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Intends to develop exhibition grounds near 100-ft road on the Nunna-Mustababad route

The society is facing space constraint and traffic problem at Swaraj Maidan

Concern over lack of industrial development in and around Vijayawada

VIJAYAWADA: The Krishna Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition Society is making efforts to locate at least 50 acres of land in the surroundings of the city for organising its annual exhibition in view of the severe space constraint and traffic problem at Swaraj Maidan.

In response to its request for locating the land, Krishna district Collector Peeyush Kumar, who is also president of the Exhibition Society, recently constituted a committee headed by VGTM-UDA Vice-Chairman to survey the surroundings and identify the land. “The committee has identified a few lands here and there, but we are interested in developing the exhibition grounds near the 100-ft road coming up along the Nunna-Mustababad route in view of the potential for development of this area in the future,” said G.V. Rama Rao, secretary of the Exhibition Society, during an interaction with journalists on Wednesday. He said that the Exhibition Society had fixed assets in the form of lands at different places around the city, which was worth about Rs.60 crore, and it intended to dispose them of to acquire about 50 acres at one location for developing exhibition grounds and a few other facilities. A couple of farmers had come forward at Nunna to give 36 acres but more land was required to meet the future needs. Mr. Rama Rao and other office-bearers of the Exhibition Society expressed concern over lack of industrial development in Vijayawada and its surroundings.

They felt that good chunks of lands available with the institutions like the Government Polytechnic College, ESI Hospital, Gunadala and the Department of Labour at Bhavanipuram were not being put to proper use due to lack of coordination among government departments.