YSR targets Naidu in roadshow
Lists welfare schemes
Addresses wayside meetings in Bobbili
Accuses Naidu of backstabbing NTR
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s wayside meetings, as part of his roadshow in Bobbili town on Friday, were reminiscent of his electioneering, exactly five years ago as leader of the Opposition. He maintained the same tempo of criticism this time too, with a difference, against the then Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu. He targeted him this time for describing the newly-introduced pension scheme, Abhya Hastham, for the ageing DWCRA women, as the hand of ‘Bhasmasura’ (the demon king).
Virtually launching his election campaign and briefing on the welfare schemes such as Arogya Sri, pavala vaddi, Rs.2-a-kg rice, houses, pensions, waiver of farm loans, free power to farmers, among many other schemes, the Chief Minister appealed to people to compare his five-year-rule with that of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu’s nine-year-term. He said Mr. Naidu backstabbed N.T. Rama Rao and his pet scheme Rs.2-a-kg rice and also Rs.50 per one HP pump set for farmers. For seven years out of the nine years the State reeled under severe drought and many a number of farmers, who could not clear debts, committed suicide, he recalled. In contrast, the State experienced normal rainfall and there was good harvest during the last five years. Whose hand can be of ‘Bhasmasura’, he asked.
Stating that Rs.30,000 being given as scholarships to SC/ST/BC /Minorities for studying in private engineering colleges, the Chief Minister announced that the facility would be extended to the poor upper caste students from the next academic year.
He said that Rs.10 crores each were being sanctioned towards extending credit at 25paise to DWCRA groups in each mandal. A sum of Rs.400 crores was allocated in the Budget for the ‘Abhaya Hastham’ scheme. Already 40 lakh houses under Indiramma programme were completed, 20 lakhs were in various stages of construction and 20 lakhs more were sanctioned. It was his desire to see hut-free State in the next two years. He appealed to people to strengthen the Congress and vote it in the coming elections.
Good response to YSR’s road shows
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday lashed out at the TRS and the Left parties for opposing Polavaram project and Jalayagnam project in general and adopting a negative stance while his Government was focussed at overall development.
About 45 minutes behind schedule on his road show, he addressed people near Hoogly Jute Mills on the outskirts of Bobbili and wondered a ‘grand alliance’ of political parties with different ideology could fulfil its promises.
After unveiling a bronze statue of Vasireddy Krishna Murthy Naidu, he recalled his focus on irrigation projects and said people could reap the fruits of Jalayagnam only if they vote Congress to power.
Dr. Reddy also took a dig at Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi, asking him what he had done for his native Mogalturu, even after earning crores of rupees as a film actor. How could he do justice for the eight crore people of the State?, he asked.
The narrow roads and by-lanes of the town were jam-packed; residents along the route came out of their homes and greeted Dr. Reddy. Enthusiastic crowds with Congress flags in their hands were seen running along side the convoy.
Later, Dr. Reddy laid the foundation stone for the Rs. 79.99 crore Thotapalli branch canal project near Manapuram shandy, that envisages an ayacut of 15,000 acres in 44 villages of Garividi, Gurla, Merakamudidam, Dattirajeru and Gajapathinagaran mandals in the district.
He addressed meetings near the Government Hospital where he inaugurated a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric & Neonatal Care (CEMONC) Centre, at Balijipeta road junction and opposite the Bobbili Fort.
The road show was not without interruptions at two places where jute mill workers affiliated to the Centre for Indian Trade Unions and Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi activists displayed placards to draw his attention to their demands. Dr. Reddy assured MRPS leaders of all assistance and informed them that he had been putting his efforts seriously to meet their demand.
YSR to lay stone for BRTS works today
It is being taken up as high-capacity public transport system in city
Two corridors are planned under JNNURM
Work to be completed in two years
The implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) has been taken up as a high- capacity public transport system in Visakhapatnam keeping in view the projected multi-fold increase in traffic and constraints of road capacity. The BRTS intends to increase use of public transport from the present share of about 30 per cent to 50 per cent by 2011.
The BRTS has been preferred as cost effective because of its low infrastructure costs and the short duration for completion compared to rail-based mass transit system.
Work has been taken up on two corridors in the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. In the urban mission, 50 per cent of the cost is borne by the Union Government and the remaining by the State Government and the civic body (Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation). A special purpose vehicle comprising the GVMC, the APSRTC and the VUDA has been formed for the implementation of the project.
Work has begun on the two corridors recently after due processes of tendering and design approval. A dedicated corridor will be provided for buses with bus stations and other infrastructure. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will formally lay the foundation stone for the work during his visit to the city on Saturday.
The 20-km Pendurthi Transit Corridor that begins at Pendurthi and reaches RTC Complex via Gopalapatnam, NAD Kotharoad, Kancharapalem and the railway station is taken up at a cost of Rs.159.38 crores. The flyover from Asilmetta to the DRM Office is a part of it and costs an additional Rs.63 crores.
The Simhachalam Transit Corridor (STC) begins at Pendurthi and reaches Dwarakanagar via Simhachalam, Mudasarlova, Hanumanthavaka and is taken up at a cost of Rs.179.45 crores. The works so far launched under BRTS cost a total of Rs.401.83 crores. A tunnel in the Simhachalam hill forms part of STC but designs and estimates are yet to be finalised. The work is scheduled for completion in two years and to be ready for phased completion by October 2010.
The corridors involve land acquisition from about 2,200 structures besides from the APEPDCL, the Navy and the Railways. The GVMC has initiated an exercise to consider appeals for compensation for those affected.
Hectic schedule awaits Chief Minister
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who arrived here on Friday on a two-day tour of North Andhra, will leave Vizianagaram by helicopter at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday.
He will arrive at Chinagadili in the city at 9.45 a.m. and lay the foundation for Apollo Hospitals. He will leave Chinagadili by road to reach Hanumanthawaka junction at 10 a.m. where he will lay the foundation stone for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.452.23 crores. He will also lay the foundation stone for Adraja Township project to be taken up under the Rajiv Swagruha at an estimated cost of Rs.520 crores.
Later, he will proceed to Chinagadili and take a helicopter to reach Sabbavaram at 10.55 a.m., where he will lay the foundation stones for the Babu Jagjeevan Ram Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanti irrigation project to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.7214.10 crores, Rural Residential School (Anakapalle), AP University of Law, up-gradation of existing road from Anakapalle to Anandapuram via Sabbavaram into a four-lane road under the BOT scheme at an estimated cost of Rs.347 crores and presentation of cheques to SHG women under ‘pavala vaddi’ and SHG-bank linkage.
Dr. Reddy will leave Sabbavaram by helicopter at 11.40 a.m. and reach Elamanchili at 11.55 a.m. He will lay the foundation stone for Urban Housing at Elamanchili, present cheques to SHG women under the ‘pavala vaddi’ scheme and later address a public meeting.
He will leave Elamanchili at 12.40 p.m. by helicopter and reach Visakhapatnam airport at 12.55 p.m. He will inaugurate the new Integrated Terminal Building along with Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel. He will proceed to Hyderabad at 2 p.m.