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Oct 2, 2015
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Oct 13, 2015
Specials for Dasara
RTC to operate buses to variouscities to clear festival rush. Special buses will also be operated from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada and Rajahmundry
The Visakhapatnam region of APSRTC will operate 20 special buses from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam on October 20 and 21 and a special service each from Bengaluru and Chennai to Visakhapatnam on October 20 to clear the rush of passengers coming home for the Dasara vacation.
Special buses will also be operated from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada and Rajahmundry, depending on the festival rush. Special services have also been arranged for the convenience of those returning after the festival. A total of 20 special services to Hyderabad, 15 to Vijayawada, two to Chennai and one to Bengaluru will be operated from Vizag on October 24 and 25.
â€œThe special buses to be operated are super luxury, deluxe and metro luxury (AC sitting). Additional fares would be collected on the special buses in accordance with the existing government rules. The special buses are being operated in addition to the existing services. More special services will be arranged based on the demand,â€ says Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Rural) M. Sudhabindu. One can visit the websitewww.apsrtconline.infor booking and online reservations.
â€œLast week (October 8), Bhuvan Kumar, my friend from Kolkata, wanted me to take him to Araku. I suggested train journey as one can enjoy the mountain journey on the marvellous K-K line. Luckily, we got reserved seats in the Chair,â€ says Daniel of Visakhapatnam.
â€œWe were lucky to get seats in a coach manufactured in 2015 as remaining coaches looked very old. As it is the peak season, a large number of passengers were hanging at the door. We could get hardly anything to eat till Borra Guhalu station. Passengers have to go hungry, if they do not carry eatables,â€ he says.
Many passengers felt that refreshment stalls should be made available at every station or else a pantry car of on board refreshments should be arranged as tourists are unable to get food once the train leaves Visakhapatnam station.
The 58501 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger has only 11 coaches, which is grossly inadequate to meet the demand. A vestibule train or another train has to be introduced to Araku by the East Coast Railway, he says. The railways have failed to capitalise on the demand by attaching more coaches. They seem to be more interested in freight rather than providing better amenities to passengers, he says.
source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...ials-for-dasara/article7756168.ece?ref=tpnews
Dec 6, 2015
Amaravati Outer Ring road
Jan 5, 2016
River-linking key to tackling drought in State, says Naidu
Stressing the need to interlink the rivers, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said that the linking of the Godavari, Krishna and Penna rivers would solve the problems arising from the drought and low rainfall conditions in the State, especially in the upland areas.
As part of his two-day visit to the Nellore district, Mr. Naidu took part in various programmes on Sunday and stayed for the night at Kavali. Before embarking on his journey to take part in programmes in Prakasam district, the Chief Minister spoke to the media on a range of issues. Mr. Naidu interacted with the party leaders and activists belonging to Kavali area and also released the party calendar brought out by the party local unit.
Referring to the water shortage problems in Udayagiri area, Mr. Naidu said the government was seriously considering linking the Krishna with the Penna rivers as well. Stating that the management of water resources was crucial for the prosperity of rural areas, Mr. Naidu said a robust irrigation system would be developed in phases in sync with the welfare schemes such as NTR Jalasiri, Deepam gas connections and houses construction schemes. Mr. Naidu said that under the NTR Vaidya Seva, a fund of Rs. 800 to Rs. 900 crore would be spent to provide quality healthcare to the poor. Through the bio-metric system, the duties of the doctors at government hospitals would be monitored, adding that they should render their services without fail from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mr. Naidu said that it was proposed to provide funds and construct toilets for the rural poor under the Swachch Bharath campaign, adding that NRIs were showing interest in joining the government efforts to make rural areas more developed.
Under NTR Vaidya Seva, Rs. 800 to Rs. 900 crore will be spent to provide quality healthcare to the poor, says the CM
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...rought-in-state-says-naidu/article8066392.ece
Polavaram will be completed by 2018, says CM
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu asserted that the Polavaram project would be completed by 2018 and all efforts were being made towards that endeavour. It would be the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh by creating lakhs of acres of additional ayacut, he asserted.
Participating in the â€˜Janmabhoomi â€“ Maa Vooruâ€™ programme at Chenchupet here on Monday, Mr. Naidu said works were going on at a brisk pace on the Polavaram Right Main Canal and the main project (Polavaram dam) would be completed as per the schedule in spite of some hurdles.
The Chief Minister said Tenali was a part of the capital region of A.P and that Vijayawada would be developed as the City of Canals. A 220 km-long outer ring road would connect Vijayawada, Guntur, and Tenali which form the core of the erstwhile VGTM Urban Development Authority. Regarding development of the Capital city, Mr. Naidu said he had the experience of transforming Hyderabad into a global city and expressed confidence that the capable officers and supportive public of Andhra Pradesh would help in realising the collective dream of shaping up the capital region into the worldâ€™s best.
â€œWe suffered a major setback due to bifurcation but we have the resources that can catapult A.P to the league of developed statesâ€, he added.
Earlier in the morning, Mr. Naidu inaugurated Dhulipalla Veeraiah Chowdary Cultured Milk Products Block at Sangam Dairy at Vadlamudi village.
