Orders will be issued soon for construction of a flyover at Benz Circle at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 crore and funds earmarked from various sources for the establishment of a super-specialty hospital in the city, said Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Thursday.

The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating 2,336 houses constructed in G+3 model under the BSUP sub-mission of JNNURM at Vambay colony.

Addressing the public meeting held in the colony of houses, Mr. Rosaiah said that another 11,000 houses were under construction at an estimated cost of Rs. 259 crore as part of the project. Asking the officials to ensure that the work was completed as per schedule, the Chief Minister said that any delay would only increase the cost and reduce the usefulness of the project.

The Chief Minister said that the funds required for the construction of a super-speciality hospital in the city could be procured from the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam.

“With the blessings of goddess Kanakadurga the funds for the super-speciality hospital will soon be available,” he said. The issue will be settled on February 10 when he would have a meeting with the officials of the Endowments Department and the Devasthanam.

Mr. Rosaiah said the city had been sanctioned Rs. 1,500 crore for works under JNNURM. Only Rs. 450 crore had been released until now and the rest would be released in a phased manner. Funds would be released when officials produce the required “utilisation certificates”. Officials should ensure that the works continued without any interruption.

He said Vijayawada was among the cities like Visakhapatnam, Warangal and Tirupati that needed to be developed in the State after Hyderabad. Vijayawada was important also because it was a centre of political activity. Saying that he had a special place in his heart for the city, Mr. Rosaiah recalled that he came here frequently as a student activist. “I am from this region and have interest in its development,” he said.

Plaques unveiled

At the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium, the Chief Minister unveiled seven plaques for six inaugurations and one foundation laying.

The inaugurations pertained to one 11-MGD water treatment plant at K.L. Rao Head Water Works (Rs.16.61 crore) and five elevated water reservoirs located at the stadium, Ramalingeswara Nagar, Madhura Nagar, New Rajarajeswaripet and Ramakrishnapuram (all put together Rs.15.47 crore).

Foundation was laid for another reservoir to come up at Chuttugunta for Rs.1,500 KL (Rs.2.8 crore). At Ajit Singh Nagar, Mr. Rosaiah laid the foundation stone for the inner ring road project.

Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu, MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and Mayor M.V.Ratna Bindu spoke. District in-charge Minister Pedireddi Ramachandra Reddy, Minister K. Parthasarathy, Collector Peeyush Kumar, a large number of officials, elected representatives and leaders of the Congress party were present.

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