ANDHRA PRADESH

I highlighted city issues in Assembly: Dronamraju

VISAKHAPATNAM, AUGUST 1. The senior Congress legislator, Dronamraju Satyanarayana, on Sunday told reporters he had highlighted problems faced by the city in the Assembly.

The legislator said funds were needed to improve facilities in the two major hospitals, the King George and the Victoria General, in the city. He said he had brought the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister, who had responded "positively."

He added that he would visit Delhi shortly to meet the Union Minster of Health and seek Rs. 100 crores for the purpose, as a similar amount had been sanctioned to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad

Funds for college

The MLA said the Visakha women's junior and degree colleges in the old Borstal school premises were grossly inadequate.

"I visited the place with the District Collector and the Municipal Commissioner, who sanctioned Rs. 5 lakhs each for the development of the college," he said.

He sought expediting the implementation of the Godavari water project for the district, and expressed satisfaction that the Polavaram project was taking shape.

Fresh lease for HSL

The MLA said he had undertaken increasing the diesel subsidy from 1,000 litres to 3,000 litres for fishermen using mechanised boats, and the waiver of sales tax to the tune of Rs. 50 crores in the case of Hindustan Shipyard (HSL) Ltd, both of which were okayed by the Chief Minister.

Thanks to the efforts of the Visakhapatnam MP, N. Janardhana Reddy, the HSL was getting Rs. 30 crores to meet Voluntary Retirement Scheme expenditure and another Rs. 50 crores for capital restructuring, which would give the company a fresh lease of life, he said.

He said repair works to the Darga in the port area would begin soon.

On the land in the heart of the city vacated by the old prison, the legislator said a meeting of the city elite would be organised and their recommendations forwarded to the State Government.

`Opposition wastes time'

Mr. Satyanarayana also accused the Opposition of wasting precious time in the Assembly. He said the question hour was public property, and must be used to raise people's issues. He also said new members, particularly belonging to the Congress, must be given an opportunity to speak during the zero hour.

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