Bridge, road named after veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao
RAMAPURAM (Krishna district): Roads and Buildings Minister Galla Aruna Kumari on Wednesday announced the naming of a road that connects Ramapuram, the birthplace of veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Nandwada mandal, to Jagannadhapuram as ‘Akkineni Rahadari’ and a bridge constructed across Budameru diversion channel near Ramapuram as ‘Akkineni Varadhi’.
The Minister made this announcement at a meeting organised on the occasion of inauguration of ANR Kala Kendram, a museum about the life and film career of ANR, and laying of foundation stone for a couple of developmental works.
The works included renovation of an existing bridge on Dosapadu channel on Aripirala-Ramapuram road at a cost of Rs.32 lakh and construction of a retaining wall on Ventrapragada-Kudaravalli road at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. She said a GO had already been issued for the naming of the road and the bridge after ANR.
Ms. Aruna Kumari said her family had close personal ties with ANR’s family as her father Rajagopala Naidu held the actor in high esteem. “I still remember how he (ANR) walked through the streets in Chittoor seeking contributions from the public to fight drought in Rayalaseema districts, when I was a child,” she recalled.
Actor Sumanth, obliging the people who sought his speech, said he loved coming to his grandfather’s birthplace. “While coming from Gudivada grandfather showed me the places where I rode a bicycle. I could not come last time when grandfather participated in Janmabhoomi programmes as I was still studying,” he said.
The programmes were attended by former Minister Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao, District Collector Peeyush Kumar, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Kukkala Nageswara Rao, Vice-Chairperson T. Padmavathi, Gudivada MLA Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao, Sri Ramananda Tirtha Institute Chairman M. Sudarshan Reddy, Director Kishore Reddy, dentist A.S. Narayana and villager Atluri Swamy, both of whom were childhood friends of ANR and coordinated the programmes.
As soon as the Minister arrived in the village, the local people drew her attention to the problem of bad roads in the village by holding placards with their demands.
The Minister pacified them and assured to lay the roads. Mr. Narayana said such minor demands could have been brought to his notice, as he had provided many facilities to the village and would not hesitate to do more.
He told the villagers that it was not proper on their part to demonstrate when their ‘son of the soil’ (ANR) came to visit them.
The dignitaries earlier inaugurated an oral health camp at the local school for children, which was organised by the Sai Oral Health Foundation.