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Floating Solar Power Plant Projects 08-May-2018
Floating Solar Power Plant project begins in Visakhapatnam. Floating Solar Power Plant in Visakhapatnam: The much-awaited floating solar power plant project in Visakhapatnam would soon turn out to be a reality. The project, which is planned at the Mudasarlova reservoir in the city, had its works begun from Monday. While the authorities have already installed the floating bases/boards in the reservoir, the solar panels are expected to be installed by the end of May. The Mudasarlova reservoir, located in Hanumanthawaka which is bestowing around 1 million gallons of water per day, will also be a bedrock for the floating power plant. The project is an adjunct of the Vizag smart city projects of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). We have started to set up the floating bases and solar plants are likely to be placed by the end of this month. The bases will have bed-like structure at the bottom so that when the water dries up, the panels will not get damaged. It may take two months for the completion of the project. Floating solar panels are now gaining a lot of popularity across the world. Their advanced technology is helping the world look at renewable energy in a new light. These solar panels can be deployed in cities to save land space and utilize water bodies such as lakes or reservoirs which they can shade the water thus reducing evaporation. The solar panels will be mounted on top of the floaters which will hover on the water. They are deemed...
 
RK Beach turns into a cesspool 02-May-2018
Visakhapatnam: Although heavy rains on Tuesday brought relief from the scorching sun, it was a nightmare for commuters, visitors, tourists and people living opposite RK beach. Normal life brought to a grinding halt. After heavy downpour in the morning, clouds dotted the sky throughout the day. This was accompanied by steady drizzle. To enjoy the weather, most families and college students ventured out onto the RK Beach Road. However, many of them were disappointed as the entire beach road was covered with garbage, including wine bottles and coconut shells. Drains overflowed in many parts of the city and pedestrians as well as commuters had a tough time in low-lying areas like Poorna Market, Kobarithotta, Reeliveedhi and Convent Junction. J Bhavesh, a college student who went with his family to spend some time on the beach road, said, “The weather changed completely, it was respite from the scorching heat that had been persisting. When we went for a stroll near RK Beach, we could sense a foul smell. The entire stretch was littered with garbage. It was disheartening to see the state of affairs as most of the people tend to throng the RK beach when the weather turns cloudy. We could not breathe fresh air. Foul smell was emanating from the garbage that got carried away with the drain water and was scattered on the road.” Another tourist from Odisha said, “I had a good time when I jogged in the morning. Later, I thought of taking my wife to the beach. However, it was a r...
 
Anna Canteen in Visakhapatnam 28-Apr-2018
Visakhapatnam to soon get its first Anna Canteen. Similar to Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu, Anna Canteens are planned to be set up in Visakhapatnam and reportedly, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has identified the sites for the proposed plan. The government is planning to set up at least one Anna canteen in the city by June 2nd. To set up around 24 canteens, GVMC has identified suitable sites across the city. Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD) is in touch with various departments concerned to discuss the land which is needed to set up the canteens. The plot for the Anna canteen near Turner’s Choultry belongs to the Endowment Department and another plot near Government Regional Eye Hospital belongs to the health department. The government has withdrawn the idea of constructing centralized kitchens which supply food for the canteens and are looking forward to private agencies like Akshayapatra for the kitchens’ construction. They are also planning to appoint a private agency to decide the price and menu of the food items. The state government had sent a team of commissioners from various civic bodies of AP, including GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan to Hyderabad and Chennai to observe how Annapurna and Amma canteens are functioned. The team has noticed that the standard menu and price on an average is Rs 5 for breakfast and Rs 10 for both lunch and dinner. The total cost for three meals a day wa...
 
Railway week celebrations begin 27-Apr-2018
Railway week celebrations begin in Visakhapatnam. VISAKHAPATNAM: The 63rd railway week celebrations began here on Thursday. The Waltair divisional railway manager MS Mathur spoke about the activities the division took up. Mathur said that the division was commissioned in the year 1893 with construction of Cuttack- Khurda Road-Puri railway line. East Coast Railway was created in the year 1996 and Waltair Division became its part in the year 2003. While talking about the financial performance of the division, Mathur said that total revenue of the division was 6,515 crore and the total expenditure in the year 2017-18 was 2,564 crore. The division carried total passenger traffic of 35.06 million, earning a revenue of 536.43 crores in the 2017-18 fiscal. For the first time in last 8 years, the division has achieved the highest loading target.
 
Now track school bus in real-time 24-Apr-2018
Inter student comes out with upgraded version of app with more features Concerned over safety of children going to school by bus, an Intermediate student has come up with an upgraded version of ‘My Children Bus Tracker’ app. Not content with the earlier model that had limited features, Adurthi Surya Chandra Pavan, young app developer, has incorporated more features to the location tracking app that now caters to parents, school management and bus drivers. User-friendly With a private school already using the app for the bus tracking, Mr. Pavan says the tool is user-friendly and cost-effective that gives notifications to users. “From the point of pick up to the destination, the real time location tracking app is available for Android users. Parents will also be able to view the real-time location of the bus, receive alerts and trace the location of the bus on the Google maps,” he says The modified ‘My Children Bus Tracker’ has three apps – ‘My Children Bus Tracker’ for parents, ‘My Children Bus Driver Console’ for bus drivers and ‘My Children Bus Management’ for school management. “When we met Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Venkateswara Rao, he suggested incorporating additional features to the earlier version of the bus tracker app and hence developed the upgraded one,” says Mr. Pavan. Apart from receiving notifications of children getting picked up from various points to school and dropped back at home, bus drivers or attendants can also send an ale...
 
