The city unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) concluded its 15-day chaitanya yatras covering a distance of 300 k.m. in the city on Tuesday.

The party will organise a maha dharna in front of the Sub-Collector's Office on Wednesday as a culmination of the yatras.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, CPI(M) city secretary R. Raghu and State Committee member Ch. Babu Rao said that they covered all the 59 municipal divisions in the city to identify the problems faced by the people and create awareness among them. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation had utterly failed in meeting the expectations of the people, they said. Pouring out their woes, the people listed problems ranging from street lights to housing.

The roads were in a bad condition and were not re-laid after completion of Under Ground Drainage (UGD) works. In many parts drinking water, UGD, roads, streetlighting, desilting of drains were the main complaints from the public, they said.

Housewives were agitated over reports that the government would do away with the subsidy on LPG.

The government was not supplying kerosene adequately, they observed. The kerosene supply has come down from 7 lakh litre to 3.5 lakh litre.

The 10,000 applications of physically challenged people for pensions were not addressed.

The CPI(M) organised land struggle in 2007. Subsequently, the VMC promised to provide housing to the needy. However, only 5,200 houses had been provided in the last five years, they pointed out.

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