Andhra Pradesh

New bridges become bone of contention between TD, YSRC

The bridge on the Nagavali river connecting Gujaratipet and the 7Road junction in Srikakulam.—Photo: BASHEER

The bridge on the Nagavali river connecting Gujaratipet and the 7Road junction in Srikakulam.—Photo: BASHEER  

TD cadres move to thwart YSRC leaders’ plan to visit a bridge

The newly built bridges across the Nagavali river turned out to be the bone of contention between the Telugu Desam and the YSR Congress with both parties trying to claim credit for their construction.

Former minister and YSR Congress State general secretary Dharmana Prasada Rao took the initiative for their construction during the Congress regime and works began in 2012. Now, it has become an advantage for the Opposition party ahead of the unscheduled Srikakulam mayoral election.

The Telugu Desam Party has, however, strongly objected to the Opposition party’s claim stating that the real work was done only due to the initiative of the party’s Srikakulam MLA Gunda Lakshmi Devi.

Though such claims and counter-claims over development works are common, the issue took a serious turn here with Mr. Prasada Rao’s proposed ‘visit’ to the bridge constructed between the Seven-Road junction and Gujaratipet and break coconuts there in the ‘traditional’ manner.

His previous visit with much fanfare and breaking of coconut on the other bridge constructed between Srikakulam Collectorate and Ponnada village irked the TDP leaders and cadre. His visit and the bursting of fire crackers on May 30, 2016 caught the attention of the locals too. The TDP leaders on that day were busy with Mahanadu in Tirupati.

Mr.Prasada Rao’s loyalists argued that he had visited the bridge on the request of villagers and there was no need to find fault with the breaking of coconuts since it was part of Hindu culture.

The TDP leaders are now cautious about the inauguration of the bridge near Gujaratipet. They reportedly cautioned the R and B officials not to allow ‘unauthorised’ persons to conduct meetings and celebrations. On the other hand, buoyed by the good response to the Ponnada bridge visit earlier, YSRC leaders are reportedly waiting for the ‘right time’ to visit the Gujaratipet bridge.

Meanwhile, the government is all set to arrange official inaugural functions very soon as the works on the two bridges were almost completed. Two-wheelers and pedestrians are already being allowed to move on the bridges.

The government spent around Rs.60 crore for the two bridges which helped residents of 100 villages to have access to Srikakulam town cutting down the distance by almost 15 km.

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