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  • #51


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    Dutch firm to prepare sanitation plan for Vizag

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Noida-based consultancy firm Royal Haskoning DHV, part of the Dutch Royal Haskoning group, has been commissioned by the Union ministry of housing, urban development and poverty alleviation to undertake a study and prepare an action plan for implementing a clean sanitation programme covering the entire Greater Visakhapatanam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) limits.

    The project, called capacity building for urban development, is expected to be completed within the next four months, GVMC commissioner MV Satyanarayana said, pointing out that the consultancy firm will prepare an action plan and submit a report to the central government. The report will also include the requirement for necessary funds from the Centre and state, apart from the share to be put in by GVMC, based on the financial status of the civic body.

    Showcasing the highlights of the preliminary studies to various stakeholders on Wednesday, team leader Ashit Neema said their team had been conducting a study for the last 20 days in the city and had looked at drinking water supply, sanitation, drainages and solid waste management.

    As per the 2011 census, Neema said 68% of the houses in the city were getting clean drinking water whereas 17% were dependent on borewells and another 15% on wells. Furthemore, coming to the sanitation aspect, he said about 86% people had access to toilets, 4% were dependent on public toilets and 10% has no access to toilets. Also, he said that only 60% of city had drainages and that there was a need to strengthen the city's solid waste management system.

    Neema said the project would be taken up in eight phases, with the first phase being constituting a city sanitation task force, followed by various rounds of workshops to make stakeholders understand the problems and resolve them . He said that a final city sanitation plan would be released after four months or so as part of the project in order to make Vizag a clean city.

    Dutch firm to prepare sanitation plan for Vizag - The Times of India
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    • #52


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      Will Vizag metro rail project be a boon or bane for city?

      Will Vizag metro rail project be a boon or bane for city? - The Times of India
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        Now, purchase flats at vegetable markets

        Now, purchase flats at vegetable markets - The Times of India

        VISAKHAPATNAM: Who said only vegetables are available at markets in your neighbourhood? Nowadays, you can even purchase flats or plots, if you have enough dough and are keen on purchasing property in the city.

        Surprised? Real estate agents are pitching their tents outside rythu bazars, shopping malls and even super markets to canvass for their projects to prospective clients, who arrive in droves usually with family members for shopping for the week. According to realty sources, the trend has caught up during the last few months in the port city. Marketing professionals armed with brochures wait near parking spaces of markets and interact with customers, who have completed their shopping exercise.

        What's more, if customers evince interest, these professionals will take them in a car for a visit to the site. Rythu bazars located in MVP Colony, Seethammadhara, Pedawaltair apart from shopping malls near Maddilapalem, Rama Talkies Road and even the parking space near Poorna Market are among the places where you can notice realtors making sales pitch in the city.

        "There are usually around 15 members from the real estate agencies, who usually wait outside the rythu bazars for reaching out to customers. While we have around 7,000 to 8,000 people coming to the rythu bazar on weekly days, it is around 12,000 to 15,000 on Sundays and during festivals," said a rythu bazar official.

        "Super markets and rythu bazars provide us with a greater reach compared to other marketing practices. With more than 12,000 people visiting the rythu bazaar especially on Sunday, we can get access to more number of people," said K Manoj, one of the marketing professionals pitching customers outside MVP Colony on Sunday.

        He said, "We can also wait and see the type of customers that we want to approach. Some of the customers, who come in flashy cars are among those, who we tend to approach because there is a higher chance for the sale to materialise. Even though the sale doesn't happen immediately, it gives us an opportunity to showcase our product (flats or plots) to them."

        Another marketing professional Nagaraju L said, "The customers come along with their family, which is another key point for us. It is rare to get a complete family together in today's world of busy schedules. But, here mostly the husband, wife and sometimes children are also there, so we can clearly explain to them the advantages of our plots. We can clarify each family member's doubts if any and that will certainly help in converting it into a sale."

        "Being a Sunday, more people will be willing to go and visit the site during the evening or so. It works out better from a business point of view," he added.


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          First phase of Vizag-Chennai corridor to take off by June

          First phase of Vizag-Chennai corridor to take off by June - The Times of India
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            Bhogapuram airport project flies into trouble

            BHOGAPURAM (Vizianagaram): The proposed greenfield Vizag international airport project at Bhogapuram seems to be headed for turbulence even take-off, with people from nearly 16 panchayats up in arms against the state government's high flying plans.

