ANDHRA PRADESH

Corporators to inspect Tatipudi pipeline

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation floor leaders and corporators will inspect the underground drainage works and the Tatipudi pipeline replacement work taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

This followed members cutting across party lines vociferously complaining about lack of quality in the Rs. 244 crore underground drainage work, not following the specified procedures like centring, sand-filling etc., and not restoring roads at the special general body meeting of the Corporation on Tuesday.

Probe sought

The TDP demanded third party or vigilance inquiry into the works and a halt to payment of bills till it was over. Its Floor Leader Nalluri Bhaskara Rao said officials had no coordination. Deputy leader Kona Tata Rao said subcontractors were ruling the roost. CPI(M)’s B. Eswaramma, Congress floor leader B.S.S. Srinivasa Rao and G.V. Ravi Raju (Congress) wanted steps to ensure quality. Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao said a date would be announced for the visit later.

Opposition members wanted a discussion on the various ‘scams’ being reported in newspapers and the Mayor promised one later. But it did not take place. Earlier, members expressed concern over the likely delay in Rs.62-crore Tatipudi pipeline replacement work. There are encroachments on the pipeline at Pendurthy and Kancharapalem and railway land had to be handed over. Deputy Mayor K. Dorabbai expressed fear that the cost might go up as the site required for the work was not handed over. Opposition members cited the incomplete Arilova road and the cutting short of the ring road project and said the contractor might claim demurrage. Mr. Janardhana Rao announced that a team would visit the Tatipudi pipeline work on December 26.

Members from Gajuwaka took exception to a second pipeline being laid where one already existed at Sheelanagar . Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy replied that a second line was being laid keeping in view the demand for the next 30 years. The Mayor regretted the delay in convening the Council meeting.

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