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MLA addresses meeting of Town Development Committee

Rs. 16 crores sanctioned for construction of overhead tanks, filter beds, pipelines etc Plan to make the town dustbin-freeRs. 30 lakhs sanctioned for development of parksPeople asked to pay their taxes regularly

ONGOLE: Efforts are being made to develop infrastructure within one year to supply drinking water every day to people of Ongole town, said MLA, Balineni Sreenivasa Reddy.

Addressing a meeting got up by the Ongole Town Development Committee here on Tuesday, Mr. Sreenivasa Reddy said that Ongole had been included among the towns where it was envisaged to supply drinking water to people every day.

So the Government had sanctioned Rs. 16 crores for construction of overhead tanks, filter beds, pipelines etc to augment water supply in the town.

He said soon after winning the municipal elections, the Congress-I had decided to supply water once in two days to people. But as people wanted the municipal officials to avoid supply of water at odd hours, it was decided to continue supply of water once in three days, he said.

The officials were trying to make Ongole a dustbin-free town on the lines of Suryapet. They had already distributed 13,000 plastic bags for collection of garbage at the doorstep. Efforts were being made to supply 27,000 more plastic containers to people in the next one month to do away with dustbins at street corners.

Rs. 2 cr. for auditorium

An auditorium is being constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crores in Ongole. While members of Parliament have agreed to contribute Rs. 1 crore from MPLADs, donations would be collected from philanthropic persons to raise the balance.

Municipal Chairman Bapatla Hanumantha Rao stressed the need to create awareness among people on sanitation. He asked them not to dump garbage in the drains. They should use the plastic containers to segregate organic and inorganic waste for municipal employees to collect the waste directly from their homes. He also asked people to pay their taxes properly. He threatened to reveal the names of persons who owe large amounts of taxes to the municipality.

Municipal Commissioner Challa Anuradha said Rs. 30 lakhs had been sanctioned for development of parks. Work was going on two parks.

Elected

Ongole Town Development Committee elected Alla Venkateswara Rao, Ogirala Radhakrishna Murthi and Kurapati Subbarao as president, general secretary and treasurer for two years.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao requested the municipal officials to develop burial grounds. Dr. Srimannarayana handed over Rs. 50,000 to the committee for undertaking development activities.