Left parties protested against power tariff hike by the State government during first day of Praja Patham at Narayanapuram Municipal Primary School on Monday. Almost at the end of the meeting when MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao, MLC Kandula Durgesh and Municipal Commissioner M. Jitendra were about to leave the place, CPI workers, particularly women, and CPI(M) leaders entered the school and began shouting slogans against the state government. They stopped the convoy of the MLA and gave a representation, demanding rollback of power tariff hike.

At the Praja Patham meeting, Mr Suryaprakasha Rao said that they wanted to ensure that there was no drinking water problem in divisions 1 to 5 in the city and want to settle major problems during the Praja Patham in these divisions. He said women were sanctioned Rs.19.58 lakh loans at 25 paise interest and government had released all the arrears till last December.

Mr. Durgesh said if women repaid loans on time, their interest would be waived. Commissioner Mr. Jitendra urged people to develop greenery. Rajahmundry Urban incharge Tahasildar Sripallavi said Aadhar cards enrolment was completed 90 per cent in the city.

Observing that there was no shortage of drinking water in the city, MLA D. Chandrasekhar Reddy on Monday said that a special plan of action on water being implemented for the last two months had yielded good result. Addressing the Praja Padham programme at Dairy Farm Centre, Mr. Reddy said that three years ago the Kakinada Municipal Corporation used to supply water through 35-45 tankers to various places daily, but now the number of tankers had been reduced to five a day. “This is because of the sanction of drinking water connections to all the households. Water is being supplied two hours in the morning and one and a half hour in the evening through the pipelines daily,” he said.

Mr. Reddy called upon people to make better use of the ‘Praja Padham' and bring their problems to the notice of the officials and elected representatives who were visiting all the areas during the programme.

Municipal Commissioner V. Ravi Kumar and other officials were present.