Inland waterway set to become a reality: Uma
An inland waterway is being planned from Pulichintala Project to Prakasam Barrage, a distance of 85 km, in the first phase and 2016 end has been set as the deadline for its completion, Minister for Major Irrigation Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has said.
Speaking to The Hindu on Saturday, the Minister said in the second phase inland waterways would be developed from Vijayawada to Kakinada in two years and the project would be completed by 2018.
He said the waterways would be designed in such a way that boat having the capacity to carry 100 metric tonnes would be able to float in these waterways.
The delay in the modernisation of the deltas was a boon because several structures would have had to be demolished for widening. Now bigger structures like bridges and navigation locks could be built directly, he said.
He said that the inland waterway from Pulichintala would come in handy to bring in material for the construction of the new capital from the cement factories at Jaggayyapeta.
The construction of Polavaram Dam was the number one priority of the State government, the Minister said.
â€œCompletion of Polavaram dam is top on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naiduâ€™s priority list. He is going to monitor progress in the project personally. He is going to have a review meeting once a week,â€ Mr Umamaheswara Rao said.
He said that L&T had been entrusted the job of completing the spillway works which involved digging of 100 metres deep into the river bed.
The Minister said that the State would require between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 4,000 crore for making progress in the irrigation sector.
A feasibility study was being made for another barrage upstream Amavarati and studies were being made with a probable maximum flood of 16 lakh cusecs. The barrage would have the capacity to hold another 3 tmc ft of water, the Minister said.
The Dredging Corporation of India agreed to prepare a plan for the dredging of Krishna River upstream of Prakasam barrage for sand that could be used for the construction of the capital.
Work would be taken up to increase the capacity of Jalleru Dam on Godavari River to 20 to 30 tmc ft, he said.
In the pipeline
85-km waterway to be developed upstream Prakasam Barrage
Inland waterway from Vijayawada to Kakinada in the second phase
Feasibility study is being done for another barrage upstream Amavarati
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...et-to-become-a-reality-uma/article8066380.ece
Jan 14, 2016
Partnership summit a success, but scepticism remains
There is a yawning gap between the signing of MoUs and the actual grounding of the projects and Andhra Pradesh is no exception to it
: For a State just taking its first baby steps putting behind the loss of Hyderabad, unfair bifurcation and a deficit budget, hosting a big ticket investment-attracting event like CII Partnership Summit requires lot of nerve. Yet vintage Chief Minister, N. Chandababu Naidu showed he still has loads of it and pulled off a coup of sorts by assembling the captains of industry in Visakhapatnam and wheedling them into signing â€œ331 MoUs involving investment of Rs. 4 lakh crore having the potential to create employment for 10 lakh people.â€
Reminiscent of the way he doggedly pursued Bill Gates to locate Microsoft, its first development centre outside Redmond in the US or the Ambanis to have ISB, both in Hyderabad, Mr. Naidu showed his resolve in branding and promoting â€œSunrise Andhra Pradeshâ€ as the best investment destination. The basket of MoUs signed encompassed all sectors, Rs. 1.54 lakh crore in energy, Rs. 43,000 crore in housing, Rs. 40 000 crore in infrastructure, Rs. 6,455 cr ore in mining and Rs. 3,168 crore in IT.
Among the companies public sector RINL plant in Vizag took the cake with Rs.38,500 crore for modernisation and expansion, Reliance Groupâ€™s Rs. 5,000 crore for naval shipbuilding facility again near Vizag, Rs. 7,500 crore by Hudco in the capital Amaravati, Rs. 8,500 crore by Jasan Infra and Rs, 33,000 crore by Consortium of Construction Companies of China.The list of MoUs looks impressive and if such summits are all about showcasing the Stateâ€™s potential and policies, Mr. Naidu exploited it to the hilt pledging to clear investment proposals within 21 days and listing out how the State had a land bank of 7 lakh acres, ensured round-the-clock power supply, abundant water and a long 974-km-long coastline waiting to be tapped. He offered virtually everything on a platter to the investor.
Mr. Naidu said the response from the investors was overwhelming. Enthused, he declared that the next summit would also be in Vizag.
â€œAP has achieved a growth rate of 11 per cent and is poised to reach 14 to 15 per cent mark. The World Bank has ranked AP second in ease of doing business. Our vision is to make AP rank among the top three States by 2022 and top economy with highest happiness index by 2029â€¦.â€, he added. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shared his optimism when he said with an expected growth rate of 14 per cent AP would soon become ideal destination for investors and praised Mr. Naidu for his visionary leadership.
Paeans over a successful edition apart and notwithstanding the all-pervasive optimism, Mr. Naidu would have to prove the sceptics wrong. This scepticism is not without reason. May it be Vibrant Gujarat, Lead West Bengal or Advantage Karnataka, all similar summits, the strike rate has been rather poor. There is a yawning gap between the signing of MoUs and the actual grounding of the projects. In the case of Vibrant Gujarat, MoUs inked for over Rs. 20-lakh-crore investment only about 10 per cent of projects have fructified.
The Congress there has put it at seven per cent. In West Bengal and in Karnataka, the conversion rate was much less, hovering around 7 per cent.
