Regional development council sought

VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 1. The Uttarandhra Adhyayana Vedika wanted the new Ministers and MLAs from the north coastal Andhra region to concentrate on several issues like implementation of the Polavaram or Itchampalli projects, for the benefit of people of this region. The north Andhra region, comprising Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam should be declared a separate regional entity and a regional development council be formed to ensure its all-round development, the Vedika felt. It wanted the Ministers and the MLAs to raise in the Assembly the pending irrigation projects and ensure that the waters from the projects meant exclusively for the irrigation needs were not diverted to urban needs. The president of the Vedika, K.S. Chalam, wanted special tax concessions to be extended to the entrepreneurs to set up industries in the region. The Andhra University should be declared North Andhra University and weightage be given to people of the region in nominated posts.

On tribal culture of the region, which was unique, a special package for the tribals was necessary and a separate tribal district should be formed for the development of tribals, he said.