Minister for Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao has said that he is committed to integrated development of the city. He reviewed the progress of various development works taken up by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation at Gajuwaka Zonal Office on Saturday.

He inspected the supply of water from the Kanithi Balancing Reservoir and the quality of water and expressed satisfaction. He said that plans were formulated for desilting of the Mudasarlova Reservoir and continual supply of water.

The Raiwada pipeline works would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.250 crore to meet future drinking water needs of the city. He said that drinking water and industrial needs of the city would be augmented through diversion of Godavari water to the city at an estimated cost of Rs.1,900 crore.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao said a proposal was submitted to the Chief Secretary for a Metro Rail project in the city in view of the growing transportation need. The project was estimated to cost Rs.30 crore per km. He said a park and a burial ground would be set up in each of the 72 wards in the city as part of the beautification project.

The Minister said that 80 per cent of the BRTS works was completed and commended the GVMC Commissioner and his staff for their efforts.