Minister for Roads and Buildings Dharmana Prasada Rao on Thursday said that the government cleared the proposal to lay new roads in Srikakulam town.

While speaking at a meeting organised by the Sistakarana Sangham here, he said the government sanctioned Rs.1.75 lakh for laying a new road between Ramalakshmana junction and Day and Night junction as motorists and pedestrians were put to hardship as the existing road was damaged severely.

Another 40-ft road would be constructed from SBI Main Branch to Rythu Bazar at an estimated cost of Rs. 4 crores. The government was all set to expand the road from Collectorate to Municipal Office to ease the increasing traffic on the stretch.

“We are also constructing a new bridge between Ponnada village and Collectorate with Rs.21 crores. Srikakulam will have a new look after completion of developmental activities,” Mr. Prasada Rao said.

Srikakulam MP Killi Kruparani said all public representatives were trying to put Sistakaranams in the OBC category as many of them were financially backward.

State Sistakaranams Association president Balaga Ganapati Patnaik said their community was in BC category till 1970 but later it had been listed in the OC category.

He urged both the Minister and MP to solve their pending problems.