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    Enquiry starts into Vuda layout irregularities

    TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 00:09 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) has initiated a departmental enquiry into the alleged irregularities committed during the land pooling process of Ozone Valley project and nine other layouts within the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) limits.

    The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on Friday. Some of these layouts are in Madhurawada, Cyber Valley and other places. The irregularities are allegedly to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees. The land scam in Ozone Valley project itself was said to be of Rs 500 crore.

    According to sources, then Vuda vice-chairman K Sasidhar sent a report to the government pertaining to the irregularities in Vuda layouts in 2011. He also asked for an in-depth inquiry.

    In 2014, the government gave the case to the vigilance and enforcement department. The vigilance enquiry too found certain irregularities during acquisition of land by Vuda by interpolating revenue records and grabbing government lands. The probe also detected irregularities during the land pooling stage for Ozone Valley project. On June 1, the state government ordered a departmental enquiry by the CCLA to look into the matter.

    Speaking to TOI, K Sarada Devi, joint secretary at the office of CCLA, who verified records at Vuda office on Thursday, said they have to study 3,000 to 4,000 pages of records as part of the probe.









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      CCLA initiates enquiry into layout irregularities by Visakhapatnam development body

      The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on FridayTNN | June 16, 2018, 14:00 IST

      VISAKHAPATNAM: The chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) has initiated a departmental enquiry into the alleged irregularities committed during the land pooling process of Ozone Valley project and nine other layouts within the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) limits.

      The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on Friday. Some of these layouts are in Madhurawada, Cyber Valley and other places. The irregularities are allegedly to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees. The land scam in Ozone Valley project itself was said to be of Rs 500 crore.

      According to sources, then Vuda vice-chairman K Sasidhar sent a report to the government pertaining to the irregularities in Vuda layouts in 2011. He also asked for an in-depth inquiry.

      In 2014, the government gave the case to the vigilance and enforcement department. The vigilance enquiry too found certain irregularities during acquisition of land by Vuda by interpolating revenue records and grabbing government lands. The probe also detected irregularities during the land pooling stage for Ozone Valley project. On June 1, the state government ordered a departmental enquiry by the CCLA to look into the matter.

      Speaking to TOI, K Sarada Devi, joint secretary at the office of CCLA, who verified records at Vuda office on Thursday, said they have to study 3,000 to 4,000 pages of records as part of the probe.








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        Fast on ‘Panchagramala’ land issue on June 24

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        UPDATED: JUNE 16, 2018 04:41 IST
        Pattas sought for all the residents in Survey No.275

        Forum for Development of North Andhra will hold a one-day fast on June 24 demanding a solution to the ‘Panchagramala’ land issue.

        It was announced by FDNA general secretary A. Aja Sarma at a meeting at Simhachalam, organised to mark the conclusion of a four-day padayatra. Beginning Tuesday at Vepagunta and organised by the forum and Samaikya Praja and Rythu Samkshema Sangham, the padayatra covered various colonies at Venkatapuram, Cheemalapalli, Purushottapuram and Adavivaram and a total of 65 meetings were organised.

        Speaking at the Simhachalam meeting, leaders said in spite of announcing at its first Cabinet meeting in Visakhapatnam that the issue would be resolved in 100 days, the TDP government further complicated it. They demanded that the ryotwari pattas given to the Devasthanam in 1996 be cancelled and pattas be given to all the residents in Survey No.275.








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          50 acres for Navy to build add’l runway can ease host of problems

          Siva G| TNN | Jun 22, 2018, 02:36 IST

          Visakhapatnam: Several travellers’ associations are requesting the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) to allot 50 acres of land to the Navy for building an additional runway at the city airport, parallel to the existing tarmac.

          The additional runway can then be used by the Navy for dedicated military operations without hurting commercial operations at the airport.

          The Navy had proposed to halt commercial operations at the city airport for five hours a day to conduct sorties. Following an uproar from airlines and travellers’ associations, the Navy later agreed to bring down the slots to three hours a day from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm daily. This slot would have badly hit commercial operations at the airport, with eight direct flights and several other indirect flights being affected as a result.

          “Each flight would have 150 passengers on an average and all these eight flights will have 1,200 passengers flying out of the airport and another 1,200 passengers flying in. This would mean 2,400 passengers a day and around 9 lakh passengers per year getting affected due to these slots,” said Vizag Development Council president O Naresh Kumar said.

          “Vizag airport handles around 2.5 million passengers per year, and 9 lakh passengers being affected by these slots is a huge number,” Naresh Kumar said.

