The formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to run the Bus Rapid Transit System will be formalised by February 15. The SPV comprises GVMC, RTC and VUDA.

Though the SPV had been formed on paper, getting down to work had become imperative as the work on the two corridors was going on at a good pace, GVMC Commissioner V.N. Vishnu told reporters here. The constituents have to contribute a corpus of Rs.1 crore each to the SPV.

On the ongoing work on the corridors, he said religious structures would be shifted in consultation with local people.

A sub-station on the Adavaviram corridor is being shifted on turnkey basis. He saw scope for the two BRTS corridors to become model ones with the picturesque Simhachalam hill and reserve forest abutting them. Some of the grievances received on Monday related to compensation of land or TDR in the BRTS work.

Quoting a latest report released by the District Collector, Mr. Vishnu said the urban population 27.8 per cent now was estimated to increase to 39.94 per cent. With the Anandapuram-Anakapalle road proposed for six-laning, once the Roads and Buildings Department got approval for its part of the Bhimili-Visakhapatnnam road connectivity would vastly improve. Extending BRTS corridor from Adavivaram to Gopalapatnam would complete a circular route.

Four-lane road

Besides, a four-lane road from Sontyam to Adavivaram Junction would help develop the layouts on the periphery. To take care of the water needs, it is important that storage space is created for the 23 tmcft of Godavari water that is earmarked for the city’s needs in the Polavaram Left Canal project. A proposal to utilise abandoned tanks had been discussed with the Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration. Detailed project reports will be sent to the Government soon. The idea was to create storage for at least 5 tmcft by 2015, Mr. Vishnu revealed.

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