deputy director with immediate effect.
Sources said that at least five tehsildars, five mandal parishad developmental officers and eight village revenue officers would also face the musing in the next few days. The district administration had already issued notices to the officials seeking their explanation for failing to act against the illegal miners when they worked in Piduguralla, Gurazala and Dachepalle in the last five years.
- Greater Visakhapatnam civic body sees a surge in tax collections this fiscal
The corporation has set a target of collecting about Rs 300 crore property tax, against last year’s collectible demand of Rs 260 crore, through new assessments and revision of tax structure for some householdsUmamaheswara Rao | TNN | August 17, 2018, 13:00 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has realised about Rs 120 crore property tax, including vacant land tax, as of Friday compared to about Rs 97 crore from the corresponding period of 2017-18 financial year.
This represents a nearly 23 per cent increase in collections. The corporation has set a target of collecting about Rs 300 crore property tax, against last year’s collectible demand of Rs 260 crore, through new assessments and revision of tax structure for some households. For the same, the GVMC wants to make the most through regular collection process rather than pressing its machinery into special tax collection drives at the end of September and March cycles.
R Somannarayana, deputy commissioner (revenue), said about 11,000 new assessments have been added to their tax net this year. “We have renewed our focus on strengthening the tax collection system and made the collection process a continuous, rigorous exercise rather than limiting it to a few months,” said Somannarayana.
The GVMC, due to its aggressive tax collection drive in the 2017-18 fiscal, collected about Rs 32 crore more property tax than the earlier year. Out of the collectible demand of Rs 260 crore, the corporation realised nearly Rs 247 crore last year, which is a record of sorts. Now, the GVMC wants to continue the momentum and reach its Rs 300 crore target. The civic body had issued about 6,000 notices, 700 warrants and 2,000 property-sealing notices to residents of the city last financial year.
In recent times, the civic body has been exploring various options to increase its revenue collection instead of going for tax hikes. Now, the civic body is in the process of generating GIS-based maps of urban properties and settlements located in Vizag city, totalling to about 5 lakh assessments. This exercise will also include geo-coding of property linked to each assessment with details of property, water, trade and advertisement taxes, unassigned properties, vacant lands and government properties. This is expected to arrest the revenue leakages of the civic body.
- Flood-proof: Govt to build 84km protection wall along Vamsadhara in Srikakulam dist V Kamalakara Rao | TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 00:08 IST
Visakhapatnam: The frequent inundation of crops and villages along river Vamsadhara in Srikakulam district during rainy season may come to an end soon.
Taking serious note of the flooding over the last few years in the region, the state government recently sanctioned a Rs 1,000 crore project, in which a concrete flood protection wall will be constructed along the banks of the river, right from its head at Battili to its tailend at Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district.
The river originates in Odisha and meets the sea at Kalingapatnam beach in Andhra Pradesh. The total length of the river is 254 kilometres. In AP, it travels 84 kilometres before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.
M Surendra Reddy, superintending engineer at Vamsadhara major irrigation project, told TOI the decision was taken to prevent the inundation of villages and agriculture crops along the river in the district.
The villages and crops along the river generally get flooded if the water level of the river is between 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh cusecs.
“To prevent such situations in future and to protect the villages and crops from getting inundated, the flood protection wall is planned,” Reddy said.
He further said that tenders have already been awarded for the civil works, while the process of land acquisition is currently going on. “We expect the work to begin in the next two months, and are hopeful that the project would be ready by March 2020. Inundation of villages and crops along river Vamsadhara will end once and for all once the construction work ends. The protection wall can withstand up to 4 lakh cusecs of flood water,” Reddy added.
The funds for the project would be completely borne by the state government and there would be no contribution from the Centre. “It is a non-plan project so there will be no financial support from the Centre.
The flood wall work requires manpower and machinery. Most of the works would be done during the summer or post monsoon season,” Reddy added.
According to officials, 270mm is the maximum average rainfall in Srikakulam. Normal monthly rainfall of the district is around 190-200mm during monsoon seasons. The farmers who reside along the river mostly depend on paddy crop, which is usually in its tender stage in the month of August. Flooding at this stage causes huge losses for them.
