Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said that a rural health programme is being taken up on a large-scale under the National Rural Health Mission and Rajiv Arogya Sri programme. Inaugurating the three-day health camp being organised at the local JNTU College of Engineering campus on Sunday, the minister said that the government at the Centre was keen on extending medical facilities to people in rural areas on par with urban areas.

District Collector Navin Mittal on Wednesday expressed displeasure over non-completion of first phase of Indiramma Housing Scheme. He said 41,606 houses were constructed of the 66,886 sanctioned in the first phase.

Chemical effluents released from factories that came up on the outskirts of Adilabad town into the tanks of the surrounding villages caused the death of 40 quintals of fish in the last two days. Villagers and fishermen of Chanda (T) village of Adilabad staged a protest on Wednesday along with dead fish brought in gunny bags alleging negligence on the part of officials concerned in taking action against managements of private factories that released harmful effluents.

State government is contemplating to set up a petro chemical corridor in the coastal area shortly. Minister for major industries J. Geeta Reddy announced this while responding to a query from local MLA Routhu Surya Prakasa Rao during question hour in the State Legislative Assembly. In a statement issued by the legislator here on Wednesday, a coastal petro chemical corridor spread over about 175 km distance, connecting Kakinada and Visakhapatnam at a cost of Rs 60,000 crores, would be coming up.

The Karimnagar Municipal Corporation has embarked on construction of a new filter bed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.30 crore near the Lower Manair Dam (LMD) in the town. The new water purification mechanism is being installed as part of a comprehensive plan to meet the drinking water requirements of the rapidly expanding town with a futuristic vision, sources said. Karimnagar mayor D. Shankar formally launched the construction works here on Monday.

The city water board has prepared a detailed project report to strengthen the supply network on the outskirts of the city at an estimated cost of Rs 3,600 crore. The idea is to provide infrastructure at par with the core city in the 12 erstwhile municipalities which were merged to form Greater Hyderabad.

The state health administration will carry out a door-to-door polio immunisation programme from February 11 to 13 in the wake of increasing reports about wild virus in various areas. Nomadic tribes and migrant labourers are target groups as they are carrying the wild polio virus.

Efforts are being made to set up another thermal power station with a capacity of 500 mw called Pithead Thermal Power Project (PTPP) in Sattupalli by APGenco. The officials of APGenco started clearing the bottlenecks in setting up the power project there such as finding water, land and coal linkage.

Companies oppose electricity-saving methods as they may hit revenue

In an unusual move, power utilities in the state expressed their unwillingness to take up power saving methods. They reasoned that the power-saving methods would adversely affect their incomes.

The authorities were spending Rs 2 crore for the development of horticulture in Prakasam district, said Mr M. Venkateswarlu, additional director of horticulture, here on Sunday.