          If the port gives the required 50 acres land, the Navy can build a parallel runway to the existing one and may not have to ask for military slots. Vizag airport has one unidirectional runway. According to sources, Navy has already sent a request letter to the port for the required land to build a taxi runway exactly a year ago.

          “The state government needs to coordinate with the port for the required land to Navy and also provide alternative land to the port. The issue would be solved and the city’s future would be bright,” Air Travellers’ Association vice-president DS Varma said. He said they are seeking the intervention of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and Vizag Lok Sabha member K Haribabu.

          Over the unidirectional runway, the AP Chamber of Commerce president G Samba Siva Rao said aircraft are now landing only from one direction, which leads to delays in take-offs and landings. This is because visibility is hampered on the other side due to the Narava hill.

          “Because of one way landing and take-off, six to seven flights can land in one hour and flying time also increases by six-10 minutes, wasting fuel and increasing travel costs,” Samba Siva Rao said. The airport has been handling 70 civil flights every day, which means 700 minutes of extra flying and fuel wastage, leading to environment pollution also.

          The Air travellers association is suggesting the state government to reduce the height of the Narava hills to have clear visibility of runway, then flights can land both ways or sides of the runway and give space for landing of 15 flights per hour instead of seven. One of the member of Air travellers Association Kumar Raja requested the government to clear the objections of the forest department, mining department and revenue department in reducing the height of the hill for clear visibility.









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            Andhra Pradesh only state with 3 cities in top-10 list

            Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 02:47 IST


            Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh has scripted a success story in the SwachhSurvekshan 2018 with its three major cities Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam, having made it to the top 10 list. What makes the accomplishment even more special is that Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to have three cities in the top 10 list.

            In all, five cities of Andhra Pradesh found their place in the top-100 list in the results released on Saturday. However, when compared to the 2017 survey, the state’s performance has slipped. In the last survey, eight cities and towns from Andhra Pradesh featured among the top 50 cleanest cities.

            From Andhra Pradesh, a total of 110 cities and towns participated in the 2018 Swachh survey against the 32 towns/cities in the 2017 survey and only two cities in 2016 survey.

            It is Vijayawada, which made it big on Saturday by leaping 14 places and bagging the 5th rank.

            Temple town Tirupati moved up the rank and ended up at 6th place — it was 9th in the 2017 survey.

            GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan said, it is a sign of good things to see three major cities of Andhra Pradesh in the top-10 list.

            From Andhra Pradesh, a total of 19 cities attained the ranks below 200.

            Apart from the top three cities which ranked below 10, the other cities which outscored other Indian cities to find a place in the top-200 list include Ongole (83), Chittoor (95), Tenali (108), Kakinada (118), Narsaraopet (120), Guntur (129), Rajahmundry (138), Vizianagaram (154), Kadapa (163), Nandyal (176), Srikakulam (180), Proddatur (184), Machilipatnam (186), Mangalagiri (187), Eluru (192) and Nellore (193).

            While Indore and Bhopal retained their position as the top two cleanest cities for the second consecutive year, Chandigarh has been ranked as the third cleanest city this year. In order to foster a healthy competition among the cities to improve cleanliness standards, the ministry of urban development (MoUD) has initiated the survey in 2016, rating 73 cities across the country.

            But the number of cities participating in the survey has increased to 434 in 2017 and 4041 city in 2018 as has the competition.











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              Vizag falls four places in Swachh rankings, GVMC vows to do better

              Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 02:45 IST


              Visakhapatnam: The Port City, which was pronounced the third cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan 2017, has ranked seventh in the 2018 survey. For a city, which outscored other Indian cities in the citizen feedback of SS-2018 by sending 1.61 lakh responses and worked harder this year, the news came as a shock. The full list of rankings was released on Saturday.

              But far from being discouraged by the results, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner M Hari Narayanan said that they would work harder. “Let us hope for the best,” said Hari Narayanan.

              Centurion University vice chancellor and former Andhra University vice chancellor Prof GSN Raju decribed the results as a marginal loss. “Apart from the GVMC officials, we, Swachh Visakha Ambassadors, have campaigned for the SS-2018. I hope we will get a better rank in 2019 Survey. We have to improve on some fronts. We have already started awareness campaigns on cleanliness and sanitation for next year,” said Prof GSN Raju.

              Giving itself a head-start for the survey, the GVMC drove its efforts and machinery towards the sanitary strategy, which was drafted based on the survey guidelines. After Swachh Survekshan 2018 incorporated the sustainable waste management practices, the GVMC has also aggressively pushed the public towards garbage segregation as well as composting.