- LIG plot prices in Dakamarri may be decided by Andhra Pradesh govt
Earlier, in 2016, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority had priced a square yard of the LIG plot at Rs 6,000. But due to surge in land prices in the ensuing years, it is now unfeasible to sell off the plots at the earlier rateUmamaheswara Rao | TNN | September 02, 2018, 11:05 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) is contemplating on writing to the state government to seek clarity on the prices of the LIG plots at “Fortune Hills” in Dakamarri. Earlier, in 2016, Vuda had priced a square yard of the LIG plot at Rs 6,000. But due to surge in land prices in the ensuing years, it is now unfeasible to sell off the plots at the earlier rate as the minimum price in the area now is Rs 9,000, based on the sub-registrar records.
Vuda officials unsuccessfully pursued the matter with the registration department. It was learnt that they later approached the principal secretary of municipal administration Karikal Valaven, who said that only the state government can take a final call on the matter.
Vuda released the much-awaited notification, inviting applications from the general public, for allotment of the plots in April this year and planned to conduct a lottery in May. But it was postponed due to being unable to reach a consensus on the pricing. There are 162 LIG plots measuring about 29,480 square yards in this layout. In its notification, Vuda mentioned that the price will be between Rs 6,000 and Rs 9,000 based on sub-registrar’s office rate.
A Vuda senior official said that they will write a letter to the state government on the advice of Valaven. “The final pricing will depend on the government’s decision,” said the official.
The layout was developed as a joint venture in about 98 acres. The total plotted area is about 57.3 acres — about 58.5% of the net area. The first round of plots in the layout went under the hammer in 2016.
The state government declared the reservation percentage for the LIG plots in the layout. Two percent of the plots have been earmarked for defence and BSF personnel, 16% for SCs, 6% for STs, 11% for BCs, 2% for freedom fighters, 2% for differently abled persons, etc. In total 51% of the plots are available under the open category.
- Groundwater levels see a dip in Visakhapatnam dist TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 03:42 IST
Visakhapatnam: While the groundwater was considerably recharged in many parts of the state, the groundwater table in Visakhapatnam district still remained on the lower side compared to September 2017.
This was primarily attributed to the dry spell during the first two months of southwest monsoon in the district. Even though the district witnessed a good spell of rains in August, it could help the district only to some extent. The water levels in the district has now reached 7 metres range, which reflects a 0.6 metre dip compared to last September.
In some areas of the district, the water level decreased by as much as 10 metres. For instance, the water level in Atchutapuram has now dropped to 22.3 m from 12.5 m in September 2018. Same is the situation in many parts in and around Vizag city. The water level in Edatam near Payakaraopeta now stands at 13.3 m against 5.4 m last year. Parawada is the most-affected with the groundwater level dipping to 18.3 m compared to 10.3 m in September 2017.
Apart from the decreased rainfall, exploitation of water resources and increased constructional activity has been leading to this phenomenon. The other mandals/areas that witnessed a drop in the ground water levels include Rolugunta, Sabbavaram, Nakkapalli, Gajuwaka, Kotauratla, and Kasimkota.
Visakhapatnam district registered about 542 cm rainfall against the normal of 554 as of date from the start of the southwest monsoon. Anantapur district fared well when it came to groundwater recharging this year in Andhra Pradesh as the average water level now stands at 20.3 m against 25 m during the same period last year. The groundwater levels have shot up by about 1 m in Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts.
Despite the decreased groundwater table in Vizag, Yeleru reservoir gradually filling to its brim can be a blessing in disguise for the residents of Vizag city. For the first time after five years, it touched the 82.5 metres range in September itself.
A GVMC official said they expect a smooth summer this year as the water levels in Yeleru are sufficient to sail through the summer. “There will be likely no need of dead storage pumping this year. We hope the reservoir reach its full capacity of 86 metres by October-November,” the official added.
- Soon, alternative road to Gopalapatnam will ease traffic snarls at NAD junction TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 02:37 IST
Visakhapatnam: All decks were cleared for the alternative road proposed between Gopalapatnam to the national highway, via Laxmi Nagar, with the ministry of defence according ‘working permission’ to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) agreeing to part ways with their land for an alternative land for this road project.
Nearly three km detour was proposed about six year ago as a measure to ease the traffic at the busy NAD junction. The commuters from Gopalapatnam route can avoid the NAD junction with the proposed road. But the project didn’t made any progress due to the land issue.
The alternative road is expected to ease about 20-25% traffic near NAD Junction. A 1,562 square metres of defence land in the NSTL campus has been acquired by the GVMC. In exchange, an equal amount of land has been provided to the NSTL at an alternative location adjoining the NSTL campus. Documents to this effects were exchanged between the NSTL and GVMC and district officials on Saturday.
Vizag West MLA PVGR Naidu (Gana Babu), who aggressively pursued the project, said that the road works will be likely completed by this December. “The road will help reduce the traffic burden on the NAD junction. We were finally successful in getting the required approvals from the defence ministry through our continuous efforts,” said Naidu. The ever increasing traffic congestion at NAD Kotha Road has turned into a nightmare for the commuters. With the traffic coming to a standstill on a continuous basis, particularly in the mornings and evenings, it takes many green signals for the motorists to cross this busiest stretch of the city.
Even though the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) has embarked on construction of a multi-level grade separator (flyover) at the NAD junction a few months ago, it is expected to take two years before completion. With the ongoing flyover construction works, the traffic travails had further increased at this junction.
At this juncture, if the alternative becomes operational in the next few months, it will greatly help the commuters of the area.
- Traffic cops mull over intelligent system to decongest city roads TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 02:47 IST
Vijayawada: Traffic police in the city are planning to follow Intelligent Traffic Management Systems (ITMS) to decongest city roads.
The new intelligent system, which is being implemented successfully in Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, is expected to be installed soon as the city traffic managers have already sent their proposals to the state government.
The city has been facing problems for many years with three national highways passing through it and covering around 111 km in the city limits- which is the second highest in the country after Delhi. Apart from national highways, about 52 km of state highways are also passing through the city.
Nearly 43,700 vehicles from outside are coming to Vijayawada every day. Being the biggest in Asia, the Auto Nagar area gets about 3,000 lorries any day for repairs and other purposes. This is excluding the local city vehicles as the entire traffic goes through the city in the absence of an outer ring road or a proper bypass road.
The vehicular traffic has increased many folds especially after the city was made part of the capital region with the influx of people from other areas.
However, the urban traffic infrastructure was not developed with the same speed, resulting in traffic woes in the city. The ongoing infrastructure projects also add up to the present traffic problems. The existing traffic infrastructure takes a hit with the ongoing infrastructure works like Kanaka Durga flyover, Benz Circle flyover and expansion of NH-65 works, which are forcing the traffic cops to sweat out every day to regulate the traffic.
Traffic managers decided on the system to end the traffic problems.
- Yamaraj creates traffic awareness in Vizag Siva G | TNN | Sep 14, 2018, 20:00 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakha city cops came up with a unique campaign in the city for the past two days to create awareness about traffic rules, especially benefits of using helmet. They deployed two persons dressed up as Yamaraj, the god of death, and his assistant Chitragupta, who intercepted motorists and warned them of visiting their homes if they violated traffic rules on Friday. They even took the help of Lord Ganesh on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturdhi. A person in Lord Ganesha attire was seen driving the motorbike with helmet.
By the statistics, 28 people without helmets are losing their lives in the accidents in every one hour across the country. So traffic cops tried to explain the motorists through Yamaraj and Chitragupta about how the people will suffer even in Yamaloka after death and requested them to wear helmets. Traffic cops organised it at Gurudwara Junction, Maddilapalem and other areas. On Thursday, Madhurawada Traffic Cops deployed Lord Ganeshs for the assignment at Hanumanthawaka area.
The traffic wing Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police M Ramesh Kumar said that on the midnight of Thursday, Ganesh Charturdhi, a motorist with triple riding hit a pedestrian on beach road. Pedestrian and one of the Pillion riders received serious head injuries and hospitalized while the rider was killed in the accident. He urged the parents to see that their wards should wear helmets with valid licenses and avoid driving of their minor children.
- 200 private players evince interest in VMRDA IT project Umamaheswara Rao | TNN | Sep 15, 2018, 00:09 IST
Visakhapatnam: More than 200 private players, including top information technology giants of the country, have evinced interest in the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s proposed Information Technology City (IT City) project in Madhurawada.
