City roads were dug up nearly a year ago as part of the underground drainage work. Manholes were provided but the roads were left unrepaired and clumsy. Now, the roads are being dug up again, this time to provide connections to the residents. Well, one can appreciate the efforts of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation although it had first charged the residents heavily for UGD connections and made it available absolutely free of cost much to the dismay of the eager residents cooperating with the GVMC. At least now, the work should be finished quick and sure and the roads re-laid immediately after the work is over, for the convenience of all users.

A homecoming

Going down memory line is a fine feeling. For Chairman of the Railway Board Kalyan Coomar ( he prefers this spelling and not the usual Kumar) Jena, known as KC Jena, his two-day visit to these parts a few days ago is a homecoming. “It is a homecoming for me. I worked as a Divisional Railway Manager here from 1981 to 1985. I still cherish those days and treasure my experiences with my colleagues,” Mr. Jena who heads the largest railway net work in the world, said. He was very happy to see the changes, for the better that is, that had taken place at the railway station. “The change is such that I could not recognize the station premises,” he said. He had patted the officials for bringing about such an excellent change on the station premises and exhorted them to continue their good work.

Follow-up needed

New executive officer of the Simhachalam Devasthanam C. Prem Kumar apparently wants to show the land-encroachers their place. In an innovative protest, he along with the employees of the devasthanam burnt the effigy of `bhoo bakasurudu’ (land encroaching demon) on `Naraka Chaturdasi.’ A procession was taken out and later the effigy was set ablaze amid chanting of Vedic hymns coinciding with the killing of Narakasura, the dreaded demon of the ancient age.

Several hundred acres of land belonging to Lord Varaha Nrusimha Swamy, the presiding deity of Simhachalam, had already gone into the hands of encroachers and everyone hopes that at least now, Mr. Prem Kumar will initiate measures to prevent encroachment.

Prabhakkar Sharma, R. Jagadeeswara Rao and Santosh Patnaik