Staff Reporter

Demonstrations planned in rural areas from February 16 to 20

Kakinada: The district administration has made arrangements to spread awareness about electronic voting machines (EVMs) at the village level from February 16 to 20. Teams of field officers, deputed as per the State Election Commission guidelines, will tour villages and educate voters about EVMs.

Demonstrations are planned in villages and their fringe areas.

Main objective

The objective is to tell people that EVMs are an easy and effective way of conducting polling and counting of votes cast by them.

That the EVM cannot be tampered with is the message sought to be conveyed in a clear manner.

In addition to creating awareness, booth-level meetings of all parties are scheduled to be held on February 14, 15, 21 and 22 to arrive at the final list of voters.

Either the leaders of recognised parties or their agents should be involved to remove any anomalies in the electoral rolls prepared thus far and publication of the final list on February 22.

Monitoring

There should be no room for complacency on the part of the officials / staff concerned in carrying on the exercise or misconceptions among the people, according to Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi.

He has instructed all revenue division officers to personally monitor the voter registration and awareness programmes to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

RIL road project

Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi has ordered that aquaculture ponds and habitations, located in a 2.1-km stretch of Tallarevu-Bhairavapalem road and being expanded by the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), be removed with the people’s consensus and adequate compensation be paid to them. The RIL has completed expansion of the 9.82- km road to 13 metres over a distance of 4.51.

Clearance of the aquaculture ponds and huts in Lakshmipathipuram and Pedavalasa is essential to carry out remaining work, RIL officials have told Collector at a review meeting where he instructed the Revenue, Rural Water Supply, Roads and Buildings, Fisheries Departments and APTransco to take the necessary action.

The Collector has asked the RIL to share the cost (estimated to be Rs. 50 lakhs) of laying a pipeline from Gadimoga to Chinnavalasa for supplying drinking water as it is a difficult proposition for any one of the government departments to bear the entire expenditure. The RIL is already constructing an overhead service reservoir for the purpose.

The Collector has also directed the officials of BNSL and Transco to expedite their shifting works to help RIL expedite the road project.

A dedicated transformer should be provided for the above water reservoir, according to him.