It may be surprising, but the VGTMUDA Board has not met during last one year. Consequently, decisions on many crucial issues are pending in Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority.

The last Board meeting was held on April 17, 2012. The State Government issued a GO more than a year ago expanding the horizons of the UDA. It is, however, unable to draw the master plans in the extended jurisdiction for various reasons, foremost issue being the approval of appointment of a consultant to prepare the master plans. A consultant has been identified, but the Board has to formally approve it for him to commence the work.

Withdrawal of land acquisition notification issued for Ambapuram Township, another major issue came for discussion during last Board meeting, but it was kept in abeyance for want of information.

The proposals made by Assembly Speaker, MP and MLAs are also pending. Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao has deposited, source say, Rs.65 lakh as contribution from MP LADS, to lay an approach road to Pedakakani Temple in Gutur district. The money was transferred when S.A.M Rizvi, former Krishna District Collector, was chairman of the Board.

Speaker Nadenda Manohar has asked the UDA to construct drains in SC Colony in his constituency and assured to earmark funds from Assembly constituency development funds. Vijayawada (West) MLA Velampalli Srinivas Rao made a proposal to lay roads to Wholesale market and Housing Board.

No action, however, has been taken for want of Board approval. The Government has not constituted the Board ever since the nominated body chaired by Kolli Sarada in 2003 expired. Vijayawada (Central) MLA Malladi Vishnu headed the Board for four years though no other members were nominated.

The present official board comprises of Chairman (Krishna District Collector), Vice-chairman, VMC Commissioner, Director of Town and Country Planning, Additional Secretary (Finance).

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