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Vizag will become Gateway of India: CM

Elamancililo Rs. Crore development works

Visakhapatnam: The central government must implement all the promises for the residuary state that assured in the AP Reorganisation Act, said chief minister Chandrababu Naidu while addressing the TDP cadres at Port Kalavani auditorium here on Saturday.

Naidu also appealed to all the political parties and their elected representatives to support the TDP in their demand for justice. Referring to the private bill moved by Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao in Parliament, the TDP supremo said it was the Congress that passed the bifurcation bill behind closed doors of Parliament. Now, it is dodging all responsibility, he added.

The CM told the workers that he would fulfil all the promises made to develop north Andhra by giving it top most priority. He said his government has been taking up measures to transform Vizag into the ‘Gateway of India’ in view of its vast coastline. The chief minister further said he would get the railway zone for the state with Visakhapatnam as headquarters and complete all irrigation projects.

In his 80-minute speech, CM Naidu acknowledged the contributions of the party workers in making TDP what it is today. The TDP supremo said the central government has given only Rs 800 crore till date for the Polavaram project and Rs 50 crore for the development of backward areas in the past two years. “The state is yet to receive funds for the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor while meagre funds have been allotted for the construction of the capital city,” Naidu said, adding that Godavari water will reach Vizag through Polavaram left canal by next year and the state government would set up anna canteens in all the districts.

During his daylong visit to the port city, Naidu inaugurated a drive-in open theatre at Sheelanagar and watched Rajnikanth’s new movie ‘Kabali’ along with ministers Kamineni Srinivasa Rao, Ch Ayyanna Patrudu and Ganta Srinivasa Rao. He said there is a need for many more such theatres in the city which is all set to become a smart city soon.
He also inaugurated the Vuda shopping complex at Seetammadhara and launched 100 Mee-Seva centres by handing over the orders. Later, he inaugurated the first orthopaedic hospital in coastal AP, Amulya Super-Specialty Hospital, in the city.