CM to launch infra mission today


CM to launch infra mission to day

chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will launch the infrastructure mission here at Hotel Novotel on Friday.

To mark the launching of the mission, a day-long discussion will be held on the need to develop AP as an infrastructure hub with particular focus on Visakhapatnam. The programme will be conducted by the Energy, Infrastructure and Investment Department. Panel discussions on port-led development of AP and creation of world-class logistic hub and industrial corridors and associated infrastructure will precede the Chief Minister’s address scheduled at 5 p.m. This will be followed by an interactive session.

 

Special trains to clear summer rush


East Coast Railway is running summer special express trains to clear extra rush of passengers between Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad and towards Bangalore.

Train no. 08503 Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad will leave Visakhapatnam on Mondays from March 31 to June 30 (13 trips) at 7.05 p.m. and will reach Secunderabad the next day at 7.50 a.m.

In the return direction, train no.08504 Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam express will leave Secunderabad on Tuesdays from April 1 to July 1 (13 trips) at 4.30 p.m. and will arrive here the next day at 6.30 a.m.

Train no. 08501 Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad will leave Visakhapatnam on Tuesdays from April 1 to June 24 (13 trips) at 11 p.m. and reach Secunderabad the next day at 11.45 a.m.

In the return direction the train no.08502 Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam express will leave Secunderabad on Wednesdays from April 2 to June 25 (13 trips) at 4.30 p.m. and arrive here on the next day at 6.45 a.m.

Similarly, East Coast Railway will run a pair of weekly summer special express trains between Sambalpur and Yesvantapur via Visakhpatnam leaving Sambalpur on Wednesdays and the return train from Yesvantapur on Fridays.

Surging sea takes a backward march


People told not to venture into the sea as current level will be very high during low tides

Pleasant surprise:A couple enjoying a walk on the beach after the sea made a backward march near Kursura Subnmarine Museum in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak

Pleasant surprise:A couple enjoying a walk on the beach after the sea made a backward march near Kursura Subnmarine Museum in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak

After raising panic among residents and authorities due to unprecedented surge last month leading to collapse of part of beach road near Kursura Submarine Museum, the sea took a backward march on Tuesday forcing regular beachgoers to watch it with wry amusement.

“We had a long stretch of beachfront for a change like Marina and famed beaches of Goa,” remarked Soma Sekhar, a cable TV operator.

The backward march fuelled speculation among the public about its probable cause.

When contacted, Dr. V.S.N. Murthy, Principal Scientist in-charge of National Institute of Oceanography, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre, told The Hindu that it could be due to lowest low tide this season as it occurred on fourth day after new moon. “The general trend is to have highest or lowest tide after new moon,” he said and cautioned people not to venture into sea as the current level would be very high during low tides.

A group of NIO scientists will measure the change in a day or two.

When the sea colour turned red last month, the NIO had ruled it out as a result of industrial pollution.

The sea surge exactly a month ago set off speculation in various circles that it was due to sea erosion.

Several factors were attributed, which include constructions by Visakhapatnam Port, installation of submarine museum on the beach and neglecting the need to nourish the beach from Coastal Battery onwards towards the museum.

Green activists had raised a ruckus over violation of coastal regulation zone guidelines by the builders’ lobby.

Following the furore after the sea surge, GVMC, Visakhapatnam Port, VUDA and others made a joint inspection and decided to take up ad hoc as well as permanent remedial measures to arrest beach erosion. They also sought experts’ opinion from Central Power and Water Research Institute, Pune and IIT-Madras.

 

The Hindu to host automobile show


It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

 

Helping you compare and select the best vehicle suited for your taste and budget The Hindu is organising a two-day Automobile Show here from Saturday.

The maiden automobile show by The Hindu in the city is being organised at the VUDA Grounds in MVP Colony. It would have most automobile manufacturers, including Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Mahindra, Tata, Yamaha, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota, among others, showcase their popular and upcoming models.

Banks and finance companies would also be present to help you pick up the best deal on the vehicle of your choice.

In the last two years, automobile industry has gone through a lot of challenges and managed an overall growth of three per cent. Scooters posted a whopping growth of 17 per cent while two-wheeler segment showed an overall growth of six per cent.

New models

With around 10 new models from all makes set to launch in 2014, the customers can be sure of getting a great deal. Renault is the presenting sponsor of the show and associate sponsors are Maruti Suzuki and Sundaram Honda. The show would be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday