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Visakhapatnam:  MPs Dr K Haribabu (Visakhapatnam), Kothapalle Gita (Araku) and M Srinivasa Rao (Anakapalli) pulled up the officials for not informing them on the progress of works being taken up under the Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana.

Participating at the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee meeting held here on Tuesday, Dr Haribabu said an amount of Rs 528 crore was sanctioned under the PMGSY in 2013 for laying roads in the rural areas, but so far only Rs 230 crore was spent. The MPs demanded the officials provide details of the works taken up so far.

Kothapalli Gita, who is  the chairman of the committee,  said the condition of  Araku-Paderu-Chintapalli road was worsened and all the sign boards disappeared resulting in frequent accidents.

The MPs also vented their ire at the DWMA officials for taking up works under benami and without the approval of the Grama Sabhas. Project director of  DWMA K Kalyan Chakravarthy said printed muster rolls were being issued and all the works were being approved by the Grama Sabhas.

Regarding conditions prevailing in the tribal schools, the Araku MP asked the officials to prepare digital classrooms and provide basic infrastructure, supply mosquito nets, bed sheets and beds to the ashram schools.

Haribabu pointed out that there are no toilets in the girls schools; though MPLADS funds are available , the officials are not sending proposals. 

Gita sought an explanation from the officials as to why only Rs 18 crore was spent on construction of school buildings when Rs 226 crore was sanctioned under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. All the three MPs lauded District Collector Praveen Kumar for keeping the city clean and free from garbage.