            Nearly 10,000 people from these villages have now decided to lay siege to the arterial National Highway-16, which connects Kolkata to Chennai, on Friday and also stage a protest at the tehsildar's office. The decision, which was taken at a meeting of various political parties, including the ruling TDP, here on Thursday, is expected to bring traffic to a grinding halt on the highway on Friday.

            Some of the leaders of the protesters are already planning to rope in environmental activist Medha Patkar, who is expected to visit Bhogapuram in a week or two, sources said.

            Even as the agitators are gearing up for the massive protest, cops have already issued a warning that those blocking the national highway would be arrested, sources said.

            According to sources, the protesters have already decided not to allow any government official into their villages and some officials, including DRDA project director Delhi Rao, DWMA PD Prasanthi and tehsildar Lakshma Reddy had a first-hand experience of the villagers' hostility when they reviewed the land acquisition process at the tehsildar office on Wednesday. They had a bitter experience at Chakivalasa village when they tried to interact with the villagers, who vehemently voiced their opposition to the government's decision and raised slogals like 'Don't want Airport and Go Back' forcing the officials to beat a hasty retreat.

            The government is learnt to have already assigned the land acquisition job to four deputy collector rank officers, 12 tehsildars and 25 deputy tehsildars led by DRDA PD Delhi Rao and other officials. The government plans to acquire land from A Ravivalasa, Gudepuvalasa, Chepalakancheru, Kouluwada, Tudem, Basavapalli, Mujeru, Chakivalasa, Kongavanipalem, and some part of the Bhogapuram village. The mandal, which has a population of around 55,000, is mainly dependent on agriculture.

            Sources said that though the district administration has been planning to conduct gram sabhas on the issue, it has been aware of the building public anger against the project in the mandal.

            TDP Bhogapuram mandal president Karottu Satyam told TOI that they have been dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, which they would lose if the airport comes up. "We thought our experienced leader Naidu would develop the state, but not in this way. The government is literally pushing us onto the roads," he complained.

            The agitating villagers also accuse the district administration of keeping them in the dark on the proposal. "They have not told us how much land they will take from each village. The entire mandal of Bhogapuram has 28,000 acres, of which they are planning to aquire 15,000 plus acres. What will be left there to cultivate?' asked former agricultural marketing committee chairman Uppada Suryanarayana of Congress.

            Sources pointed out that each acre of farmland costs anywhere from Rs 30 lakh to a maximum of Rs 1.20 crore if the land is located very near to NH-16 and following the low prices being offered by the Naidu government to farmers in the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in the capital region not too many farmers are interested in giving up their lands for the project.

            "The government plans to take the consent of the people with force. Most of the villages were affected by cyclone Hudhud and have not yet got proper compensation till date.

            They have yet to give notice and conduct 'Dandora' in villages about the gram sabhas for which 21 days notice has to be given," alleged YSRCP leader Kakarlapudi Srinivasa Raju.

            Bhogapuram airport project flies into trouble - The Times of India
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              Traffic way below requisite levels for Vizag metro rail

              VISAKHAPATNAM: Does the Port City really need a metro rail project? Not really, suggest the findings of the traffic survey conducted as part of the groundwork for chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's much-vaunted Vizag Metro Rail project.

              Mass public transport system projects like the metro rail are based on the passengers per hour per direction (PPHPD) value of a city. As per the basic requirements for a metro rail project, a city should have a PPHPD of at least 15,000 for the project to be viable.

              However, according to sources, the traffic survey carried out by an agency appointed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has found that Vizag has a maximum PPHPD of just 11,000.

              What is more surprising is that hardly 10% of the spots along the three proposed corridors have a PPHPD of 11,000 passengers with most of the remaining spots having a poor PPHPD ranging from 5,000 and 8,000 passengers, sources added.

              The areas with a passenger flow of 11,000 PPHPD are NAD Junction on National Highway-16 and Maddilapalem. The areas with the lowest PPHPD is the Old Post Office. Some other spots with less than 10,000 PPHPD are Dwarakanagar, Jagadamba Centre, Thatichetlapalem and Siripuram Junction.

              Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation authorities said they have their fingers crossed that the PPHPD would reach the desired rate by the time the VMR project is completed. "The PPHPD rate in the city will surely reach the desired level in several areas of the city in the next three years," the GVMC officer said. According to DMRC officials, the first phase of VMR is slated to be completed before 2018.

              Prof B Mohan Venkata Ram from Andhra University's department of commerce and management studies, who has conducted research on safety management and public transport, said the PPHPD values could have increased had the previous rulers worked to this end by encouraging use of public transport. However, the rulers have realised the importance of Vizag, which is one of the best generators of economic moments in the country, only after bifurcation.

