Hyderabad Dec 8: Several areas in the rich coastal Godavari districts are facing a threat of losing drinking water supply because of oil exploration in the Krishna-Godavari basin.

Compensation fails to rehabilitate Polavaram

Rajahmundry Nov. 27: In the wake of the increasing number of irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the state government has taken up an exercise to streamline its implementation by training field and technical staff and systematise the execution of the works.

Rajahmundry, Nov. 25: The state government issued an order declaring Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary as a National Park recently. The government issued GO No. 144 declaring the wildlife sanctuary as a national park to be developed in an area covering about 1,012.85 square kilometres.

Rajahmundry Nov. 13: The Centre has proposed to introduce injec-table trivalent polio vaccine in the immunisation schedule of children below one year, shortly.

Hyderabad, Nov. 4: The state government issued orders notifying Papikonda wildlife sanctuary as a national park. This became necessary as works were taken up in the sanctuary area for the Polavaram project. The animals in the national park will be shifted.

Hyderabad, Oct. 20: People of the state are still unable to get iodised cooking salt of proper standards that helps fight goitre, retardation in children and reproductive failure in females. Health experts are sad that even on Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day, which falls on October 21, no thought is being given to this health need of the populace.

Rajahmundry, Oct. 15: After facing the nature

Rajahmundry, Oct. 14: The Centre is planning to develop the Papikonda wildlife sanctuary into a national park. The sanctuary is around 591 sq kms area and is spread over in East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam districts. The forest authorities have recently carried out a survey to identify the thick forest areas adjoining the sanctuary limits and identified nearly 283 sq km.

The present study was taken up during 2007-08 in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Stratified random sampling was adopted to select the respondents. A total of 480 respondents were selected from 16 villages across four mandals of the East Godavari district. The selected mandals are predominantly shrimp farming areas, with optimum salinity and excellent irrigation facilities.