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    VPT bags several green awards for eco-friendly moves

    TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:29 IST


    Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Port Trust bagged several of the AP Green Awards announced by the Andhra Pradesh Greening and Beautification Corporation on Sunday.

    According to officials, VPT bagged the first prize in industries (public) category. It also won the first and second prizes in individual home gardens (public) for the chairman’s bungalow and deputy chairman’s bungalow, respectively.

    In recent years, VPT has taken up several environment-friendly initiatives, like setting up a 10MW solar power plant, 10MLD sewage treatment plant and plantation drives on a big scale. “Also, we have initiated a project to be executed during 2018-20 through the AP forest department under which two lakh plants under shelter belt plantation would be planted to preserve and protect the Vizag coastline. The project cost of about Rs 2.30 crore would be funded by the VPT,” P L Haranadh, VPT deputy chairman, told TOI.

    During the last three years, VPT planted 1.75 lakh plants in operational areas under the ‘Green Visakha’ plantation programme. VPT also developed an 8km-long central median within the port premises with greenery and beautified Convent junction, Sheela Nagar junction, Y junction, PCR junction and B Ramp junction with plantation and landscaping.

    The public enterprise has also taken up translocation of 360 trees which were being affected due to the road-widening project from PCR junction to RCL junction, thereby facilitating their conservation, protection and preservation. It has also taken up beautification and landscaping works in bungalows of Harbour Park which were severely affected by the Hudhud cyclone in 2014. Rain water harvesting along with vermi compost units including kitchen and fruit gardens apart from solar power generation are some of the initiatives being taken up.










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      RWAs raise voice against random pruning of trees by discom in city

      Prasad Nichenametla| TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 02:38 IST

      Visakhapatnam: Vexed by the indiscriminate axing of trees by the APEPDCL, the resident welfare associations of the city are demanding that they be made a part of the decision making on the extent of trees to be pruned for power line maintenance.

      RWAs allege that field level discom officials and tree-cutters descend on the colonies unannounced one fine morning and even chop trees where it is not required. Discom officials are now carrying out tree pruning in several colonies in preparation for the monsoon season.

      Residents of various colonies, especially those who share concern for the environment and the ill-effects of a reduced green cover on the city’s climate, are a worried lot. “There is a serious need to create awareness on the importance of greenery among the people sent on this chopping task. They often resort to random chopping out of ignorance or insensitivity, and are unaware on the importance of trees around us,” says Dr P Mary Anupama, who teaches at a private engineering college in the city.

      Dr K S R Murthy, vice-president of AP Federation of RWAs, stresses on the need to involve the resident welfare bodies. “While pruning is necessary for uninterrupted power supply, at the same time we should try our best to minimise the extent of damage to a tree. For even a branch to regrow is a time taking process, therefore care should be taken to cut only those parts that interfere with the power lines,” Murthy said.

      “If the RWAs are intimated in advance. at least a day before, we can assemble to help them. Since the cutters conveniently chop whatever is reachable by hand, we have even devised a bamboo pole with sickle at the top end which we can provide for the purpose,” Murthy, who is also the president of JR Nagar RWA, added.

      GVMC officials say despite repeated appeals, the APEPDCL officials “do not inform us and prune trees about 4-5 times a year which is unnecessary”. “They even chopped off trees which we raised as part of a green belt from the airport to Maddilapalem. Trees which are of 15 feet height were pruned when the high tension wires are at 30 feet height!” said M Damodara Rao, assistant director (horticulture), GVMC.

      The civic body official further said they have a hi-tech hydraulic machine which can reach up to 30 feet and a trained pruner can be deployed on intimation from the discom. “We have made use of this machine in some sectors of MVP Colony. In fact, the APEPDCL should procure 3-4 such machines so that pruning can be restricted to two times a year,” Rao says.








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        ‘Go green, say no to plastics’

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        VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 28, 2018 00:00 IST
        UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 05:12 IST







        Members of Junior Chambers International Vizag Achievers distributing cloth bags to a roadside vendor at P.M. Palem in Visakhapatnam. JCI volunteers take out a rally in P.M. Palem

        Conveying messages such as ‘shop with your own bags’, ‘we are sharing the planet’ and ‘no plastics’ loud and clear, Junior Chambers International Vizag Achievers organised a rally at P.M. Palem here on Wednesday.

        The on-going awareness drive ‘Go green, say no to plastic’ saw a group of volunteers and JCI members carrying placards and walking along the streets of the neighbourhood and explaining the risk factors involved in using non-biodegradable plastics to vendors.

