108 villages to be covered under Indira Sujaladhaara
Collector G. Ram Narayana Reddy has said 108 villages out of 296 habitations in the district have been targeted under the first phase to supply protected drinking water under Indira Sujaladhaara scheme.
At a meeting with RWS and Transco officials on Wednesday evening, the Collector asked them to lay pipelines, keeping in view the drinking water problem in summer and also supply power to already completed water schemes.
On the occasion, Superintending Engineer (RWS) V. Ramachandram announced that Santhapeta in L.Kota mandal, Jarajapupeta in Nellimarla, Pinnavalasa in Badangi and S. Sitarampuram in Sitanagaram mandal in the district were chosen for Nirmal Gram Puraskar and it would be presented to sarpanches of the villages in Pune on December 8.
YSR’s five-day Kadapa tour from Dec. 22
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stones and inaugurate developmental works worth over Rs. 300 crore in Kadapa district during his five-day visit from December 22, t Collector M.T. Krishna Babu said on Thursday.
Dr. Reddy will inaugurate an indoor stadium and Zilla Parishad meeting block being built at a cost of Rs. 4 crore each, two bridges across Buggavanka stream, hostel block at the women’s degree college, new police station on RIMS premises, Veligallu project built at Rs. 208 crore and a rehabilitation colony, the Collector said.
He will lay the foundation stones for some works and inaugurate some completed ones in Chakrayapet, inaugurate a housing colony and open a bridge across Pennar River in Jammalamadugu. He will lay the foundation stone for Rajoli anicut to be built with Rs. 200 crore. He will participate in some programmes in Pulivendula on December 25.
Chief Minister to visit Tungabhadra pushkaram
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy is likely to visit Kurnool on December 10 or 11 to take part in Tungabhadra pushkaram celebrations, according to Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy.
Mr. Raghurami Reddy accompanied by MP Kotla Jayasuryaprakasa Reddy met the Chief Minister at Hyderabad on Wednesday and invited him for pushkaram.
Meanwhile, the leaders asked the Chief Minister to lay the foundation stone for Rs. 242-crore flood wall works and Rs. 36-crore drinking water scheme in the city.
Mr. Raghurami Reddy suggested that the flood banks be developed as roads so that the traffic pressure could be eased in the city.
100 crores to be distributed as loans
District Collector N. Sridhar on Thursday asked bankers to gear up for distribution of linkage loans of a total value of Rs.100 crores to self-help groups on December 19 on the occasion of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s visit to the district.
Addressing a meeting with assistant general managers of various banks, Mr. Sridhar said that the Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP)’s regional meeting of four districts would be held in Krishna district as part of the Chief Minister’s tour. Bankers must coordinate with IKP officials and also those of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) to ground the distribution of linkage loans of Rs.100 crores.
Package to boost infrastructure
Chief Minister gives away awards to entrepreneurs
The State government is planning to announce special packages in the infrastructure sector to overcome the adverse impact of the global economic slowdown on the economy.
The Rs. 6,000 crore packages will involve investments in capital expenditure and infrastructure, mostly on irrigation and roads. This will increase consumption of steel, cement and other material, thereby kick-starting economic activity, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said after giving away awards to entrepreneurs at the 90th annual meeting of the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Thursday.
Stating that the general slowdown was a “reality facing everyone of us”, he said the government understood the need for spending more public money on infrastructure. The Centre was also working out modalities to announce a big package to give fillip to infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.
Dr. Reddy exhorted the industry not to get unduly worried about the recession as there was responsive State and Central governments that were prepared to do everything to beat the slowdown. The industry on its part should take all possible measures and tighten its belt. Efforts should be made to concentrate on the use of technology for reducing costs. “Industry should rise up to the occasion and meet the challenge,” he said.
FAPCCI president Suraj Prasad Agarwal, who presided, suggested that the government take steps to bring down CenVAT from 14 to 10 per cent and service tax from 12 to 10 per cent as the tax collections were falling. He wanted the government to allot five acres of land at Gachibowli to FAPCCI for setting up Rajiv Gandhi Knowledge Centre of Excellence, an institution dealing with infrastructure issues.
FAPCCI past President Sudhir Sanghi welcomed the gathering.