              The civic body feels that the city may have fared poorly in the survey related to converting waste into compost and scientific processing of waste. For example, the segregation at source is limited to some 50%-60% households of the city. The 15MW waste-to-energy plant has been completed, which is expected to pave the way for percent scientific waste processing, but will only be ready after December 2018.

              The Hudhud-battered Visakhapatnam first made national headlines when it emerged as the fifth cleanest city in the 2016 rankings. The city also entered the premium league of 20 Smart Cities in the same year.







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                Smart move: Tourists to Visakhapatnam can now hire battery-operated cycles

                TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 12:07 IST


                VISAKHAPATNAM: Tourists visiting Vizag city can now hire battery-operated cycles for sightseeing and other purposes, thanks to an initiative launched by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL).

                On a pilot basis, the GVSCCL procured 100 battery-operated cycles under the Vizag Smart City project to operate them on the beachfront. GVSCCL has partnered with ‘HexiBike’ to operate the cycles. GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan launched the public bicycle-sharing project on Friday. The private agency has set up four docking stations on the beach road with each station having 25 e-cycles, including at YMCA Junction, Pandurangapuram and Kalimatha temple premises.

                GVMC commissioner and GVSCCL managing director M Hari Narayanan said they have launched the initiative on a pilot basis with 100 e-cycles. “GVSCCL will invest Rs 4 crore as the capital cost into the public bicycle-sharing project while the operation and maintenance will be borne by the private agency. The project may take shape in the next three months after completion of the pilot project,” said Hari Narayanan.

                The commissioner added that besides providing an affordable and environmentally friendly mobility option, it would also generate social and environmental benefits for the community. “Users need to download the Hexi App to utilise the public bicycle-sharing project. After availing the e-cycles, the users can return the cycles at any of the docking stations on the beach road,” said Hari Narayanan. GVSCCL had undertaken a planning study for the public bicycle sharing system with the assistance of the World Resources Institute. As part of the planning study, an area of around 18 square kilometres in the central part of the city, including 6 square kilometres of the Area-Based Development part of the Smart City project, was studied for the project.

                Apart from the Smart City project, the GVMC has already procured 50 battery-operated cycles at a cost of about Rs 12 lakh. The GVMC has issued a tender inviting the private players to hand over the operational maintenance of the fleet of these 50 cycles. “We will provide all the needed infrastructure for the project to the private player to operate these 50 cycles. While the agency gets 80% revenue of the project, the civic body takes the remaining 20%,” said a GVMC official.








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                  CM gives green light to IT City, integrated museum master plans

                  TNN | Updated: Jun 23, 2018, 12:15 IST
                  Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu

                  VISAKHAPATNAM: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naiduhas given his approval to the master plans of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority’s 20-acre Information Technology Hub (IT Hub) project in Madhurawada as well as the Integrated Museum Project on RK Beach road.

                  Vuda officials gave a powerpoint presentation to the chief minister on Thursday night at the airport while he was waiting for his flight to Vijayawada. Satisfied with the designs, Naidu directed the Vuda officials to proceed with the projects.

                  Vuda will develop an IT tower as part of the IT Hub project. The project will also have commercial, residential and recreational spaces. Apart from the tower block, the IT city will get several blocks for auxiliary social infrastructure, including malls, hotels and multiplexes.

                  Vuda inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government during the recently concluded Partnership Summit 2018 to facilitate the project. However, Vuda is learnt to be treading cautiously by inviting private parties to gauge the demand for the space that will be created by the project. Based on the demand, capacity planning and other relevant information of the interested parties, Vuda can make tweaks to the planning and execution of its 20-acre IT city project, which will cost a fortune.

                  On the other hand, the proposed Integrated Museum and Tourist Complex will integrate the TU-142 aircraft museum, INS Kursura submarine museum, Victory at Sea memorial, Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan, proposed Sea Harrier Museum and other tourist sights in the immediate vicinity of one another on the RK Beach road through underpasses.

                  Apart from providing underground parking for 800 cars and 400 two-wheelers, Vuda will reclaim a 2-kilometre stretch of the beach road road by moving traffic flow underground.

                  The reclaimed road will be converted into a green space/park. An underground tunnel will be developed for the vehicular flow in this two kilometre stretch, where the traffic will be diverted underground.

                  Vuda estimates that the project will cost about Rs 60 crore.









