Focus on water problem at DRC meet

Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana (right) and Tribal Welfare Minister P.Balaraju at the District Review Commmitee meeting in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana (right) and Tribal Welfare Minister P.Balaraju at the District Review Commmitee meeting in Visakhapatnam on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Special Correspondent

Minister suggests convening of special meeting of GVMC to discuss the issue

VISAKHAPATNAM: Acute drinking water problem, which is likely to worsen in the coming days, poor medicare, especially in rural areas, irregularities in the execution of housing programme, non-supply of subsidised seed and other farm inputs to farmers in the drought-affected mandals, were highlighted at the District Review Committee meeting held at Vysakhi Jala Udyanamavanam here on Monday.

Minister for Major Industries and in-charge of Visakhapatnam district Kanna Lakshminarayana presided over the meeting. Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, D. Purandeswari and Minister for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju were present.

Raising the issue of drinking water, M.V.S. Sarma, MLC, pointed out to the disturbing situation at schools and wanted to know whether officials would ensure drinking water during ensuing examinations or want the students to come with water bottles.

Legislator G. Babu Rao pointed out that 90 per cent of villages in Nakkapalli mandal faced serious water problem. Another MLA M. Srinivasa Rao pointed to the stalling of works of Rs.17-crore drinking water scheme in Bheemili. P. Ramesh, MLA, brought to the notice of the meeting the large number of borewells which had gone defunct.

Mr. Sarma also pointed out to the pollution of water pumped from Yeleru reservoir to Kanithi Balancing reservoir and people’s apprehensions in drinking the same. MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishnababu wanted to know what plans officials had to ensure drinking water to the city for the ensuing summer.

Officials informed that at present 46 mgd water was being supplied to the city and action plan was ready for the summer. Collector Syamala Rao directed officials to strengthen patrolling of Yeleru canal bringing water to Kanithi reservoir. At this point Mr. Kanna Lakshminarayana suggested a special meeting of GVMC for discussing drinking water problem.

KGH equipment

Responding to reports of ‘deliberately damaging of equipment in the KGH’ pointed out by Mr. Ramakrishna Babu, the Minister said that it had come to his notice also and an enquiry was ordered. The guilty would be given severe punishment. Members, including Minister P. Balaraju, wanted more ambulances to be pressed into service. While Mr. Babu Rao criticised officials concerned for the lapse of Rs.70 lakhs, MLC Suryanarayana Raju pointed out to the Rs.30-lakh material lying waste.

Responding to the non-availability of quality rice at Rs.20 a kg in rythu bazaars, as promised by the government, officials said that stocks were not available from the neighbouring districts because of procurement. However the supply would be restored as soon as stocks were available.

Officials of electricity department came under fire for issuing bills for Rs.10,000 to households having a single bulb and not bothering about snatched electrical wires.

The Minister promised to convene a special meeting to attend to all issues regarding electricity department. Reports of inflated billing was a major problem in the department, the Minister observed. ZP chairman G. Ramamurthy Naidu, MPs Sabbam Hari and T. Subbarami Reddy, MLAs Tainala Vijaya Kumar, Malla Vijaya Prasad, Mutyala Papa, Siveri Soma and others attended the meeting.

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