ANDHRA PRADESH

Seven panchayats merge with Kadapa corporation



Staff Reporter

Agenda approved by adopting unanimous resolution

All panchayats situated within Kadapa outer ring road taken overKadapa city's population rises to 2,86,700 by mergerChief Minister sanctions Rs. 111 crores for augmenting drinking water supply and construction of underground drainage system

KADAPA: Seven gram panchayats in the vicinity of Kadapa formally merged with Kadapa Municipal Corporation on Thursday.

An emergency general body meeting of the corporation, which was called on a single-point agenda, approved the merger by adopting a unanimous resolution. Ramarajupalle, Palempalle, Putlampalle, Utukur, Mamillapalle, Krishnapuram and Chinnamachupalle panchayats, spanning a total area of 99.08 sq kms and having a total population of 30,264 came under the corporation's purview with effect from Thrsday. All panchayats situated within Kadapa outer ring road were taken over, in addition to Chinnamachupalle, about eight kms away from Kadapa, Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy said.

Kadapa city's population rose to 2,86,700 and its area of operation grew to 163.92 sq kms by the merger, Mr. Reddy said. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration Departments approved the merger already resolved by the corporation's standing committee on May 10 and the general body's resolution on Thursday fulfilled procedural requirements.

Model city

The Mayor said efforts were on to develop Kadapa into a model city.

The Chief Minister sanctioned Rs. 111 crores for augmenting drinking water supply and construction of underground drainage system. As appraisal reports were approved, tenders would be called for drinking water works by June 15 and underground drainage system on June 20, he said.

Chinnamachupalle panchayat sought the development of Kadapa aerodrome into an airport, Mr. Reddy stated. Replying to CPI councillor M.V.R. Prasad Reddy's charges of tardy development and poor sanitation, the Mayor said a divisional engineer, assistant engineers and sanitary inspectors were posted at Gandi water works to effectively monitor water supply.

Water was supplied daily in old municipality and Chinna Chowk areas during summer, but transported to Chemmumiyapet and Akkayapalle panchayats, the Mayor said.

Efforts were on to ensure 24-hour water supply in Kadapa city, he added.

He assured improvement in sanitation within a fortnight.

Outsourcing

A sanitary contractor each was appointed in 50 municipal divisions through outsourcing. Some sanitary workers, hesitant to get transferred, availed of their accumulated leave causing inconvenience.

Deputy Mayor K. Nabi Rasool, Municipal Commissioner S. Aleem Basha and corporators took part. TDP councillors, except Challa Krishnaiah, abstained from the meeting.

The corporation will celebrate `Kadapa Nagarotsavalu' on a grand scale in January 2008 to celebrate completion of 140 years since inception of Kadapa municipality in 1868, the Mayor told a press conference.

The corporation would complete all the developmental activities by then.

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