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                    10,000 seaweed culture units to be set up in the state soon

                    Sulogna Mehta| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:25 IST

                    Visakhapatnam: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)–ICAR, Visakhapatnam, has identified 27 potential sites in four north coastal Andhra districts for cultivation of seaweeds, a marine plant with multifarious uses. The state government wants CMFRI to formulate a project report, provide technical expertise and collaborate on the cultivation of seaweed on a large, commercial scale in AP.

                    Under the Centre’s ‘Blue Revolution’ scheme, the government of India has given financial assistance to set up 10,000 seaweeds culture units in Andhra Pradesh, where the production is negligible compared to Tamil Nadu (22K tonnes), Gujarat and Maharashtra, (each 20K tonnes) and Lakshadweep (8,000 tonnes).

                    Seaweed research has also gained momentum in recent years, which has its usage in food, drugs, textiles, cosmetics, fertiliser, cattle-feed and biofuel industry. These are grouped as red, brown and green seaweeds with red seaweed (kappaphycus alvarezii species) being the most common.

                    To start with, CMFRI will conduct a pilot scale study focusing on four sites in Visakhapatnam near Mangamaripeta, Bheemili and the dockyard area. Of the four, two will be sea cage sites (existing mari-culture sites) and the other two will be non-cage sites. Both raft method and tube-net method of culture would be experimented with for one year. There are some parameters for selecting the sites for cultivation, like temperature should not go beyond 30 degrees Celsius, salt content should be at least 30 ppt, gentle wave and tide action, moderate underwater current and availability of nutrient rich water free from metal contaminants and toxic pollutants.

                    “The seaweed germplasm (seeds) of the Kappaphygus species would be sourced from Mandapam in Tamil Nadu. The rafts would be locally made and the tube-nets would be brought from Gujarat.

                    “The peak growth season for seaweeds is from June to August and November to February. As per the species, they grow between 45-90 days. Based on the growth rate, we will frame a detailed project report and send it to the state fisheries department,” said Subhadeep Ghosh, principal scientist and scientist-in-charge of CMFRI.

                    A cause for concern is depletion of seaweed species in AP. In the 1970s, scientists had observed 87 different species of seaweed in the coastal waters of AP. But in 2011, scientists could find just 38 types of species.

                    “Their decrease in number can be attributed to climate change, falling PH value or water acidification, industrial pollution and dumping of untreated sewerage in the seas, anthropogenic issues like destruction of their habitat and so on,” added Ghosh.









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                      Seaweeds have multifarious commercial usage in various industries, say scientists

                      Sulogna Mehta| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:26 IST


                      Visakhapatnam: Belying its name, marine plant seaweed is not a weed but a valuable cash crop from which various products can be made for different industrial purposes. The interesting options for its commercial usage in AP are currently being explored by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam.

                      Seaweeds have several health benefits as they are low in calories and carbohydrate but high in fibre, rich in antioxidants and poly unsaturated fatty acid (good fat), protein, iodine, various minerals and vitamins. They have amino acids as growth-promoting hormones and have anti-cancerous qualities, say scientists.

                      Seaweeds find multifarious uses besides primary consumption as a vegetable (which is not popular in India unlike other South Asian countries). It is used in encapsulation of medicines, as thickening gel, binding and emulsifying agent (agar and alginate) in the food industry, for cleaning of wine and beer to render its transparency, as health foods from extracts, in textile industry, and the byproduct can be used in organic farming (liquid fertiliser), biofuel and cattle feed. “Since seaweeds are not a popular item for direct consumption in India, we are looking at alternatives such as fortification in fish seaweed sausage, seaweed grape juice, noodles and seaweed cookies, the technology for which we are developing at CIFT,” said R Raghu Prakash, principal scientist and scientist-in-charge at CIFT-ICAR.

                      Jesmi Debbarma, a researcher on seaweeds at CIFT, averred: “If seaweed cultivation is integrated with fish culture, it can be used as biofilter (especially gracilaria, ulva and laminaria species) to remove waste inorganic nutrients and for treatment of sewage and some agro wastes. The extract can be used as a biofertiliser as it has natural growth hormones, NPK and organic micro nutrients. It is also used in the cosmetics industry as it has anti-aging and anti-oxidant rich properties.”

                      Agar, alginates (binding agent) and carrageenan as hydrocolloids find wide industrial usage. India’s requirement is around 400 tonnes of agar and 1,000 tonnes of alginate per annum but only 30% and 40% of it is produced indigenously, respectively. Agar, a gelatin-type substance made from red seaweed, can be used in bakeries and confectionary items, pharma industry, dentistry plant tissue culture and so on, said Madhusudan Rao from CIFT.













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