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    Plea to improve road network in city

    VISAKHAPATNANM, JULY 13, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JULY 13, 2018 05:12 IST

    Vizag Development Council and APATA representativesO. Naresh Kumar and D.S. Varma presenting a portrait to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday.

    Vizag Development Council and APATA represented by O. Naresh Kumar and D.S. Varma here on Thursday met Union Minister for National Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Ministers of State P. Radhakrishnan and Mansukh L. Mandaviya along with MP K. Haribabu and thanked him for allocating Rs. 6,000 crore for various road projects in and around Visakhapatnam.

    Mr. Naresh Kumar and Mr. Varma requested Mr. Gadkari to sanction around Rs. 1,000 crore for construction of flyovers, underpasses and foot-over bridges at important locations like Gajuwaka, Hanumanthawaka and Madhurwada junctions to decongest traffic in the city.

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      Police want CCTVCs in flats to capture street view too

      Prasad Nichenametla | TNN | Jul 19, 2018, 02:37 IST

      Visakhapatnam: The city police, who have asked all the apartment complexes and other buildings to install CCTV cameras in their premises, want one or two of them to be pointed in an angle that can capture a view of the street, particularly the road in front.

      The intention is to integrate these outside cameras with the police control room, which can ensure round the clock surveillance of every street and road, including those inside the colonies. The police is seeking active cooperation of the locals in this aspect.

      The cops are currently conducting a survey on the presence of private CCTV camera systems in residential colonies, especially in apartments, under various police station limits.

      “We were asked to collect the number of CCTVCs in our PS limit and also educate the residents on the importance of surveillance cameras while asking them to install the systems at the earliest,” a lady constable from the MVP police station, who was collecting the details from an apartment block in Sector-11 of MVP colony, told this correspondent.

      Property offences are on the rise in colonies like MVP, cops say. The CCTVCs, besides acting as crime deterrents, also help in solving crime and nabbing the offenders quickly through the footage they record.

      According to Fakeerappa Kaginelli, DCP (law & order 1), the AP Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act of 2013 makes it mandatory for establishments where 100 or more people gather, including places of worship, to install CCTVCs in their premises.

      “From the Public Safety Act point of view, it is important for the residential areas too to have CCTV surveillance. Once the survey is completed, we would have the coordinates of the buildings and an idea on the number of cameras there. We would then ask residents not having the CCTVCs to install them. If not complied, we might serve notices,” Kaginelli told TOI. “We would also assess from the data as to how many such street view cameras of apartments could be connected with the control room in future.”

      On their part, the residents welfare associations (RWAs) are willing to extend support to the move. “About 75 per cent of the apartments in our colony have CCTVCs and we are planning to have the system set up in our apartment too. The idea to have a couple of them directed towards the street is beneficial as recently a thief who was fleeing on the road from one apartment was identified with the help of one such camera installed in another apartment,” said Dr K S R Murthy, vice-president of AP Federation of RWAs and president of JR Nagar RWA in the city.

      The DCP has advised the residents to fix good quality CCTVs meeting requirements like internet protocol, a minimum resolution of 2 MP, 4X zoom, infra-red/night view abilities etc. The footage should be stored for a month for inspection of authorities when required, he added.

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        ‘Burn fat, not fuel’ is the new mantra for Vizagites who pedal around town on these jazzy new e-bikes

        Neeshita Nyayapati

        It was just about a month ago that the city witnessed the launch of a bike-share initiative by the GVMC Commissioner under the Smart City Project.

        | TNN | Jul 26, 2018, 10:27 IST

        It was just about a month ago that the city witnessed the launch of a bike-share initiative by the GVMC Commissioner under the Smart City Project. Fervent Vizagites – old, young and curious – have been whizzing past the city in jazzy, neon-coloured bicycles ever since. While it seemed like the 100 battery-operated cycles were meant as a sustainable means of commute for tourists, the project primarily intends to serve a different purpose: ‘Burn fat, not fuel’.

