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IFR-Free passes have become a topic of discussion

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Visakhapatnam

The district administration has started issuing passes for the naval carnival on Friday and on the first day, nearly 20,000 passes were distributed through the 154 Mee-Seva Centres in the city. As many as 1.4 lakh free passes will be issued for the event according to sources. People can collect one free pass per person after submitting a photocopy of their Aadhaar card. Each Mee-Seva Centre was given 500 passes on Friday.

On distribution of free passes, the District Collector Dr. N.Yuvaraj said tht he had received several complaints on the issuance of free passes. He said that he immediately sent officials to the centre to verify the documents. He said that Mee Seva Centre would face stringent action if found guilty of violating the rule of first come first basis.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the IFR will be a golden opportunity for the city to showcase its natural beauty and its strategic importance in terms of maritime trade. He said that elaborate arrangements were being made for the convenience of the delegates who would be attending the event. Security has also been tightened in view of Republic Day and the presence of VVIPS from both foreign and India would be attending, he said.

GVMC has spent Rs.80 crore so far and VUDA spent Rs.23 crore for IFR works like beautification of the city so far, said Ganta Srinivasa Rao. District Collector Dr.N.Yuvraj and Commissioner of Police Amit Garg said that full level rehearsal would be held on January 27, 28 and 29 and International City Parade would be held on February 3 and 4.


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