        As a part of the endeavour, JCI volunteers visited the roadside shops and general stores in the area and offered alternatives to plastic carry bags.

        Objective

        “The idea is to spot places where plastic covers are used extensively and encourage the users to go for affordable substitutes. We have already distributed 2,000 cloth bags free of cost to roadside vendors, shop owners, vegetable and fruit sellers along with those who run petty shops because the circulation of plastic bags in such places is high,” said Jyothsna Katari, vice-president of (management) JCI Vizag Achievers.

        By hosting similar awareness drives, JCI members intend to make P.M. Palem and Madhurawada plastic-free zones.

        Other JCI members, including Ranjeeth Sha, Sheetal Madan, Ravi Kumar and Prasanna Kumar took part in the campaign that concluded with the distribution of shoes, school bags and clothes to underprivileged children in the neighbourhood.













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          City an emerging hub for e-learning

          Santosh Patnaik
          VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 28, 2018 00:00 IST
          UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 05:12 IST


          Connectivity matters:Employees at work on finding solutions to various lessons taught in the US at Chegg, in Visakhapatnam.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

          Several institutions offer content and software development to varsities in the US


          Visakhapatnam, the prominent IT destination in the State, is fast emerging as a hub for e-learning for students, as well as for content and software development for educational institutions of the United States of America.

          As many as 10 firms, most of which are startups, are functioning in the field here, with a workforce of over 1,000 with a world-class work environment contributing their might for smart way of learning. “Many have identified Visakhapatnam as an ideal place for e-learning by holding one-to-one tuitions and development of customised software and content for American colleges and universities,” Software Technology Parks of India Joint Director M.P. Dubey told The Hindu on Tuesday.

          24&7 home tuitions

          Chegg, a NYSE-listed company, has a unit in the city with a headcount of 270 since 2006 and plans to expand manpower by 100 more. It specialises in 24x7 home tuitions by charging $50 per hour. It also prepares solutions to various lessons and offers e-books. Textbooks cost almost 60% of student expenses in the United States. “We offer e-lessons by our subject experts. Our employees, all of them academically bright, work on developing solutions to various lessons taught to the students,” says Chegg-Vizag director Sam Oguri.

          Chegg’s students are from graduation and post-graduation courses in engineering and business subjects. Mr. Oguri says through their campuses in the USand India, they have seen increase in student subscribers from 1.5 million in 2016 to 2.2 million in 2017. Their USP, he says, is playing a key role in edutech (education technology).

          Math solutions

          Quant, which started its operations in 1994, specialises in creating mathematics solutions for various schools and colleges in the US. “Ours is one of the oldest institutes offering answers and solutions for schools and colleges,” says E. Srihari Rao, director of Quant.

          Samudra, another institution, has been in operation in the city for the past 18 years. It has carved a niche for itself in implementing open source learning management system for several American colleges and universities. “We not only help in implementing open source learning management system but also develop the content for various institutes for their textbooks,” says M. Nandu, chief technical officer, Samudra Software.











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            Halt construction on Sompeta wetland: HRF

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            VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 29, 2018 00:00 IST
            UPDATED: JUNE 29, 2018 05:24 IST




            HRF team at the wetland site that was dug up by an aqua firm in Srikakulam district. ‘Industrial park will imperil farmers, fishermen and ecology’

            The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demanded that the government stop construction by the the Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) on the Sompeta wetland in Srikakulam district as it would affect farmers and fishermen, and destroy the ecology.

            The forum, on a visit with Sompeta-based Paryavarana Parirakshana Samithi (PPS) to the wetland, called ‘beela’ locally, said that setting up of an industrial park there must be disallowed, in a conversation with The Hindu here on Thursday.

            “We were shocked to see almost 200 acres of land abutting the beela dug-up ostensibly to undertake aquafarming by Savitra Agri Industrial Park Pvt. Ltd., a company of the NCC. Following protests by local farmers, the digging, which took place in May, was halted,” said HRF AP&TS Coordination Committee member V.S. Krishna, adding that threat to the wetland, however, remained.

            In September, 2015, the government issued an order (329) giving a go-ahead to a multi-product industrial zone by the NCC. Governments were supposed to preserve ecosystems for future generations, not be complicit in their wanton destruction, he said.

            ‘Against law’

            Pointing out that construction on wetlands contravened the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, and the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, Mr. Krishna said, “We have emphasised that any industrial activity on a precious wetland will destroy biodiversity and subvert the livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk.”

