GVMC launches Make Your City Smart Vizag contest

GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar explaining about ‘Make your City Smart-Vizag’ contest at a media conference in Visakhapatnam on Friday. | ExpressFollowing the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare best designs for developing Vizag into a Smart City with public participation, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) launched a design contest on ‘Make Your City Smart Vizag’ here on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Kumar disclosed that all interested citizens, including students, architects, planners, technical experts, professionals and others, could participate in the contest and the Special Jury will announce the winners after examining the best entries.

The contest has two parts-Beach Road design and Vuda Park design. While the first prize for the Beach Road design contest is Rs 1.25 lakh, second prize Rs 75,000 and the third prize Rs 50,000, first prize for the Vuda Park design contest is Rs 75,000, second prize Rs 50,000 and third prize Rs 25,000.

He urged the people to participate in the contest for other details can log on to the website: www.mygov.in. The last date for uploading the designs is August 5, he added.

Smart Pulse SurveyPraveen Kumar disclosed that Smart Pulse Survey (SPS) is a massive parallel survey of all households aimed at securing required socio-economic data directly in digital form with online validations. He said the first phase of survey, which began on Friday, will last till July 30 and the second phase from August 6 to 15 and the number of households expected to be surveyed is nearly 5.3 lakh.

He said the field surveyors will register the data by accessing the relevant portal through a connected tablet and so mistakes will be minimised. Consolidation and analysis of the data will be completed within two weeks after completion of the field survey.

The SPS, he said, will ensure correctness of the data already seeded with Aadhaar to remove duplicate records, to remove the details of those expired and to create a self-consistent set of records in the form of AP State Socio-Economic Data Base (APSEDB).




Visakha Museum, GVMC : Solo show of prints and paintings by T. Sri Lalitha, museum premises, Beach Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd : Gandhi Shilp Bazaar exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts and artistic textiles, Rythu Bazaar Ground, MVP Colony, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rotary Club Visakha Port City : Speaker meeting by Rotarian K.S.M.K. Murthy on ‘New Provisions of Companies Act and Income Tax’, Hotel Green Park, 7.00 p.m.

Co-Optex : Sale-cum-exhibition, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Carrom championship inaugurated

The 43rd Senior National Inter-State Carrom Championship in progress in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.- Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The 43rd Senior National Inter-State Carrom Championship in progress in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.- Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The S.P. Sampathy memorial 43 rd senior National and inter-State carrom championships were off to an impressive start at the Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium here on Sunday morning.

Nearly 700 players from a number of States and institutions are participating in the meet, being held for the second time by the Carrom Association of Visakhapatnam District after a gap of five years.

MLA M. Vijaya Prasad inaugurated the championships and took salute at a march past of the participating teams. General secretary of All India Carrom Federation Prabhjeet Baccher, vice-president M. Chandramouli, president of VDBA T.S.R. Prasad, Director of Sports of GVMC Y. Srinivasa Rao, general secretary of Andhra Carrom Association and chairman of the organising committee Neeraj Kumar Sampathy, secretary Udaya Kumar, treasurer P. Raveendran and others participated. Dr. Sampathy gave a report on the championships in which 26 men and 24 women teams are participating in the inter-State championships and 20 in the inter-institutions competition. The team events would end on March 11 and the individual events on March 14.

Seven-time National champion and Arjuna award winner Maria Irudayam and Andhra No. 1 ranked player Elahi took oath on behalf of the players.

Children from the Siva Sivani School and Sai Kala Samithi presented a cultural programme.

Later the competitions commenced at the KPR Convention Centre on the VIP road.


Visakhapatnam Today

Vinoda Vallari: Monthly cultural programme. Gurajada Kalakshetram. 6:00 p.m.

Visakhapatnam Public Library: Abdul Rahman Memorial Lecture 2014 to be delivered by N Venugopal. Public Library, Dwarkanagar. 10:00 a.m.

