25 August 2006

Puttaparthi To Get Major Facelift

Puttaparthi to get major facelift
Wednesday August 23 2006 11:36 IST

ANANTAPUR: Puttaparthi, the headquarters of Satya Saibaba, which is also one of the major tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh with majestic buildings and apartments and the serene Prashanathi Nilayam, is all set to witness a spurt in development activities.

The town has scores of people, including VVIPS from all over the country and abroad, visiting everyday.

Located on the banks of the Chitravathi River, Puttaparthi has more foreigners than any other place in the State. Visitors to the town often wonder whether they are in an Indian town or a foreign land.

But the road infrastructure in this famous place is no better than in any other Indian town. Except for the main road, all other roads are narrow, making it difficult for even autorickshaws to negotiate.

Low and hanging power cables in those narrow streets pose the danger of electrocution. Even though there are hundreds of posh apartments, one would be hard pressed to find a parking spot near them.

Recently, four village panchayats – Brahminapalle, Beedupalle, Enumulapalle, Kappalabanda – were merged with Puttaparthi, a major panchayat till two months ago. Considering the conditions, Sri Sathyasai Urban Development Authority (SUDA) drafted a master plan for the town’s development and beautification.

SUDA has already completed the Puttaparthi bypass road and even laid a double road on the bank of the Chitravathi River, to avoid traffic congestion in the town. It was also decided to ply RTC buses from that point only.

To apprise the State Government of the situation and seek its permission and assistance, SUDA Chairman K Sathyanarayana met Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy recently with the master plan.

According to him, Rs 24 crore is needed to implement the plan, which mainly focuses on wide roads with high mast streetlights and greenery on both sides. Development of greenery on both sides of the Chitravathi River is also part of the plan.

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