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Roads, lift irrigation projects will get priority: MLA

By Ramesh Susarla

GUNTUR, JUNE 21. The Tadikonda (SC) MLA, Dokka Manikya Varaprasada Rao, proposes to give priority to laying of roads and getting lift irrigation projects in the Tulluru mandal of his constituency.

A lawyer by profession, he had defeated the former Minister, J.R. Pushparaj, and attributes the cause for the Minister's defeat to failure to get enough funds for the constituency for laying good roads while all other MLAs had got crores of rupees sanctioned.

A Rs. 6-crore proposal has been sent to the NABARD for laying road from Tadikonda to Parimi, and Amaravathi to Tulluru. He expects the approval in a month's time and hopes to ground them within two months. There were other small Panchayat Raj and Zilla Parishad Roads, which need attention, but could take up to six months to concentrate on them, he added.

Talking to The Hindu, he said that 20 days ago he had got a proposal for lift irrigation scheme prepared for the Tulluru mandal and sent to the High-Level Committee to study the project report to give its approval. The committee, which was likely to meet by this month-end, approves the Rs.15-crore project it would help irrigate 5,000 acres.

In the next three months he proposes to submit yet another lift irrigation project -- Anantharam LI Project, with an estimated cost of Rs .9 crores for approval of the Government. Once that was also commissioned 20,000 acres in the constituency would come under assured irrigation, he pointed out.

Development of the Vaikunthapuram temple would be his next priority, he said and added that since there was not much budget allocated under the Endowments Department for the Krishna Pushkaram works, the renovation of the temple would be taken up later through regular allocation. Bare minimum repairs would be taken up on the Amaravathi and Vaikunthapuram temples for the Krishna Pushkaram, he added.

Women and youth employment needs attention as majority of the Scheduled Caste were either unemployed or underemployed and the help of the SC Finance Corporation taken to provide a scope to at least some youth to stand on their feet, he observed.

Enrolment of children into schools also needs attention as literacy rates were very low in the constituency among the SCs and a meeting of the headmasters of various schools convened soon to ensure lesser dropout rate, he added.

A law graduate from the Acharya Nagarjuna University and having completed his studies in AC College in Guntur, he thinks he can do justice to the people of Tadikonda as he was well-versed with the problems of the region.

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