The undivided APâ€™s track record too was no different. The previous three such â€œsuccessful summitsâ€ held during Mr. Naiduâ€™s tenure till 2004, the strike rate was put at 6.5 per cent.
The rate would have surely plummeted further for the last CII partnership summit in the undivided State in Hyderabad in 2012, when the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government signed 243 MoUs with investment plans for Rs. 6.47 lakh crore though no one even tried to estimate with the State plunging into bifurcation crisis.
The 2012 summit was criticised on other grounds like inclusion of Rs. 1.25 lakh-crore plans of public sector units, expansion proposal of RINL plant in Vizag, old agreements and those pertaining to even electricity sub stations apparently just to boost the investment figures.
No surprise, the Opposition YSR Congress has demanded a white paper on the signing of MoUs while Congress leaders ridiculed Mr. Naiduâ€™s claims of growth rate and wondered how would anybody invest when work on capital city is yet to take off. How can he get investments when he has failed to make the Centre honour its promises on Special Category Status and more incentives to industry. They want him to avoid going on â€œsign MoUs spreeâ€ and focus on â€œdeliverablesâ€ like single window clearance, land without litigations, evolve online payment of taxes, deadline- driven building permission as also supply of power and water.
Source : Thehindu
Craze for fancy kite flying growing in A.P.
Fancy kites are back again this festival season. This time, kites featuring images of Prime Minister â€˜Narendra Modiâ€™ are the flavour during â€˜Sankranti Sambaraluâ€™ in Andhra Pradesh.
Kites made with a theme â€˜Mana Amaravatiâ€™ and â€˜Mana Rajadhaniâ€™ (Our Amaravati Our Capital) are selling like hotcakes at the make-shift stalls all over Vijayawada. In addition to the cover and paper-made kites available in the market, Chhota Bheem and Spiderman kites were also introduced to attract buyers, says a kite-seller Vinnakota Ramesh.
Compared to last year, the craze among students has gone up this season and a majority of them are evincing interest to buy fancy kites.
A few TDP leaders from Guntur district placed an order for making 100 kites with â€˜Our Amaravati Our Capitalâ€™ theme. â€œWe delivered kites to the client and displayed some kites at the counters to attract customers. Within no time, the kites were sold,â€ explains Mr. Ramesh, who put up a stall at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation (IGMC) stadium.
The price of these kites ranges from Rs. 10 to Rs. 30. According to him, 100 metres of â€˜manjaâ€™, an abrasive string used for flying kites, is sold at Rs. 40 while complete â€˜manjaâ€™ winder for Rs. 600 and thread for more than Rs. 40. Fifty varieties of kites, thread, winder and â€˜manjaâ€™, are bought from Dhoolpet in Hyderabad and Jaipur in bulk.
Jan 28, 2016
Govt. announces list of first 20 smart cities under 'Smart Cities Mission'
The list of 20 smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the 'Smart Cities Mission' was released on Thursday. These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kickstarting the process of developing them into 'smart cities'. The next two years will see the inclusion of 40 and 38 cities, respectively.
A 'smart city' is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents. There are many technological platforms involved, including but not limited to automated sensor networks and data centres.
Of the 98 cities and towns that five years down will graduate into smart cities, 24 are capital cities, another 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are culture and tourism influenced areas, five are port cities and three are education and health care hubs.
These will be the first 20 smart cities in India:
1 Bhubaneswar, Odisha
2 Pune, Maharashtra
3 Jaipur, Rajasthan
4 Surat, Gujarat
5 Kochi, Kerala
6 Ahmedabad, Gujarat
7 Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
8 Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
9 Solapur, Maharashtra
11 Indore, Madhya Pradesh
12 New Delhi Municipal Corporation
13 Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
14 Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
15 Belagavi, Karnataka
16 Udaipur, Rajasthan
17 Guwahati, Assam
18 Chennai, Tamil Nadu
19 Ludhiana, Punjab
20 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Source: The Hindu
State govt. rolls out the red carpet to overseas Telugus
Naidu declares open Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Corporation
Andhra Pradesh has thrown its doors wide open to the Telugu diaspora and is all set to embrace the community with open hands.
The Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu (NRT) Corporation was formally declared open by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday. He also launched the corporationâ€™s website and mobile application.
Endowed with rich resources, both economic and knowledge, the Telugus have always been in the forefront to contribute to their motherland.
While the Janmabhoomi programme, during the previous TDP regime, proved to be a success in roping in the NRIs, the present regime had come up with new, transparent, adaptable, and a predictable platform so that the system functioned within the governmental framework.
Mr. Naidu assured all help from the government for the non-resident industrialists and entrepreneurs coming forward to invest in their State.
He expected the smart village programme to get the much-needed shot in the arm with the involvement of the NRTs.
Ministers Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy (Environment and Forest), P. Narayana (Municipal Administration), and Ganta Srinivasa Rao (Higher Education), and TANA office-bearers Satish Vemana and Jayaram Komati hoped that the corporation would act as a mutually beneficial platform to facilitate cultural exchange between the State and its citizens living outside.
Source : Thehindu