Pushkarini in bad condition, says Commissioner

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation will serve notices on the Simhachalam Devasthanam on keeping the ‘Pushkarini' tank at the foothill clean and stop construction of a new guest house till the road before it is widened by the Devasthanam duly obtaining permission from the corporation.

During his visit to Division 72 on Monday, Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu found that the Pushkarini was in a bad condition with people answering calls of nature there.

He spoke to the Executive Officer and informing him of the decision over phone said the tank should be cleaned up to facilitate taking a dip by devotees.

NAD snarl

At NAD Kottha Road, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu directed that a temporary widening of the road be taken up by removing shops and electric poles, until the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) was completed. The Uma Visweswara Kumara Swamy temple's sanctum sanctorum should be retained and the rest of it removed. The Ambedkar statue there should be moved a little. This and other measures should be completed in two days and traffic regulated, he said.

Travels by bus

The Commissioner and other officials boarded city bus No. 60 from Sampat Vinayaka temple to Simhachalam. Mr. Ramanjaneyulu paid the bus fare of all the officials and staff.

He used a bicycle to visit Adavivaram and Pushkarini and other areas.

From Simhachalam he again took 6A bus to reach NAD. After inspection at NAD, he took an autorichsaw to reach his camp office.

The Commissioner and municipal officials have been using bicycles for his visits and other official work on Mondays to conserve fuel by not using official vehicle. Last Monday, he went by autorickshaw to the airport.

While other cities and towns are taking a leaf out of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation book by using bicycles, other government departments were not taking up conservation measures, he said.

Corporator P. Vasanta Kalyani, Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy, Additional Commissioner P. Purnachandra Rao, CMO (H) D.Abbulu, DCR N. Viswanatham and Zone Commissioner R. Somannarayana participated.