Sri Annamacharya Project of North America and Visakha Sahiti: Literary meet and release of books by Sharad Purna Sonti and Mahesh Viswanadh. Public Library 6:30 p.m.

Lions Clubs International: Regional Conference. D.r YVS Murthy Auditorium, AU Engineering College Campus. 4:00 p.m.

Kaveri Kannada Sangha: Purandaradasa 450th Aradhana Utsav. Musical tribute by Sheshagiridas and team of Raichur. Kaveri Kannada Sanga, near Gurudwara Junction. 6:00 p.m.

Myanmar Repatriates Welfare Association: Medical camp for Myanmar repatriates and locals. Steel City Public School, Kancharlapalem. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gayatri Vidya Parishad & Centre for Policy Studies: Lecture on Soundarya Lahari by DSR Sarma. GVP Degree College. MVP Colony. 6:00 p.m.

School of Wonder Kids & Amazing Kids Kindergarten: Miracle of Mind on Display. School of Wonder Kids, Vijaya Cooperative Layout, VIP Road. 8:55 a.m.

AU School of Ancient Arts & GVMC: Painting exhibition – Shades of Love. Visakha Museum. 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University: First Damodaram Sanjivayya National Moot Court Championships. AU Platinum Jubilee Guest House. 9:00 a.m.

Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) & Lepakshi: Gandhi Shilp Bazaar exhibition cum sale of handicrafts and artistic textiles. New Rythu Bazaar, MVP Colony. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Soundarya Lahari & Visakha Music and Dance Academy: Discourse by Brahma Sri Samavedam Shanmukham Sarma on Sri Lalithopakhyanam. Kala Bharati Auditorium. 6:00 p.m.

ISKCON: Discourse on Bhagavad Gita by Samba Das Prabhu. ISKCON temple, Sagar Nagar. 6:00 p.m.


A free introductory session on coaching for Junior Civil Judges Examination is being conducted at Gayatri Junior College, Dwaraka Nagar on Sunday evening . For details contact V. Kalyana Rama Rao on 9848253201.



Purandara dasa Aradhana

Kaveri Kannada Sangha is celebrating the 450th Purandara Dasa Aradhana Mahotsav on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at Kaveri Kannada Sangha, near Gurudwara Junction. A musical tribute will be paid to the Saint Composer by Sheshagiridas and team of Raichur on the occasion, according to a release issued by secretary Kaveri Kannada Sangha Vishnumurthy Bhatt.


Lecture on ‘Soundarya Lahari’

Gayatri Vidya Parishad and Centre for Policy Studies will organise a lecture on “Soundarya Lahari’ by retired chief engineer D.S.R. Sarma at GVP Degree College, MVP Colony at 6 p.m. on Sunday.



Beach erosion turns hazardous

The entire area has been barricaded as sea surge continues for third day

The land mass adjacent to Kursura Submarine Museum got further eroded, jeopardising the footpath on the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam on Friday.PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

The land mass adjacent to Kursura Submarine Museum got further eroded, jeopardising the footpath on the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam on Friday.PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

The surge of the sea continued for the third day on Friday with it eroding the land mass under the footpath on the Beach Road in the stretch adjacent to Kursura Submarine Museum.

With a stream of curious visitors thronging the area, the footpath from Kursura submarine museum to the police guest house on the side of the beach was cordoned off in the evening as the precarious footpath might cave in. Vehicular traffic was allowed on the road at night.

A high tide was witnessed by late evening raising fears of further erosion and weakening of the footpath.

District Collector S. Solomon Arokia Raj, Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana and VUDA Vice-Chairman N. Yuvaraj visited the area on the beach that was progressively being eroded on Friday evening.

“It is quite dangerous to walk on the footpath as its support got eroded from underneath,” Mr. Satyanarayana said after the visit.

As of now the chief engineers of Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and VUDA have been assigned the task of taking up immediate measures to contain the erosion in consultation with oceanography experts from Andhra University.

