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Pushkaram works yet to pick pace

GUNTUR: Though Krishna Pushkarams are barely two months away, the works are going on at a snail’s pace. While the Government wants to make this mega event a massive success, the works are yet to pick pace.
Even at the main ghats like Old Amaravati and Seethanagaram, which are expected to attract lakhs of devotees, works are not expedited yet. The plan is to construct a 1.3 km long ghat connecting both Amaravati and Dharanikota ghat as Amara Lingeswara temple, one of the pancharamams, is located closeby and could attract up to 1.5 to 2 lakh people every day during the 12-day fete.
Similarly, Seethanagaram at Tadepalli, Penumudi in Repalle mandal, Anupu near Narajuna Sagar and Sathrasala in Rentachintala mandal are also expected to draw huge crowds. Seethanagaram is close to Prakasam barrage and Vijayawada railway station. Its proximity to Chennai-Kolkata National Highway too could see up to one lakh pilgrims everyday.
Irrigation superintending engineer KVLMP Chowdary said works worth Rs 50 crore are being taken up to develop pushkar ghats and exuded confidence that works would be completed as per schedule. However, the ground reality appears different as works are yet to start in some ghats and in some others, the pace of work is tardy.
Another major problem is with the laying of approach roads to Pushkar Ghats. The works are yet to pick up momentum. An official said on condition of anonymity that the problem lies in delay in according administrative sanctions and the non-release of funds. “Though the funds are sanctioned, they remain on paper. Only meagre amounts have been actually released and the contractors are not coming forward to execute the works without money,” the official said.


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