ANDHRA PRADESH

VMC readies plans for `milestone' road

VIJAYAWADA, NOV. 29. The 100-foot road that will come up in the place of the Satyanarayanapuram railway line would be a "milestone" in the development of Vijayawada, said the Municipal Commissioner, V. Usha Rani.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, she said the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation gave the Indian Railways 25 acres of land, protected by a compound wall constructed as compensation for the 3.6 km land.

According to the agreement, Indian Railways had to hand over the land to VMC without any "encumbrances". The Commissioner said she and the Divisional Railway Manger (DRM) would decide the fate of 270 encroachments on railway land on Monday.

Work in full swing

The road will cost Rs 5.65 crores. The low-lying areas along the margins of the road would have to be filled with gravel for widening it to 100 feet. "The new road will change the face of the city," she claimed.

In the first phase, Rs. 20 lakhs had been sanctioned. Excavators and VMC road-rollers had been pressed into service. Initially, only two-wheelers can ply on the road. On completion it would have a central divider and lighting on top of it like all other roads. By constructing a two-lane bridge across the Eluru Canal the road can be extended.

The Railways had agreed to construct a Rail Under Bridge (RUB) near Madduranagar station at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crores.

Plugging leakages

The Municipal Corporation initiated a massive operation for plugging leakages of treated water from the K. L. Rao Head Water Works, Bhavanipuram, to the tune of one lakh gallons per day on Monday. The Commissioner said water supply had been stopped to some areas in the city to facilitate repair works. A huge amount of water was leaking after being treated for an indefinite number of years, she said. The engineers would work on Monday and Tuesday to complete the repairs, she said.

Shifting of statues

The Commissioner said she would soon convene an all-party meeting on shifting of statues from traffic islands that were hampering road users and in some instances causing fatal accidents. She said shifting the statues from their present location to another spot in the came centre could make a lot of difference.

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