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Corporator too claims credit

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Koneru Sridhar

VIJAYAWADA, JAN.15. The 44th division corporator, Koneru Sridhar, of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), has several achievements to his credit during his four years in the post. However, he modestly says the achievements were possible solely because of the unstinted cooperation of the locals.

According to Mr. Sridhar, the well laid roads, parks, streetlighting and other amenities would not have been possible but for the 30 per cent monetary contribution made by the residents for most of the works. Works worth Rs. 6 crores had been taken up on roads, sewerage lines, parks and street lighting in the division during the past five years.

Bureaucrats' attitude

The local people had also come forward to contribute Rs. 30 lakhs for the development and maintenance of the Zilla Parishad High School, Patamata.

But then, Mr. Sridhar feels a lot more could have been done had the bureaucrats not been indifferent to the problems faced by the people. About 700 sq yd of land adjoining the Chennupati Ramakotaiah Indoor Stadium at Patamata reportedly belonging to the Revenue Department had allegedly been encroached upon by some local elements. "Though the matter had been brought to the notice of the officials concerned and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation on several occasions, neither of them showed any interest in taking back the land," lamented Mr. Sridhar. The land was actually earmarked for setting up a branch of the Government-owned Vijaya Krishna Super Bazar.

Proposal for laying of 40-feet roads from Pantakalva and Vijayanagar connecting the Fun Times Colony had been pending approval for the past five years. Instead of taking up the works in right earnest, the officials were in two minds as to whether 40-feet should be laid or the roads should be of 80-feet width. If the proposed 40-feet roads were laid, it would contribute immensely for easing the traffic congestion in and around the Patamata area, Mr. Sridhar said.

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