Bandh partial, peaceful in city 17-Apr-2018
Protesters squat on roads holding up traffic at busy junctions The bandh call given by the Opposition parties demanding Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh and railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam apart from other assurances given in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, evoked mixed response in the city on Monday. Most of the schools declared a holiday in advance to avoid inconvenience to students. Banks were forced to down their shutters and public were not allowed to go into the banks. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. The bandh enforcers squatted on the National Highway at Maddilapalem, staged protests at Jagadamba junction resulting in the main roads and certain stretches of the National Highway, passing through the city, wearing a deserted look. The police diverted the traffic through arterial roads to facilitate the smooth flow of vehicles. This had, however, led to traffic jams on the bylanes. Leaders and activists of the Left parties and the YSR Congress Party squatted on the National Highway at Maddilapalem holding up traffic. The Left activists stayed put outside the Maddilapalem Depot of APSRTC and prevented buses from coming out of the city. YSRCP MP V. Vijay Sai Reddy, former MLAs Malla Vijay Prasad and Tynala Vijay Kumar, party’s district president Gudivada Amarnath went to the BSNL District General Manager’s Office and the Post Office at Dabagardens and forced their closure. Dig at BJP, TDP CPI(M)...
 
2-day workshop on building Startup 16-Apr-2018
2-day workshop on building Startup ecosystem to be held in Vizag. Visakhapatnam: AP Innovation Society in association with DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion) of Government of India, will conduct a two-day workshop on “Start-up Ecosystem Knowledge sharing” focusing on Building inclusive and Vibrant Start-up ecosystems on Monday and Tuesday at the Taj Gateway Hotel here. The objective behind this workshop is to share the knowledge about best practices of the start-up policy, followed by State government of Andhra Pradesh with other states and vice-versa. This workshop was conceptualized during the visit of Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary for DIPP to Sunrise Incubation hub, Vizag during Partnership Summit 2018. He had praised the initiatives taken up by Government of Andhra Pradesh and requested the State government’s nodal agency AP Innovation Society to mentor two states (West Bengal and Chhattisgarh) on creating successful as well as self-sustaining start-up ecosystem. The workshop will be attended by delegation from DIPP, and delegates from Start-up & Innovation councils/societies of around 12 states, AP State Government officials, Start-ups, Technology Business Incubators, Technology Business Accelerators, Industrial bodies such as NASSCOM, FICCI etc. The workshop will focus on the Start-ups, key growth drivers, Extrinsic and Intrinsic hindrances, Start-up Policy and its implementation. It acts as a platform for all the stakeholders of start-up...
 
World Health Day Celebrated 09-Apr-2018
Awareness rallies held to mark the occasion Awareness rallies, skits and meetings marked the World Health Day observed by various hospitals and institutions in the city on Saturday. World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of this year’s World Health Day is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone- Everywhere – 2018’. A rally was taken out by medical and nursing students, under the auspices of Andhra Medical College (AMC) from Kali Matha temple at R.K. Beach. Some of the students of AMC presented a skit to highlight the importance of World Health Day. Dr. C.V. Rao, Vice Chancellor of Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, flagged off the rally. Dr. P.V. Sudhakar. Principal, AMC, Dr. A. Bhagyalakshmi,Vice Principal, Dr. B. Devimadhavi, Professor and H o D, Community Medicine, Dr. A. Satyanarayana, professor and H o D, Anaesthesiology, Dr. K. Sathya Varaprasad, Director of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Dr. Vasundhara, in charge District Medical and Health Officer, and office bearers of IMA, Visakhapatnam, participated in the rally. At Divisional Railway Hospital the Health Department of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway observed the day. An awareness meeting on ‘Universal health coverage, everyone, everywhere’ was conducted under the guidance of the Chief Medical Superintendent B.G. Rao. Additional Divisional Railway Manager...
 
Helmet must for pillion rider too 07-Apr-2018
Traffic police launch special drive to enforce the rule. Now helmet rule has been made compulsory for both the two-wheeler rider and also pillion rider. The City Traffic Police have taken up the drive under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act – 1998 and they have decided to impose fine from Rs 100 to Rs 200 for pillion riders. To begin with we have taken a drive against youngsters and students and we will slowly take it up against others in a phased way,” said ADCP (Traffic) M. Ramesh Kumar. Accidents on the rise Despite the police initiating a number of preventive measures, accidents involving two-wheelers are on the rise. Of the total of 237 accidents recorded from January to February in 2018, two-wheeler drivers were responsible for about 76 road accidents. In two-wheeler road accidents about 19 people died and as many as 67 were injured, while in four-wheeler road accidents, six died and 59 were injured, said Mr. Ramesh Kumar. Of the 19 deaths in this year, 80 % of them were in the age group between 18 and 35 years and 90 % of them were not wearing helmets and had died due to severe head injuries, said ACP (Traffic) K. Prabhakar. Mr. Prabhakar said, “Most of the fatal cases involving two-wheelers, the cause is head injuries. When wearing a helmet can save a life, why not wear it. One should realise that a death in a family, especially if he or she is the breadwinner, the entire family is ruined. According to a survey by the Ministry of Road...
 
Tributes paid to Jagjivan Ram 06-Apr-2018
Former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram’s services to the nation were recalled at his 111th birth anniversary organised by the Social Welfare Department. Speaking at the official meeting organised by various departments, ZP Chairperson Lalam Bhavani and Collector Pravin Kumar recalled his services to society and oppressed classes in particular holding several important positions. They gave away benefits worth Rs 91 lakh to 31 persons. MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar, Joint Collector Two A. Siri, SC Corporation executive director Mahalakshmi, Social Welfare deputy director Ramana Murthy and representatives of various associations participated. At the SC Colony at Sitampeta, Fourth Town Dwaraka Zone Circle Inspector Rambabu garlanded the statue of the leader.
 
 
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