              "The PPHPD value can reach the desired figure if the work category commuters (public and private sector employees and students) move from personal transport to public transport. Nearly 80% of the work category commuters currently use personal transport in Vizag. They are not willing to switch to public transport due to various reasons, including unreliability of transport. However, Vizag deserves a metro rail project and hopefully the PPHPD will increase as Vizag has been projected as one of smart cities in the country and one of the fastest growing in the country apart from residuary AP's largest city," Venkata Ram explained.

              Traffic way below requisite levels for Vizag metro rail - The Times of India
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              • #57


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                JNNURM housing scheme fails to attract beneficiaries in Visakhapatnam

                VISAKHAPATNAM: Problems continue to plague the housing scheme under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the city.

                Only 6,500 beneficiaries have so far occupied the houses since they were allotted in 2010. The corporation had constructed 14,139 houses and of them, 12,348 were handed over to the beneficiaries. The state government had sanctioned 15320 houses in 39 layouts in the city during 2008. As many as 1791 houses were not allotted due to court cases.

                Sources said 5,848 houses are still vacant with the beneficiaries not coming forward to occupy them. The reasons are many. They include enrolment of bogus beneficiaries and lack of basic facilities like water supply, electricity, roads, drainage, streetlights and community halls.

                CPI leader JV Satyanarayana Murthy said the authorities concerned identified 1.42 lakh people as homeless during 2006-07. Following the survey, the state government had sanctioned the housing scheme under JNNURM in 2008. District CPM secretary Lokanadham said about 20% of the houses were allotted to bogus beneficiaries.

                A house committee was appointed in 2012 to look into the alleged irregularities in the scheme. Pragada Srinivasu, secretary for Association for Regional Tribal Development (urban wing), said, "We have found that a person had bought 35 houses on fictitious names at Pineapple Colony Layout."

                When contacted, GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar said 90 per cent of the work on infrastructure had been completed.

                "We will complete the pending work soon. We have released Rs 1 crore to take up repairs to houses damaged during the cyclone Hudhud," he added.

                JNNURM housing scheme fails to attract beneficiaries in Visakhapatnam - The Times of India
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                  Encroachments eating into Bavikonda Hill?

                  VISAKHAPATNAM: The 2000-year-old Buddhist heritage site on Bavikonda Hill near Bheemili Road seems to be facing a threat of encroachment as a part of the hill, very close to the heritage site, has been fenced off allegedly for private construction activity against archaeological norms.

                  The private site supervisor, who happened to be on the spot when this correspondent visited the place, said a private building is coming up. Sources indicated that a former chief minister's kin owns the government' land but authorities seem to be unaware of the issue.

                  The Bavikonda Buddhist Complex, located atop a 130-metre hill nearly 20 km from the Port City, is one of the four Buddhist heritage sites in the district and is situated close to the Thotlakonda Buddhist heritage site. No tourist could be spotted on the sprawling complex, which houses various kinds of ancient stupas and viharas, but is now overrun by dry reeds. The watchman, Ram Naidu, said, "Hardly any visitors come here. Usually, youngsters carrying liquor bottles frequent the place."

                  Barely a five-minute walk from the heritage site through a red earthen track takes one to a huge fenced plot admeasuring around six-seven acres. When asked about the fenced plot, a person who identified himself as the site supervisor Acchu Babu, said, "Some building is coming up. I'm not sure whether it will be an institute or a residential building."

                  Reliable sources, who visited the site earlier, indicated that one of the persons present there had mentioned that a certain private educational institution, which owns a chain of colleges, might be building a new centre there. Interestingly, the educational institution in question belongs to the kin of a former Andhra Pradesh chief minister. In fact, according to sources, most of the land up the hills between Rushikonda-Bheemili Road are benami property of politicians.

                  The entire hill legally belongs to the state department of archaeology and museums. When asked about the issue, AP State Department of Archaeology and Museums assistant director K Chitti Babu denied any knowledge of upcoming construction activity in the area. "The entire 360 acres belong to our department and is a protected area. The fence could also be a boundary for our site. In case anyone attempts to encroach, action will be taken against them. There are some parcels of land on Bavikonda Hill that were given to private parties earlier by the state government," Chitti Babu admitted.

                  However, when asked Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) member and noted heritage activist Rani Sarma stated, "Whether government or private, nobody is allowed to construct any concrete structure in and around protected areas and certainly not up Bavikonda Hill as it's against archaeological norms. We have to be cautious that no such constructions come up in future either."

