Children offer roses to Chief Minister
GUNTUR: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy began the Children’s Day celebrations in the city by cutting a cake at the Inspection Bungalow and offered pieces to students from Scouts and Guides before he left for Hyderabad on Friday.
Children offered red roses to the Chief Minister and other politicians present there. Some clothes and school bags were given away to the disadvantaged children during the small function organised in the morning. Children’ Day was observed with gaiety by various educational institutions and non-governmental organisations. For over 100 children assembled on the Society for HIV Infected People (SHIP) premises at Gorantla, the day was filled with fun-filled activities.
Sports and games
The children registered with Balasahyoga project aimed at building life skills education, the day was spent drawing, singing and taking part in sports and games. The activity was part of talent search taken up by the organisation.
Balasahyoga district project coordinator Mahaboob Subhani said that children community volunteers, parents and caretakers attended the children’s day event. The main objective was to provide educational support to identified children from registered families among the mandals where the project was being implemented , he said. He said that 250 children from 1563 registered families were identified by Balasahyoga SHIP project for educational support.
Guntur District Civil Judge Sri Krishna, additional DMHO P. Umadevi, Government General Hospital Superintendent D. Phanibhushan, Resident Medical Officer Yasmin, PPTCT project director Venkateswara Rao, Telugu Network of Positive People president A. Ramesh were present.
People asked to monitor water supply
Chief Minister urges them to complain if they do not get two-hour supply everyday
3.40 lakh connections in core city and 30,000 in L.B. Nagar, Kukatpally to get daily supply
YSR seeks funds for the phase-I of Godavari water project estimated to cost Rs. 3,300 crore
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy urged citizens, public representatives and others to keep an eye on the two-hour daily water supply to core area of the twin cities by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) and report to the government about any lapses.
Dr. Reddy, who inaugurated the scheme on Friday, was not ready to believe the figures dished out by the Water Board officials on the duration of water supply and extent to which daily water was being supplied.
“The HMWSSB MD, Asok Kumar, says people are making calls stating 1.5 hours supply is enough and two hours supply would lead to waste of water. I am not prepared to believe it,” he said.
The Chief Minister asked people to be vigilant and inform if the assured two hours water is not supplied from now on.
The HMWSSB has said of the 4.06 lakh connections, 3.40 lakh connections in the core city (ex-MCH) and 30,000 more in L.B. Nagar and Kukatpally will get daily supply.
He also appealed to Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy to see that substantial grant is provided for the Godavari water project phase one estimated to cost Rs. 3,300 crore from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Mr. Reddy commissioned the Ring Main-II allowing complete usage of Krishna water of 180 million gallons a day (MGD).
Residents of Uppal, Kapra, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad, Cantonment, Marredpally, Mettuguda and Lalaguda are to benefit from it.
“The global economic crisis has affected our revenues and the expected returns from disinvestments and land auctions has not materialised. We need the Centre’s assistance for the project,” he said and thanked Mr. Reddy for his initiative in granting funds from the Mission for the Krishna water phase two project.
Rs. 150 cr. spent
HMWSSB will be supplying 329 MGD through five sources – Osmansagar (18 MGD), Himayatsagar (10), Majira (45), Singur (75) and Krishna (I&II phases – 90 & 90) while demand was 375 MGD. More than Rs. 150 crore was spent to improve pipelines and pumping stations for daily supply, said Mr. Asok Kumar.
Godavari water project will help tap 510 MGD or 31 TMC in three phases with 180 MGD to be drawn on completion of first one. Ministers K. Ranga Rao (Municipal Administration), M. Mukesh (B.C. Welfare), Anjan Kumar Yadav MP, MLAs T. Srinivas Yadav (Secunderabad), G. Sayanna (Cantonment), and others were present.