Staff Reporter

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M. Veerappa Moily will address a convention of Visakha Welfare Federation (VWF) here on July 13.

A host of Congress leaders including Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy, PCC president D. Srinivas and State Ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana, Konathala Ramakrishna and Botsa Satyanarayana will attend.

Mr. Jaipal Reddy is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for Rs.200-crore Bus Rapid Transport System in the city the same day. The funds for the project are granted under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission (JNNURM).

Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister T. Subbarami Reddy said the VWF was formed with the initiative of TSR Seva Peetham to carry out welfare activities in all the 72 wards. The newly elected office-bearers of the federation from all the wards would attend the convention. The ward committees would execute various activities.

Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, Sri Swaroopanandendra Saraswathi of Sri Sarada Peetham, VWF president D. Varada Reddy, MLAs Dronamraju Srinivas and Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy and PCC general secretary Y. Maria Das were present.

Mr. Subbarami Reddy said he would spend his own funds for taking up various welfare activities in the slums like performing eye operations for old persons and rendering medical help through mobile vans.

He said after his initiative, 24,000 slum-dwellers had been sanctioned houses under the JNNURM and the remaining 14,000 would also get houses within nine months.

Central varsity

He said the land acquisition process for the Central University in the city had been taken up and efforts were on to start it in rented buildings from next academic year. The Central University would have world-class infrastructure like Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford and it would involve an expenditure of Rs.4,000 crores.

The MP said allotment of 600 acres would be made within two to three months and the focus for various courses would on vocational courses.

Airport terminal

To a question, he said the Navy had agreed to spare more manpower to operate 24-hour airport following the intervention of Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

The terminal building would be inaugurated by December to start air connectivity with Singapore and Hong Kong.

On the proposed merger of the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited and National Mineral Development Corporation to overcome RINL’s raw material problem, he said another proposal was to offload 25 per cent equity in RINL by NMDC and vice versa for mutual benefit.