            Earlier, in 2008, another order (1107) had allowed the NCC to set up a thermal plant on 972 acres, triggering protests in which three farmers were killed in police firing on July 14, 2010. Subsequently, the National Environment Appellate Authority revoked the clearance to the project.











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              RWAs raise voice against random pruning of trees by discom in city

              Prasad Nichenametla| TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 02:38 IST

              Visakhapatnam: Vexed by the indiscriminate axing of trees by the APEPDCL, the resident welfare associations of the city are demanding that they be made a part of the decision making on the extent of trees to be pruned for power line maintenance.

              RWAs allege that field level discom officials and tree-cutters descend on the colonies unannounced one fine morning and even chop trees where it is not required. Discom officials are now carrying out tree pruning in several colonies in preparation for the monsoon season.

              Residents of various colonies, especially those who share concern for the environment and the ill-effects of a reduced green cover on the city’s climate, are a worried lot. “There is a serious need to create awareness on the importance of greenery among the people sent on this chopping task. They often resort to random chopping out of ignorance or insensitivity, and are unaware on the importance of trees around us,” says Dr P Mary Anupama, who teaches at a private engineering college in the city.

              Dr K S R Murthy, vice-president of AP Federation of RWAs, stresses on the need to involve the resident welfare bodies. “While pruning is necessary for uninterrupted power supply, at the same time we should try our best to minimise the extent of damage to a tree. For even a branch to regrow is a time taking process, therefore care should be taken to cut only those parts that interfere with the power lines,” Murthy said.

              “If the RWAs are intimated in advance. at least a day before, we can assemble to help them. Since the cutters conveniently chop whatever is reachable by hand, we have even devised a bamboo pole with sickle at the top end which we can provide for the purpose,” Murthy, who is also the president of JR Nagar RWA, added. GVMC officials say despite repeated appeals, the APEPDCL officials “do not inform us and prune trees about 4-5 times a year which is unnecessary”. “They even chopped off trees which we raised as part of a green belt from the airport to Maddilapalem. Trees which are of 15 feet height were pruned when the high tension wires are at 30 feet height!” said M Damodara Rao, assistant director (horticulture), GVMC.

              The civic body official further said they have a hi-tech hydraulic machine which can reach up to 30 feet and a trained pruner can be deployed on intimation from the discom. “We have made use of this machine in some sectors of MVP Colony. In fact, the APEPDCL should procure 3-4 such machines so that pruning can be restricted to two times a year,” Rao says.









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                Vizag rly station to soon get facilities similar to airport, as funding kicks in

                V Kamalakara Rao| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 02:34 IST

                Visakhapatnam: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 10 crore to the Waltair division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) to remodel and renovate the railway station at Visakhapatnam.

                The railway ministry selected 70 railway stations in the country, including the one in Vizag, for renovation, and instructed the divisional railway officers (DRMs) concerned to send a detailed project report with architectural models.

                The Waltair division sent the report in May this year along with other stations listed by the railway ministry.

                The board selected 30 stations, including Vizag, to sanction the funds for redoing the stations’ interiors and exteriors.

                Confirming this to TOI, Waltair divisional railway manager MS Mathur said, “We have got approval for the renovation of the station for Rs 10 crore. We will be inviting tenders in the next few weeks and hopefully complete the project by March 2019.”

                The renovation project would include the remodelling of all basic amenities and facilities for passengers from seating and parking, to the installation of modern art and design. “The station would wear a new look from the next financial year. Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam stations in Andhra Pradesh got the approval for renovation in the first phase,” Mathur added.

                He said that the Rs 10 crore project is different from the earlier proposal of redeveloping the station at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. As the earlier proposal is still pending, the railway board took the decision of remodelling the stations with its own funds without any private sector investment. “The renovation project will not touch any issues related to the operational needs of the railways. This project is only meant for beautification of the station,” Mathur explained, while adding that railways would also take suggestions from local citizens in the renovation of the station.

                The city railway station was declared the cleanest railway station in the country in last year’s Swachh rankings in the A1 and A category.







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                  Modernisation of city harbour finally on track

                  Siva G| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 03:35 IST

                  Visakhapatnam: The modernisation works at the city’s fishing harbour have finally got some momentum with the state government giving its administrative sanction for its share of funds to construction works. The Government of India is however yet to give its clearance to the submitted detailed project report and is also yet to release its share of funds.

                  According to sources, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) had submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the commerce ministry more than six months ago. The DPR was once again submitted to the departments after giving clarifications to specific concerns asked by the departments a month ago.

