Temple city all set for I-Day big bash

Taking a cue from Friday’s cloudburst, the officials have used protective tarpaulins on Sunday to cover the important areas of Sri Venkateswara University’s sprawling Tarakarama Stadium.

Published: 14th August 2017 09:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 09:25 AM   |  A+A-

Rehearsals for the Independence Day celebrations by SV Vedic University students at Parade Grounds in Tirupati on Sunday | Express

By Express News Service

TIRUPATI: Taking a cue from Friday’s cloudburst, the officials have used protective tarpaulins on Sunday to cover the important areas of Sri Venkateswara University’s sprawling Tarakarama Stadium.

Full-dress rehearsal of the Independence Day parade was conducted on Sunday. Roofing and rainproof seating arrangements will be provided to all the 5,580 participants, including 2,500 students on August 15.
The cloudburst on Friday affected the arrangements being made for the ensuing State-level Independence Day celebrations at SVU’s Tarakarama Stadium.

Anantapur Range DIG N Prabhakara Rao and APSP DIG Vijay Kumar, collector S Pradyumna and SP Abhishek Mohanty, N Srikanth secretary, GAD (Political), State Protocol Director Lt. Col M Ashok Babu and IG (Security Battalion) Meena have been monitoring the arrangements.

A bitumen tar road has been laid on the path earmarked for the parade, while saw dust will be filled and rolled on in the other areas. The civil works have been completed and the beautification work was taken up on Sunday, he added.

The achievements of the Agriculture, CRDA, Forest, Housing, Forest, Education, Medical and Health, Rural Development, Tourism and Culture, Swachh Andhra, TTD and Welfare Departments will be showcased.

Tableaux to hog limelight
Several craftsmen and artists have been preparing for the big occasion. The first tableau, at the local Idgah Grounds, which will grab eyeballs is the one by the Forest Department.
With life-size models of animals in the backdrop of waterfalls and forests, the tableau aims to highlight the ‘Vanam Manam’ scheme of the State government alongside nature conservation and protection aspects of red sanders, endemic to the Seshachalam region.

According to I&PR Joint Director P Kiran Kumar, about 12 tableaux representing various government departments are getting ready for the parade. The tableau will not only highlight the work being done by the department but also focus on the schemes aimed at people’s welfare and the State’s development.
The departments part of the parade are Education, Agriculture, Capital Region Development Authority, Water Resources, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), Medical and Health, Rural and Urban Housing, Electrical and Energy, Tourism, Swachh Bharat, Forest, Women Empowerment and Rural Development.

Tableau on green energy
Vijayawada: A  tableau highlighting the various ongoing projects taken by the Department of Energy will be displayed at the 70th Independence Day celebrations to be held at Tirupati on August 15, said principal secretary for energy Ajay Jain.In a press release issued here on Sunday, Ajay Jain said that the department has reached a milestone after setting up world’s largest solar park at Kurnool. The plant generated ‘Green Energy’ with 1000 MW (Mega Watts) at a single location. “The reputed King College Hospital, in London, is going to set up a 1,000-bed hospital in the capital city of Amaravati under Indo-UK institute of Health with an investment of over H1,000 crore. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will lay foundation for the prestigious hospital on August 16,” said Jain.

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