City Beautification Works at Rs 40-Cr

Published: 16th April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM: In view of the International Fleet Review to be held in February 2016, the city beautification works will be taken up under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar said.

As many as 29 major roads, including the road leading to Hanumanthawaka Junction from city airport, footpaths and drainage system would be developed in the next six months. In fact, the GVMC has planned to take up road and beautification works at a cost of over `80 crore. However, in view of the Fleet Review, works worth `40 crore would be undertaken on priority basis and the civic body has already written a letter to the government in this regard, Pravin Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has completed its study on Smart City works and will submit its report by May-end. A Smart City Cell will be opened soon to take up all the related works. In its study, the USAID focussed mainly on water supply and sanitation works in the city, he said.

The GVMC is presently registering 27 per cent of water wastage across the city and it is called No Revenue Water (NRW). The civic body is tracing as to how and where the water was going waste. Once the ongoing four water projects are completed, the NRW can be traced and controlled, he explained.

On the sanitation front, the commissioner said that soon after the completion of the two sewage treatment plants, about 50 per cent of waste would be treated and released into the sea. The USAID team opined that open defecation has to be controlled in the city. About 25,000 houses in the city have no toilets. As a part of Smart City works, all these issues would be addressed by taking up a special drive, he informed.

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