                  Encroachments eating into Bavikonda Hill? - The Times of India
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                    NH16 beautification project flayed

                    VISAKHAPATNAM: The proposed beautification of National Highway-16 seems to have run afoul of various political parties, voluntary organisations and the public, all of whom are now demanding that the highway first be expanded to six lanes to resolve the rising traffic woes before it is beautified.

                    As per the plan, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) are to jointly take up the beautification project on a stretch of over 50 km within the GVMC limits.

                    They also expressed doubts about the NH-16 expansion works, which were approved by the Central government in 2012. As part of this, the existing four-lane highway was to be widened to six lanes at an estimated cost of Rs 839 crore.

                    According to sources, three minor bridges on the main carriageway and 10 service roads spanning 81.816 km, eight flyovers, modernisation of 267 junctions, 11 vehicular underpasses, construction of 143 culverts, four truck bays, 25 bus bays on either sides of the highway and 34 bus shelters were to be constructed under the plan that was approved during the tenure of Daggubati Purandeswari as Vizag MP in 2012.

                    The tenders were finalised in August 2012 and a contract was signed with Transstroy India Limited to complete the project within 30 months. However, the contract was cancelled in 2013 as the firm did not adhere to the norms and put many conditions, sources said.

                    "The central and state governments are spending an estimated Rs 100 crore on the beautification project. They should take up the expansion works before beautifying the stretch or else it will just be a waste of money," said former deputy mayor of Vizag, Kotharu Dorababu.

                    "The highway is badly in need of expansion as the vehicle population in the city has crossed seven lakh and traffic to and from Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Gangavaram Port, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, HPCL and other companies has shot up. The presence of industries in and around the city and Vizianagaram are also posing hazards for commuters," said retired IAS officer and Forum for Better Visakha convenor EAS Sarma.

                    "We are not against the beautification project but feel that public money should not be wasted in this manner. At a time when the government is ready to spend thousands of crores of rupees on the metro rail project, it should also think about expanding the highway first to address the increasing vehicular traffic before going ahead with beautification," Uttarandhra Journalist Front secretary N Nageswara Rao said.

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                      Defunct LED streetlights plunging Visakhapatnam's smart future into darkness?

                      VISAKHAPATNAM: The ambitious LED street lighting project of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), which has been taken up in association with the State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) and New Delhi-based Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL), a central public sector undertaking, has failed to yield the desired results in 'smart city' Vizag with nearly 10% of the total lights installed not functioning properly.

                      Some of the areas facing problems are the stretch from VIP Road to Pedawaltair via Siripuram Junction, Peda Waltair to Isukatotha via Sivaji Park, Ushodaya Junction to MVP Double Road, Old Gajuwaka, Maharanipeta, Old Bus Stand, Madhurawada, Kancharapalem, Gnanapuram, East Point Colony, Chinawaltair, Seethammadhara, Narasimha Nagar, Madhavadhara and Murali Nagar.

                      According to officials, as many as 88,000 street lights have been replaced by LED lamps by EESL so far against the first phase target of 91,775 street lights as per the official agreement inked between GVMC and EESL in September last year. In fact, the first phase should have been completed by February this year as per the agreement, but as many as 6775 street lights are yet to be replaced.

                      Complaints about dysfunctional street lights, particularly LEDs, are still pouring in into GVMC's complaints box despite a series of reviews by commissioner Pravin Kumar on the functioning of street lights since he took charge in January this year.

                      Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL, said the main reason for LED bulbs in the streetlights conking off is not manufacturing defects but power supply and infrastructure related issues like power surges, lack of proper cabling, poles, earthing and poor maintenance of transformers. "We have brought those factors to the attention of GVMC and Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited. Regarding installation of the remaining bulbs, GVMC authorities are unable to identify the locations to fix the lights. Stocks are ready with our company and it is now up to the GVMC to act," Saurabh Kumar said.

                      When contacted, P Ananda Rao, superintending engineer (electrical), GVMC, said that nearly 96% of the total 88,000 sodium vapour streetlights that were replaced with LED lamps were functioning in the city as per their survey. "For the remaining 4% lights (3,520), we are taking all possible steps to ensure that they function properly. The remaining streetlights under the first phase of the project will be installed in another 15 days and the second phase of the project, which will cover the BRTS route, will also begin soon," said Rao. Regarding the central monitoring control system, Rao said the system would also be operational in the next one week.

                      Defunct LED streetlights plunging Visakhapatnam's smart future into darkness? - The Times of India
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