Chief Minister winds up eighth leg of his three-day Indiramma Baata programme
Andhra Pradesh will get a second major port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district with an investment of Rs.7,000 crore, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said on Thursday.
This follows the inter-Ministerial clearance given by the Union government. “Now, the proposal will be placed before the Central Cabinet”, Mr.Reddy said at a press conference while winding up his eighth leg of his three-day Indiramma Baata programme.
Ramayapatnam was shortlisted after examining three sites, including Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district and Duggarajupatnam in Potti Sriramulu Nellore district.
Replying to a question, he made it clear that there was no dearth of funds for capital expenditure to create permanent assets.
Fiscal discipline had to be maintained to keep under check revenue expenditure. Otherwise, the State would stand to lose Central funds, he added.
Ray of hope
Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy saw a ray of hope for the State reeling under severe shortage of power and water for drinking and irrigation with the Srisailam reservoir getting good inflows. He said it was heartening to know that the Srisailam reservoir was receiving 99,000 cusecs on Thursday. This would enable the State to step up hydel power generation, he added.
He dismissed the padayatra by TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu as ‘purposeless’. “'My visit to the villages in eight phases so far is to bride the gap in implementation of developmental and welfare programmes and improve the delivery mechanism. On the other hand, Mr. Naidu is going to the people with nothing positive to offer,” he added. He parried a question whether YSRC leader Sharmila planning a padayatra to reach out to the people in the wake of Mr. Naidu’s padayatra and his Indiramma Baata, indicated mid-term election. He asked Mr. Naidu not to spread canards against the Congress and his government. “He is free go on a padayatra even up to Srikakulam. But it is unfair to belittle the achievements of the Congress government which is striving for all-round development and ensure that all the welfare schemes reached the poor people,” Mr. Reddy said during his interaction with Dalits at S.N.Padu.
Ramayapatnam was shortlisted after examining three sites The proposal will be placed before the Central Cabinet: Chief Minister
Ramayapatnam was shortlisted after examining three sites
The proposal will be placed before the Central Cabinet: Chief Minister