'Gosala-Adavivaram BRTS will be ready by next March'

Published: 12th August 2016 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2016 05:00 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM: The pending stretch of bus rapid transit system (BRTS) corridor from Gosala to Adavivaram will be completed by March 2017, announced GVMC commissioner M Harinarayanan on Thursday.

“Development of peripheral areas is the major civic issue and identifying some of the issues in supply of drinking water and sanitation. We will focus on those areas for providing 150 LPCD (litres per capita per day) water and construct drainage system,” he told the media here.

While the municipal schools have launched foundation courses for IIT-level exams, the next plans are to come up with e-labs in the municipal schools.

“Among the core services in the GVMC, public health and sanitation will be our major focus. While in 2015 there are 72 cities in which GVMC stood in fifth position in Swachh Bharat rankings, this year the competition has extended to 500 cities giving a good challenge for Vizag, said the GVMC commissioner. The next phase of development will focus on beach surroundings as a model area and as a part of beautification drive, 37 parks will be developed in residential areas.

The GVMC is also planning for ways to reduce consumption of electricity and go for switch mode energy saving method and improve lighting in the city. “There are still many areas where toilets are to be constructed and in the slum areas where there is not much space, we would plan  community toilets, which would be ready by the time the Swachh Bharat survey is done in January,” he added. The commissioner said: “The next month’s BRICS conference will be one of the biggest events in the city with the partnership of Ministry of Urban Development and Government of Andhra Pradesh. This will be a platform to showcase the opportunities in Vizag.”

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