The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has provided fishermen-friendly mobile applications to boat operators who venture deep into the Bay of Bengal. The MSSRF, in collaboration with technology-provider Qualcomm Company, distributed some 20 hand-held devices with the app. to select boat operators belonging to Gilakaladindi and Campbellpeta areas in Krishna district. The services provided by the app include tracking potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast such as length of the waves in the sea and weather conditions. The hand-held device would also provide market information, news and government schemes meant for fisher folk. “The beneficiaries all depend on fishing for a livelihood. They were trained in the operation of the application and the mobile,” said Machilipatnam based MSSRF representative D. Srinivasa Rao. The app provides data both in English and Telugu. Plans are afoot to cover more boat operators in Krishna district once the application is proved worthy.
A group of monkeys sauntering along a road at Thotlavalluru mandal of Krishna district.— Photo: V. RAJU
Collector holds review meet on the three-day celebrations.
East Godavari district administration is making arrangements for the celebration of three-day ‘beach festival’ at Vakalapudi beach for the second consecutive year from January 10.
Addressing a review meeting with the officials of various departments here on Wednesday, Collector Neetu Prasad said that the State government allocated Rs.12 lakh for the last festival, while the sponsors had come out with another Rs. 40 lakh. She said that efforts were on to get more funds from the government for this year event as the first round of beach festival was a grand success.
Recalling the traffic congestion on the Beach Road during the last festival, the Collector asked the police to identify alternative routes to avoid traffic jams.
Different committees were appointed to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival and the convener of each committee was directly answerable to the Collector. Similarly, a sponsors’ meet would be conducted in which the hoteliers and tour operators would be invited. Ms. Neetu asked the officials to arrange a photo exhibition that would depict the places of importance in the district.
She also suggested arrangement of stalls in the exhibition by the government departments.
Cultural performances would be arranged on all the three days for providing entertainment to the audience, she said.
- The festival to begin on January 10
- First round of the festival was a grand success, says Neetu
Street urchins walk on a road near Machilipatnam immersed in talk while carrying on their daily routine of collecting metal objects.-— PHOTOs: V. RAJU.