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Central team to visit city on May 6 and 7, says TSR

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  • VISAKHAPATNAM: The Centre has sanctioned a whopping Rs.193 crores for taking up infrastructure and slum improvement works in 16 poor settlements in various parts of Visakhapatnam.

    Informing this to media persons after reviewing various schemes in the city and elsewhere , Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy said the sanctioning of the amount on April 26 by the union urban development and housing and poverty alleviation ministries was due to the efforts taken by him with them to ensure that all the slum dwellers have pucca houses and see that the steel city becomes one of the most developed and beautiful cities of the country.

    He also arranged a meeting of GVMC Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena with the officials of the two ministries in Delhi recently.

    Over 5.96 lakh (40 per cent) of the 14.5 lakh population in the city are still living in 472 slums/poor settlements in various parts of the city, he said.

    The Minister said a central team consisting of officials from the two ministries would visit Vizag on May 6 and 7 for an on the spot assessment of situation in the slums and to guide the local officials to prepare new proposals for urban poor upliftment.

    The team would also study the proposal to introduce the Rs.453 crore bus rapid transport system connecting Pendurthy and Simhachalam.

    Besides, he has also invited Railway Board Chairman to visit Visakhapatnam in June first week to study improvement plans for city railway station and to sort out various issues relating to Waltair division pending with the East Coast Railway.

    Dr. Reddy said he had taken up with the union tribal welfare ministry on the need to expeditiously sanction Rs.16 crores for development of coffee plantations on over 60,000 acres benefiting 60,000 families in the agency areas of the district.