Investment of Rs. 10,000 crore was made on development schemes
PULIVENDULA (Kadapa Dt.): A big question mark on the lips of people as they grieve over the untimely death of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is whether the huge development that he initiated in his home town here will continue.
According to Kadapa Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar, there is every reason to carry to its logical end developmental programmes conceived by Dr. Reddy for the district in general and Pulivendula in particular as they targeted the common public.
Never in history, he said the district had seen so much development within a short span of time as in the last five years. The Collector also said an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore was made in the district so far on developmental programmes during the period. Of this, Pulivendula alone accounted for works worth Rs. 4,000 crore. The government had a commitment to invest up to Rs. 1 lakh crore in the district.
Thanks to Dr. Reddy, Pulivendula is so well developed by roads, an underground drainage system and other infrastructure that it offers a myriad of opportunities to people. A nuclear power plant is about to go on steam in the town while a constituent college of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University has completed admissions to the first batch of students. A research centre in livestock and a free IIT coaching centre are also functioning. Dr. Reddy gave up 650 acres of his private estate at Idupulapaya, 35 km from here, where he was laid to rest on Friday for the headquarters of IIIT in the State, a peacock breeding centre and an eco-tourism project. His family has retained 200 acres here.
Besides stepping up irrigation, particularly in Pulivendula, Rayachoti and Jammalamadugu, Dr. Reddy also focussed on industrialisation in the district. At his initiative, the Uranium Corporation is set to commence operations and so are two steel plants and three cement companies. He saw to it that the government-owned Rajiv Institute of Medical Sciences was inaugurated within fourteen months. He brought to the district a branch of Hyderabad Public School, Shilparamam and a regional sports school.