As per the concept master plan, total 22 lakh square feet built-up area will be created in this project, including an iconic IT tower and IT space, commercial and social space (malls, star hotels, theatres, club houses, etc.) and residential space (apartment complexes and premium villas). However, the VMRDA has been treading carefully before launching the project, which would bring fortune for them. Despite the initial opposition against their proposal of floating a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for this project, the VMRDA insisted on the SPV, which would limit their liability in the project and further insulate them from the unending claims. The state government has now approved the SPV proposal. The VMRDA also stressed on 100 per cent rental guarantee from the government for the project, though the proposal was rejected twice earlier. Consequently, the VMRDA decided to take 100 per cent investment from the private partner for the project.
VMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner P Basanth Kumar said they are expecting a government order to float an SPV for the IT City project in the next week or so. VMRDA has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government during the Partnership Summit 2018 in Visakhapatnam to facilitate the project, which will expectedly cater to the needs of residents in Madhurawada and neighbouring areas.
- 320 houses inaugurated in city
VISAKHAPATNAM, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 00:00 IST
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 04:25 IST
Paucity of government land slows down pace of construction, says Collector
District Collector Pravin Kumar on Saturday inaugurated 320 houses constructed under the NTR Special Urban Housing Scheme at Alluri Sitarama Raju Nagar in Malkpapuram. The houses were constructed in G+3 at a cost of Rs. 16 crore.
Addressing a meeting on the occasion, Mr. Pravin Kumar said, of the 35,000 houses sanctioned so far, work began on 15,000 units.
In the next two to three years, one lakh houses would be constructed. However, with paucity of government land, housing could not be completed in time, he said.
Once the land-pooling scheme was completed, construction would gain momentum, he said.
Those who did not get houses under the scheme would get them in the units being constructed on the hill, he said. He congratulated Government whip P.G.V.R. Naidu for his efforts in getting housing to the eligible. Mr. Naidu, who presided, said plans were on the anvil to construct 8,000 housing units in Visakhapatnam West constituency at the rate of 700 houses in each ward.
The houses inaugurated would be allotted on lottery basis, and the applicants should credit Rs. 10,000 each in the Malkapuram branch of Andhra Bank.
Mr. Pravin Kumar inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the Housing Corporation employees on the occasion of Engineers Day, the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. The camp was organised to meet the need for platelets after incidence of dengue in the city.
Housing Corporation director Prasad and other employees participated.
- Navy undertakes mega beach cleanup campaign
VISAKHAPATNAM, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 00:00 IST
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 04:25 IST
Eco-friendly:Family members of Naval personnel and others cleaning the RK Beach on Saturday.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK
Over 3,500 naval personnel and others take part in it
A massive beach cleanup operation was taken up by the Eastern Naval Command here on Saturday.
The programme, organised as part of the 33rd International Coastal Cleanup Day evoked an encouraging response from schoolchildren and others. It was organised for the seventh consecutive year. A record number of over 3,500 naval personnel, defence civilians, their families, Kendriya Vidyalaya children and NCC cadets took part at major waterfronts of Visakhapatnam.
The drive was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in Chief, Eastern Naval Command at R.K. Beach in the presence of P. Basanth Kumar, Metropolitan Commissioner and M. Hari Narayanan, GVMC Commissioner. All the participants were divided into 14 groups and cleaned various locations at R.K. Beach, Tenneti Park, Yarada, Rushikonda and INS Kalinga.
- Govt to conduct town planning forum on Fridays
Visakhapatnam: The state government has decided to conduct 'Town Planning Open Forum’ on every Friday in all urban local bodies and urban development authorities, which also cover the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority. The state government has brought out several reforms in the town planning over the year, including online building permissions, delegation of powers to various functionaries to speed up the service delivery, introduction of Request Transfer System for transparent resolution issue, etc.
Now, the state government expects that the ‘Town Planning Open Forum’ will fast-track its town planning grievance management mechanism further and increase public satisfaction. The government has also outlined objectives of the forum, acting as a pre-consultation centre for developers, investors and licensed technical persons, acting as a grievance redressal mechanism in town planning matters, uniform applicability/interpretation of rules, etc.
The Municipal Commissioner/Metropolitan Commissioner concerned along with the town planning section head and staff will be available in the forum.
- After door-to-door survey, GVMC plans medical camps
VISAKHAPATNAM, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 00:00 IST
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 04:06 IST
Whither hygiene:Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan inspecting the poor sanitary conditions at the stormwater drain at Gavara Kancharapalem in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
Special focus on city slums; screening test will be conducted for viral fevers
After the massive door-to-door survey undertaken as part of the drive to curb mosquito menace, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) authorities have decided to conduct medical camps in its limits, especially in the areas from which rampant incidence viral fevers was reported.
