Union Minister inaugurates flyover named after Rajasekhara Reddy
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah doing his best to fully utilise JNNURM funds, she says
Says she is willing to promote tourism in Kakinada if local MP forwards any proposal
Kakinada: Union Minister for Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja says Andhra Pradesh has been making the best use of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and it is at the top in tourism development.
Projects worth Rs. 60,000 crores, including Rs. 4,000 crores in Andhra Pradesh, are being implemented under JNNURM. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah is doing his best to fully utilise the funds being raised under the JNNURM.
Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a flyover bridge near the RTC bus station here named after former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday, Ms. Selja said Andhra Pradesh had a good potential for development of tourism, particularly along its pristine coastline. She would facilitate tourism development in MP M.M. Pallam Raju's constituency (Kakinada) if he forwarded any proposal. Foreign tourists could be attracted to this beautiful stretch of the East coast and even domestic tourism had rich potential in these parts of the State.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was working day and night for the country's development under the guidance of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and other such flagship schemes of the Central Government were achieving tangible results, she said.
Mr. Pallam Raju said the YSR flyover was the second one to be constructed in Kakinada town 28 years after the first flyover was laid on the main road. The YSR flyover cost Rs. 18 crores. The State government's share was Rs. 12 crores and the balance was borne by the Railways.
State Minister for R&B G. Aruna Kumari said permissions were given for construction of eight railway bridges in East Godavari district in the last two years. Six of them were in different stages of construction. The railway flyover at Sambamurthy Nagar level-crossing in Kakinada was in progress and work on the flyover at Kondayyapalem would commence soon.
Seven roads in the State were being widened to four lanes and two (with paved shoulders) as part of the upgrading and improvement component of the World Bank – funded A.P Road Sector Project. It had been decided to widen the 61.6 km Kakinada – Rajahmundry road at a cost of Rs. 265 crores. Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi, Rajya Sabha member T. Ratnabai, State Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, P Subhaschandra Bose, P. Viswaroop, MLC K.V.V. Satyanarayana Raju, ZP chairman Ch. Venugopala Krishna, MLAs D. Chandrasekhara Reddy, Raja Ashok Babu, Kakinada Mayor K. Saroja and others were present.