Drinking water biggest problem in the district, says Devineni Uma

Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has written an open letter to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy pointing out the problems in the district.

Releasing copies of the letter to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr. Rao said the drinking water was a biggest problem in the district. At Nagayalanka, the women were forced to walk 5 km to fetch a pail of water. The drinking water schemes were not functioning due to power cuts. The bills pertaining to Indiramma houses were not cleared in the last three years. The petitions submitted at Racchabanda were not addressed to, he said.

Referring to black gram farmers’ plight, he said farmers cultivated black gram in 4.10 lakh acre in Rabi season in the district. The yield also doubled apart from acreage of cultivation. The Markfed, however, closed the purchasing centre. So, the Chief Minister was requested to intervene and take immediate steps either to get funds from Nafed or allot funds to the Markfed from market cess to enable the farmers to sell the black gram and maize at minimum support price, he said, adding, mango, maize farmers were also facing similar fate.

The farmers suffered losses in Jal, Thane, Neelam cyclones that hit the district badly. The government announced compensations. But, they were not paid till date, he said.

Referring to garbage problem in the city, the TDP leader said there was no dumping yard in the city. Though the population touched 12 lakhs, there was no dumping yard to dispose of the garbage generated in the city.

The garbage used to be dumped at Rajarajeswaripeta and other areas. The people suffered health problems so there was a need for place away from the city, he said and demanded the Chief Minister to take necessary steps on a war-footing.

Development of Autonagar, completion of delta modernisation works, Pulichintala and Polavaram projects, super specialty hospital in the city were some of the issues raised in the letter.