        Parked at four locations across the Beach Road - YMCA, Pandurangapuram, Kali Temple and Veerabrahmendra Swamy statue – these cycles can be hired at a nominal fee of Rs 10 per half an hour, after the first five days of free trial. What’s more? They have high-end features, such as a smart-lock system, GPS, puncture-proof tyres, a duty basket, and more. “I was curious about the cycles and decided to try one out recently. I downloaded the app and realised the cycle unlocks with the help of a QR code,” says short-filmmaker Ram Sekhar from the city. “I loved the cycles, they’re fun to ride,” he adds.

        Though regular cycles have been available for rent by the beach for some time now, they haven’t received the same traction as e-cycles. So, what makes these cycles so different from the usual ones? Anil Kumar, a graphic designer from the city, says, “These e-cyc;es are much more difficult to pedal than your regular cycles. You need to put in effort to pedal the cycle as it’s much tighter. It is however, comfortable to sit on. Once you begin to ride, burning calories won’t be too difficult.”

        The extensive exercise that e-cycles provide help lose weight faster, according to Edris Kamali, an Afgani student. “They’re amazing for burning calories because of the way they’ve been built and I am sure regular cycling will help increase the metabolism rate. Aided with a proper ****, I think these cycles are sufficient for me to reach my optimal weight and stay fit,” he adds.

        It’s not just the health enthusiasts who’ve gotten all pumped up about the e-cycles. It has been welcomed by those who advocate sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives as well. Calling the inculcation of these cycles a “welcome change”, Ram Sekhar says, “Major cities worldover have adopted cycling as a common means of transportation, but in our country, it is something that has been looked upon and not given enough importance to. But, with the authorities launching e-cycles for a nominal price, things are bound to change for the better, both for our own personal health and the health of our environment.”

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          Check littering during Simhachalam event, say green activists

          Sulogna Mehta | TNN | Jul 25, 2018, 23:32 IST

          Visakhapatnam: More than two lakh people are expected to do Giripradakshina (circumambulation around the Simhachalam hills) on Friday. Given the previous years’ trends, environmentalists are apprehensive of the massive plastic pollution in the city on the day of Giripradakshina from littering of lakhs of water sachets on the Giripradakshina route.

          Supply of four-five plastic water sachets to each devotee during such mass processions going on throughout the day would leave eight-10 lakh non-biodegradable plastic pollutants in the ecosystem and around half of these will definitely land up on the beaches and sea besides polluting the ecologically sensitive Simhachalam hills, Sohan Hattangadi, an environmental and heritage activist, said on Tuesday.

          Environmentalists have requested the district civic administration to put a check on the mass use of plastic sachets on July 27. Either devotees can carry their own bottles and fill those bottles if GVMC supplies water from large containers or tankers kept by the road and hillside at regular intervals in the 32-kilometre Giripradakshina route, they said.

          “We are in a state of environmental emergency. We cannot take plastic pollution lightly anymore. Lakhs of people attending Giripradakshina would be leaving four times more plastic water sachets that would pollute the land, beaches and seas. We must treat this as an emergency. Not a single plastic packet of water must be supplied. Devotees can bring their own water or GVMC can arrange supply from large water containers. In the past, NGOs have encouraged devotees to carry their own bottles and we could stop the distribution of sachets in 2016,” Hattangadi said.

          “Even if an army of municipal workers clean up the water-sachet route later, most of these sachets would end up in garbage dumps, geddas and drains given Vizag’s recycling system, which is not streamlined,” he added.

          Environmentalists suggested the GVMC commissioner and the health and sanitation wing of GVMC to curtail this plastic pollution by adopting alternative measures to supply water instead of allowing distribution of plastic sachets and bring about behavioral change at least in some section of the population.