According to the officials, 5.97 lakh households were covered during the two-day door-to-door survey against the targeted 5.8 lakh until Sunday and 31,600 houses were found locked. The spillover of the exercise continued on Monday.
As many as 19,600 mosquito breeding points were identified during the drive, a majority of those inside houses or the nearby areas or on the terraces. The mosquito larvae were destroyed and preventive measures were taken. The survey revealed that despite a series of campaigns, the citizens are yet to be fully aware of the importance of keeping their surroundings clean by regularly checking for water stagnation or emptying the stored water, said an official of GVMC.
Now, the civic body, the official said, would organise medical camps in the areas where rampant incidence of viral fevers are reported, mostly in the slums.
Screening tests for malaria and typhoid will be performed at the camps. If there are any symptoms of dengue, the preliminary screening will be done at the nearest Chief Ministers Health Centre. Medicines will also be distributed at the camps, the GVMC official said.
At a meeting with the officials here on Monday, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan discussed the outcomes of the two-day survey. The programme was successful and the citizens were educated about the seasonal diseases, he said.
As many as 5,000 Sadhikara Mitras and other workers of the civic body carried out the surveillance under the supervision of 500 officials.
Drains to be cleaned
The dates and location of hospitals for the medical camps will be announced soon. ASHA workers and Sadhikara Mitras will convey the details to the citizens people and ensure the smooth conduct of the camps, Mr. Hari Narayanan said.
The clearing of stormwater drains is also being taken up simultaneously. During his morning visit on Monday, the Municipal Commissioner instructed the officials to clean up the Gavara Kancharapalem storm water drain in two days and address to the issues pertaining to the poor sanitation caused by the cattle there.
- 3 zones in city make up for 62% of its breeding areas V Kamalakara Rao
Three out of eight zones in Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) were found to have the highest number of breeding sources for mosquitoes. Zones 1, 4 and 6 together make up 62% of the total mosquito breeding sources across the city as identified by civic staff.
| TNN | Sep 26, 2018, 10:32 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: Three out of eight zones in Greater VisakhapatnamMunicipal Corporation (GVMC) were found to have the highest number of breeding sources for mosquitoes. Zones 1, 4 and 6 together make up 62% of the total mosquito breeding sources across the city as identified by civic staff.
Zone 6 was identified as having the highest number of breeding sources – 22.02% while Bheemili zone was identified as having the lowest number of breeding sources, with just 3.2%.
The findings emerged after the conclusion of a two-day mass surveillance drive on controlling vector-borne diseases in the city.
The drive covered a total of 5,87,505 households in the city. Nearly 5,120 staff of all public health and other departments of the corporation were roped in for the mass drive under the aegis of GVMC special officer Pravin Kumar and commissioner M Hari Narayanan.
Based on the report of the two-day drive, GVMC identified a total of 18,870 breeding sources of mosquitoes in all eight zones. Out of it, 11,721 breeding sources were from Zones 1, 4 and 6.
While Madhurawada and its surrounding areas come under Zone 1, Malkapuram and Sriharipuram come under Zone 4. Vadlapudi and Steel Plant come under Zone 6.
Speaking to TOI, GVMC chief medical officer Dr A Hemanth said the reason for the concentration of breeding sources in the three zones is storage of water in open containers by residents. Due to lack of 24x7 running water supply, residents in these areas store water in open vessels which are also not cleaned regularly.
Apart from the storage of water, unhygienic conditions of refrigerators and improper maintenance of money plants, and failure to dispose of coconut shells, and stocking of water on the terrace due to intermittent rains in the city this monsoon favoured the rise in the number of mosquito breeding sources.
“Provision of 24x7 running water supply can play a major role in bringing down the storage of water in open containers. The water supply project is under progress at various levels. This apart, we are continuing our efforts like creating awareness campaigns among the masses on the importance of proper usage of the vessels and the ill-effects of mosquitoes,” Dr Hemanth added.
Hemanth said the number of dengue cases rose only this year when compared with last year. The city alone saw around 1,000 dengue cases while it was 2,000 in the entire district. However, there was a drastic fall in the number of malariacases. The number of malaria cases were 55% less than last year’s, Hemanth added.