YSR to lay stone for medical college

Special Correspondent

Delay in construction of buildings hinders admissions

ONGOLE: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stone for government medical college here on July 1.

Students cannot be admitted to the medical college during this academic year due to delay in construction of the buildings.

The government sanctioned the medical college for Ongole more than six months ago and planned admissions from this year itself.

The officials selected 20 acres of land in Nagarjuna Sagar Colony here for locating the college and the government allocated funds in the budget.

But, Navodaya Vidyalay found to its dismay that the officials had included six acres of its land in the medical college site and the parents’ association went to court stalling construction.


Following the initiative taken by Ongole MLA Balineni Sreenivasa Reddy, district Collector K. Devanand visited the site and assured Navodaya Vidyalay principal that their land would be returned and paved way for the parents’ association to withdraw the petition.

On his instructions, the revenue officials held a survey and earmarked three pieces of land measuring 20 acres for the medical college.

Mr. Devanand said that they can start construction work. He expressed confidence that basic infrastructure would be ready for admitting students from next academic year.

On the issue of bengal gram stocks lying unsold in cold storage units here, Mr. Devanand said that the Markfed would enter the market in the next couple of days and start purchases. He said there was demand for two lakh quintals of bengal gram seed in the State. Markfed would start purchases soon after the price fixation committee announced the price

He said efforts would be made to identify bengal gram farmers to ensure subsidised seed reached them. As the government did not have the list, most of the seed was diverted to the black market. As farmers prefer ‘Kak 2’ variety, the subsidy would reach them only if Markfed bought and supplied that variety.

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