                  As per statistics, the boats in the Vizag district have caught around 1.54,582 metric tonnes of all types of culture and capture. It was 1.54,114 metric tonnes of catch in the 2017-18 financial year. The target for this year is 1.55 lakh metric tonnes.

                  The fishing harbour would be modernised at an estimated cost of Rs 40 core. The state government had given administrative sanctions on Thursday. As part of the project, the state government is spending Rs 23 crore while the Centre would bear Rs 17 crore

                  The fishing harbour is spread across an area of 26 acres of land with 11 jetties, and commenced operations 42 years ago. Presently, the district, with a 132-km coastline, has around 5,217 boats including over 700 mechanised boats, providing livelihood to 1.16 lakh fishermen.

                  Additional director of the state fisheries department P Koteswara Rao told TOI that the state government had given administrative sanctions for its share and there was no communication or commitment over the Central government’s share till the date. He said they are expecting a word from the commerce department soon.

                  To enhance hygienic conditions and to meet importer’s requirements, the government is trying to improve the conditions in the fishing harbour, so that no restrictions would be imposed on AP’s marine products.








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                    If Gali can build steel plant, what’s stopping Centre: CM

                    TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 23:32 IST

                    Kakinada: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday came down heavily on the central government on the issue of the setting up of a steel plant at Kadapa.

                    “If someone like Gali Janardhan Reddy can build a steel plant at Kadapa, what is stopping the government of India from doing the same?” Naidu asked, while addressing a public meeting as part of the TDP’s Dharma Porata Sabha at the JNTU grounds in Kakinada here.

                    The CM alleged that the Centre is not giving the nod for the steel plant in Kadapa even though the state government has assured to provide land, power and iron ore for the plant. “The BJP is supporting corrupt people,” he said, adding that “Janardhan Reddy and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are brothers and the BJP is playing the role of elder brother”. He further stated that BJP is trying to discredit the TDP MPs through technology when they were engaged in a private discussion at the AP Bhavan in New Delhi.

                    Before the meeting, the crowd was shown video clips in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen promising special category status for Andhra Pradesh at a public meeting in Tirupati.

                    Naidu said the BJP, which is seeking votes in the name of God, has cheated the state despite vowing before Lord Venkateswara Swamy on according SCS to AP. “The BJP is spending Rs 2,500 crore just to build a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,” he said. “Is Rs 1,500 crore enough to build a new capital for the state?”

                    He further said that Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan was present when the PM had assured the SCS for AP, but he’s not saying a word on the issue now. Naidu made it clear that he will not leave the issue of SCS and called upon the people to have a discussion on the subject in every house. Stating that Niti Aayog has handed over the responsibility of building the Polavaram project to the state, he saif the project will be completed by the state government by 2019.

                    The Centre has gone back on its promise of setting up a separate Railway Zone in Vizag and is not sanctioning funds for national educational institutions, the CM alleged.






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                      GVMC to give 1L water connections by Oct

                      TNN | Updated: Jun 30, 2018, 23:38 IST

                      Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has set itself a target of giving 1 lakh new household water connections by October, this year, under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The applicants will also be allowed to pay connection charges in eight equal installments.

                      As per an earlier survey, the GVMC identified 75,000 households, which did not have water connection. Households paying a property tax below Rs 500 will be sanctioned connections under the ‘below poverty line (BPL)’ category. During a recent review meet at the GVMC office, municipal administration and urban development minister P Narayana directed officials to ensure that every household in the city have access to water.

                      Speaking to the media, here, at the GVMC office on Saturday, GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan asked the public to utilise the opportunity. “We will issue notices to those households without connections and ask them to apply for water connection. Under AMRUT, we proposed 75,000 water connections for 2015-16 and 25,000 connections for the 2016-17. We have already called for tenders for these water connections. There will be no increase in the water tariff or connection charges. The objective of the AMRUT scheme is to ensure that every household has access to assured supply of water and a proper sewer connection,” said Hari Narayanan.

                      When asked about whether the GVMC is geared to supply water to the one lakh new households, Hari Narayanan said, the 85 MLD water treatment plant in Aganampudi will become fully operational in the next few weeks. “We have already completed the trial run,” he added.

                      Hari Narayanan said that Purushothapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) and Polavaram will come in handy in the future for the growing demand for water in the city.

                      The GVMC will now collect only 50% of water connection charges as a penalty in addition to the normal water connection charges applicable to the municipality to regularise an unauthorised water connection contrary to the full penalty amount collected earlier. And it will only collect the usual water tariff for a period of 12 months prior to the date of regularization, even if the unauthorised water connection is 10 years old.








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