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Chandrababu Naidu source: sirulu.com
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source: sirulu.com

By Newsgram staff writer

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has entrusted the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail projects to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday.

Naidu made the announcement in Vijayawada after principal advisor of DMRC, E Sreedharan submitted the Detailed Project Reports (DPR’s) to him in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The metro project in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam is estimated to cost Rs 12,727 crore while the one in Vijayawada will cost Rs 6,769 crore. DMRC had been asked to complete both by December 2018, Naidu told reporters.

Venkaiah Naidu said Visakhapatnam metro would be developed on two corridors over a total length of 42.55 km.

The metro in Vijayawada is proposed to be developed on a 26.03 km corridor. The union minister said though Vijayawada does not meet the population criteria of 20 lakh for taking up the metro project, the central government had relaxed the rule.

He promised all help from the Centre for the completion of the metro projects which were being taken up as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

“We have decided to start work on Visakhapatnam metro. The ministry of urban development is studying Vijayawada metro project. We will finalise funding sources,” he said.

The union minister said since the low population of Guntur doesn’t make metro rail feasible, they were planning to have high-speed rail between Guntur and Vijayawada via Amaravati. DMRC has been asked to prepare the DPR for it.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)