Chittoor:: Industries Minister N.Amarnath Reddy said criminal action would be imitated against those who undertook extraction of sand anywhere after dusk. Speaking to media, he said in view of the Yerpedu incident in which 17 persons were killed in a road accident last month when they were protesting against sand mafia, a decision had been taken. He said that sand can be taken from any source, but only for the purpose of housing for the common people, he said.
Guntur:: MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao today created a flutter by walking out of the meeting of MPs of the SC Railway Zone in Vijayawada. Speaking to media, he said that none of the proposals for halting of trains, expediting doubling work between Guntur and Tenali and development of the New Guntur railway station had not been realized. He said that he had sought a halt at the Vinukonda station for Kondaveedu Express and Prasanthi Express. Another halt was proposed at Siripuram for Janmabhoomi Express. He said that the General Manager could have sanctioned with his powers, he said.
Vijayawada:; The AP IT Minister Nara Lokesh will have hectic schedule in his official tour to New Delhi. Sources said he would meet a couple of Union Ministers and will discuss the projects for the State and allocation of funds. Sources said that he was constantly in touch with the officials working on clearing the permissions sought by HCL to set up its unit in the State. He made sure that all permissions were secured within 45 days and is now leaving to Delhi to hand them over to the Chairman of the company. Once, HCL becomes operational, it will employ 5,000 people in the State.
Tirupati:: Minister for Industries Amarnath Reddy today handed over cheques to the families of those injured in the Yerpedu accident at Munagalapalem village. A financial assistance of Rs.33 lakh was distributed to 20 persons injured in the accident and an assurance was made for provision of 11 outsourcing jobs and free education to 11 children. The State government has sanctioned Rs.1 lakh each for 14 persons seriously injured in the accident and Rs.50,000 for six partially injured persons.