Staff Reporter

Project being readied to evacuate them, says CPI(M)

VISAKHAPATNAM: Opposing any move to relocate people living on the hill-slopes in the city and its surroundings, the CPI(M) city unit has alleged that a project is being readied to evacuate them and wants it to be made public.

Party city secretary K. Lokanadham and district secretariat member Ganga Rao told reporters here on Wednesday that, of late, amenities were not being provided to people living there. Also, construction of retaining walls and steps, provision of drinking water and electricity was also not being taken up.

The earlier practice of sanctioning houses in various government schemes to those living on the hill-slopes was done away with on the pretext that the Simhachalam Devasthanam had to settle the dispute.

The municipal corporation should take up construction of retaining walls with technical inputs rather than citing accidents as a reason to shift them, Mr. Lokanadham said.

The party put the number people living on the hill-slopes, from Hanumathavaka to Simhachalam, at Malkapuram and from Himachalnagar to Kakarlova at some 2 lakhs.

Dairy issue

CITU district assistant secretary G. Subba Rao alleged that while contributions were collected from farmers and Visakha dairy workers for a hospital and a school, attempts were being made to hand them over to private agencies.

He also alleged irregularities in regularising contract workers. Accusing the chairman of running the dairy as a private property, he wanted the government and the district administration to intervene and set things right.

CITU district vice-president M.B. Radhakrishna said though a month had elapsed since the submission of a memorandum to the Chief Minister with 50 lakh signatures to improve the lot of workers in the unorganised sector, no action followed.

To press for job security, PF and other benefits, a protest would be organised on November 27 by laying siege to the Collectorate.

Water supply sought

Residents of hill-slopes in Lakshminagar and Indiranagar in Gopalapatnam area went on a protest, led by the CPI(M), seeking drinking water supply to them.

The protestors barged into the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation office to represent their woes.

They submitted a memorandum to municipal commissioner N. Srikant.