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TAKING STOCK: Visakhapatnam district Collector Praveen Prakash holding a review meeting with district officials in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
TAKING STOCK: Visakhapatnam district Collector Praveen Prakash holding a review meeting with district officials in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

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Progress will be reviewed every week, says Visakhapatnam District Collector

50 out of 178 acres allotted for Apparel Park is involved in litigationDistrict administration is sensitive to the needs of girijansITDA spending some Rs. 15 crores every year on development works

VISAKHAPATNAM: The progress of court cases related to land for the Apparel Park, the IT Tower and the old Central Prison site will be reviewed every week to avoid delay in executing the projects, according to District Collector Praveen Prakash.

''All the court cases are being reviewed and the stress is on cases like the aforementioned. The projects are for larger interest of people. Any delay in executing the project should be avoided. By reviewing the progress of cases every week, we can avoid any delay on our part if there is any,'' Mr. Praveen Prakash told The Hindu on Monday. About 50 acres of land out of the 178 acres allotted to the Apparel Park, the 11 acres of land earmarked for the IT Park opposite the Port Trust Chairman's Bungalow and the 25 acres of old prison site were involved in litigation.

Civil suit

A civil suit was filed claiming that the land in the case of Apparel Park was not acquired. A private company contested that the 11 acres of land allotted for the IT Park was not declared as excess under the Urban Land Ceiling Act and a former trustee of a temple wanted the court to allow him to develop the old prison premises instead of the Government doing so.

The district administration was sensitive to the needs of girijans and rehabilitation of the villagers to be affected by the bauxite mining would be an opportunity to exhibit the Government's resolve to adopt an 'inclusive model' of relief and rehabilitation, Mr. Praveen Prakash said.

''Many girijan youths have passed out from Ashram schools, colleges, ITIs and polytechnics and there are also qualified engineers. We want to see girijans employed at every level in the bauxite project. We don't want them to miss out on anything. What they need is proper training and orientation. In this direction, we have arranged training programme for 100 tribal youths to be readily employed in the project,'' the Collector said.

Gain for panchayats

The 14 gram panchayats where mining was planned would be benefited financially, too, as each of them would receive Rs.1 crore as their share of licence fee and gross revenue.

While the Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Paderu, was spending Rs.14 crores to Rs.15 crores every year on development works, the 14 panchayats put together would receive equal amount, he pointed out.


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