More pollution monitoring stations, command centres planned in Visakhapatnam

Works related to borewells and water tanks will be completed by March-end, says civic chief  Hari Narayanan.

Published: 27th February 2017 03:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2017 03:48 AM   |  A+A-

GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan (sitting) addressing the members of Resident Welfare Associations in Visakhapatnam on Sunday | Express

GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan (sitting) addressing the members of Resident Welfare Associations in Visakhapatnam on Sunday | Express

By Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: Repair works to the Yeleru Left Main Canal will be taken up from March 1 to 30 to improve its water carrying capacity this summer. Taking up works to avoid water scarcity, GVMC has prepared an action plan to improve water availability.

At a meeting held with the Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs) here on Sunday, GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan said, “We will complete the works related to borewells, water tanks and other water facilities by March-end.”

The commissioner also discussed several pressing issues related to civic infrastructure and city development at the meeting. He said that plans were afoot to set up command and control centres with integrated monitoring system and more pollution monitoring centres in the city.

Interacting with the RWA members, he said, “We have sanctioned Rs 110 crore for taking up development works. In Gajuwaka, Pendurthi, Madhurawada and Kurmanapalem are yet to have adequate civic amenities, especially in the newly sprouted colonies. We need some time to lay roads, maintain facilities and develop those areas.”

Hari Narayanan asked the associations to have a credible mechanism of engaging communities, including the lower income groups, in fighting against ODF. He suggested collaboration between the GVMC and RWA to maintain parks in colonies and conduct cricket tournaments and other sports within communities.

To take the process further, the GVMC will have ward-level meetings on development of the city.

On the occasion, Andhra Pradesh Federation of Resident Welfare Associations (APFERWAS) president Uday Shirname highlighted some major issues including illegal occupation of sites allotted for parks, construction of speed-breakers, garbage dumping and regular cleaning of open drains. The members urged the commissioner to tackle the stray dog menace too.


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