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            GO on plastic ban soon: pollution board official

            VISAKHAPATNAM, AUGUST 03, 2018 00:00 IST
            UPDATED: AUGUST 03, 2018 05:29 IST

            Producers of single usage plastic material below 50 microns will be charged if they fail to ensure proper disposal, says APPCB Member-Secretary Vivek YadavK.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

            Only 10 % material being recycled in the State’

            The State government is framing rules for enforcing the ban on use of plastic with a thickness of less than 50 microns.

            “We are in the process of issuing a GO as the State is gearing up to wage a war against use of plastic and erratic disposal of biodegradable waste,” AP Pollution Control Board Member-Secretary Vivek Yadav told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop, ‘Beat the Plastic Pollution,’ here on Thursday.

            Producers of single usage plastic material below 50 microns would be charged if they failed to ensure proper disposal after use. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh had already stipulated the extent of punishment for those defying the ban, Mr. Yadav said.

            To a question, he said only 10% of the plastic used was being recycled in the State and called for more organisations to recycle plastic material.

            Regional offices

            Mr. Yadav said they would be opening regional offices of APPCB in Kadapa, Prakasam, Srikakulam and Anantapur districts. Existing manpower would be redeployed.

            He said they were getting ready to implement new rules being adopted for the Coastal Regulation Zone.

            Asked to comment on industrial pollution in Visakhapatnam, he the pollution levels were being monitored on a regular basis. Problems with regard to building a new common effluent treatment plant for the units located in the AP Special Economic Zone, Atchutapuram were being sorted out. Now the units were discharging their effluents through the facility developed by Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City, Parawada.

            Producers of single usage plastic material below 50 microns will be charged if they fail to ensure proper disposal after use

            Vivek Yadav

            APPCB Member-Secretary

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              Visakhapatnam to get bigger, adds 1,200 sq km

              An area of about 6,760 square kilometres will now come under the purview of VMRDA as opposed to the 5,573 square kilometre jurisdiction of VUDAUmamaheswara Rao | TNN | August 04, 2018, 16:00 IST

              VISAKHAPATNAM: In a fillip to urban development in north coastal Andhra region, the AP cabinet on Thursday gave its nod to constitute the Visakhapatnam Metro Region Development Authority (VMRDA), which will replace the existing Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA).

              An area of about 6,760 square kilometres will now come under the purview of VMRDA as opposed to the 5,573 square kilometre jurisdiction of VUDA. Spread over four districts including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari, VMRDA will cover 50 mandals and 1,340 villages. As per the census 2011, the population of VMRDA area was 52.9 lakh which has now increased to around 60.5 lakh.

              Speaking to TOI, VUDA vice-chairman P Basanth Kumar said that they are awaiting the complete details from the government as to the formation of the VMRDA and its jurisdiction. “The state government will release two orders – one is to constitute the VMRDA and the second one is to notify the VMRDA area. All this process will likely take about 10 days,” said Basanth Kumar. Even though the VMRDA was announced back in 2014, the process was delayed due to difference of opinion over merger of new areas. VMRDA would now emerge as the second largest urban development authority in Andhra Pradesh after the Capital Region Development Authority.

              Any Metropolitan Development Authority is generally headed by the chief minister of the state as the chairman. However, it is expected that the state government would nominate an MLA or MP for the chairman post. Several MLAs and MPs of the region are pinning their hopes of being appointed as VMRDA chairman.

              The new urban body may get 16 nominated directors – four from each of the four districts, where its jurisdiction will spread.

              Prior to VUDA, the Town Planning Trust has existed since 1962, to implement developmental activities in and around Visakhapatnam. The TPT was upgraded and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority was constituted in 1978 with its jurisdiction extending over Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and four municipal towns namely Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam, Gajuwaka and Anakapalli, comprising an area of 1,721square km. The jurisdiction was increased from 1,721 square km to 5,573 square km in 2008.

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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.

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                  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.


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                    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.


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                      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.


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