“They will take up immediately the task of riveting and dumping boulders to tackle the erosion,” the Commissioner said. The work would begin on Saturday. Permanent measures would be taken up after reports were submitted by experts.

It has already been decided to carry out studies by a team of engineers of GVMC and VUDA under the leadership of Andhra University Geophysics and Oceanography K. Nageswara Rao.


Visakhapatnam today

R-Day celebrations

District Administration: Collector Solomon Arokiaraj to hoist the National Flag, Police Barracks Ground, 9 a.m.

Sri Bharatamba Parasa: Procession with a statue of ‘Bharata maatha’, 8.30 a.m., flag hoisting, 10.30 a.m., fair, patriotic singing competitions, folk arts, 3 p.m. public meeting, 6 p.m., behind Eenadu, Seethammadhara.

Visakhapatnam Port Trust: Unfurling of National Flag by Chairman RPS Kahlon, Diamond Jubilee Stadium, Akkayyapalem Highway, 8 a.m.

East Coast Railway, Waltair Division: DRM Anil Kumar to hoist the National Flag, RPF Parade Grounds, Thatichetlapalem, 8.35 a.m

GVMC: Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana to pay tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Asilametta, 7.45 a.m. and hoist the National Flag at GVMC office, 8 a.m.

Vizag Journalists’ Forum: Republic Day celebrations, Narla Venkateswara Rao bhavan, Seethammadhara, 7.30 a.m.

YMCA: President D. Krupadan Kumar to hoist the National Flag, YMCA grounds, Beach Road, 7.45 a.m.

JR Nagar Residents Welfare Association: Flag hoisting near Buddha Park, near Venkojipalem, 9 a.m.

Agarwal Mahasabha: Hosting the National Flag, Agarwal Mahasabha adopted GVMC School, beside Sivalayam, Seethamdhara, 9 a.m.

Andhra University: Flag hoisting by VC, AU Golden Jubilee Grounds, 8 a.m.


ISKCON: Bhagavad Gita discourse in Telugu by Mathaji, ISKCON temple premises, Sagar Nagar, 6 p.m.

Ivaturi Charitable Trust: ‘Vagdevi vaibhavam’, Kalabharathi, 5.30 p.m.

UGC-Academic Staff College: Inaugural of multidisciplinary refresher course in environmental sciences, college premises, AU campus, 3 p.m.

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, AU: Inauguration of conference hall by Vice Chancellor GSN Raju, department premises, AU campus, 12 noon

Fine Art Sketch: Exhibition of paintings and portraits by Naresh Mahanta, Visakha Museum, Beach Road, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.



GVMC bags two JNNURM awards

Moment to cherish:Principal Secretary, MA&UD, and GVMC Special Officer S. K. Joshi receiving an award from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday. Union Minister for Housing Girija Vyas, Principal Secretary, MA&UD, Sameer Sharma, APUFIDC Managing Director Y. Madhusudhan Reddy, and GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana are seen.President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday presented two awards to the GVMC at the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission Incentive Awards presentation at Vigyan Bhavan at New Delhi.

The GVMC has been selected as ‘Best city for implementation of BSUP for 2012-13’, which it shared with Ahmedabad, and ‘Best city in effective enforcement of three pro-poor reforms’.

The awards, comprising mementos, citations, and Rs.4.5 lakh in cash, were received by Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, and GVMC Special Officer S.K. Joshi.

Principal Secretary, MA&UD, Samir Sharma, GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, APUFIDC Managing Director Y. Madhusudhan Reddy, and GVMC Chief Engineer B. Jayrami Reddy were present. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Girija Vyas presided over the function.

Annual event

The annual awards are presented by selecting cities that performed well among the 63 mission cities.

Under JNNURM, the GVMC has taken up construction of 14,203 housing units for the poor, completed 14,139, and handed over 12,348 units to the beneficiaries.


The awards comprise mementos, citations, and Rs.4.5 lakh in cash