Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in an open letter to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on the eve of his visit to the city, on Thursday broached a dozen issues that need his attention.

CPI (M) State executive member Ch. Babu Rao and city secretary R. Raghu, even while welcoming Mr. Rosaiah on his first visit to the city after assuming new responsibilities, reminded him of the problems the people of Vijayawada were facing and the promises made to them by the Congress leaders at the time of elections.

First of the issues raised in the letter is the tremendous inconvenience caused to a huge number of pilgrims coming for a darshan of goddess Kanakadurga during the Dasara festival days. The CPI (M) leaders brought to the notice of the Chief Minister the total ‘lack of coordination’ between the different government departments in catering to the needs of the pilgrims.

The letter sought to draw the Chief Minister’s attention to the alleged disappearance of the jewels that belong to the Sivarama Kshetram and some rich people in the city enjoying the fruits of Endowment Department’s properties at very low lease rates.

The JNNURM works in the city coming to a grinding halt due to the stoppage of release of the State government’s share of money and the refusal of municipal contractors to do works as lakhs of rupees was pending to them from the Municipal Corporation and State government in the form of unpaid bills, were also mentioned in the letter.

The inundation of low-lying areas in One Town due to choking of an important drain, the ever-impending threat from the waters of Budameru rivulet, the pending promise to give 30 kg rice for white-cardholders, the scrapping of G.O. 166 to give house site pattas to hundreds of families living on hillslopes and other government lands and establishment of a super-specialty hospital in the city were some of the other issues that were raised in the letter to the Chief Minister.