Assuring that the good work initiated by his predecessor would continue, M.V. Satyanarayana on Monday took over as Commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

In tune with the practice initiated by outgoing Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu that Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation officials should not use their cars as an environment-friendly measure, Mr. Satyanarayana came by a mini bus accompanied by some officials from the Port Guest House.

Mr. Ramanjaneyulu, as had been his practice for the past several months, came by bicycle to the office from his bungalow and after handing over charge pedalled his way back.

Mr. Satyanarayana told reporters that he would try his best to meet people’s expectations in providing all services and amenities from the corporation.

On pending projects taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission, he said there were several problems including funds.

A road-map would be prepared, funds tapped and work would be completed in a reasonable timeframe continuously monitoring progress.

On the water supply situation, Mr. Satyanarayana said the per capita supply was a little less and steps would be taken after studying the levels in the reservoirs.

When asked whether he would face the same problem with regard to appointment of the new District Collector, his junior, as special officer, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said the issue ended with him.

He thanked the people of Visakhapatnam for giving him an opportunity to serve them and hoped his successor, an experienced bureaucrat, would further develop the city. On his part, Mr. Satyanarayana said the feedback he received from people, the press and superiors was that Mr. Ramanjaneyulu had done good work and it would be continued.

Before his new assignment here, the 56-year-old Mr. Satyanarayana, a 1993 batch IAS officer, was Joint Collector, Srikakulam, and Collector, Karimnagar. He was Commissioner, Survey and Land Records Department, in Hyderabad, before his posting here.

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