Andhra Pradesh: after the trifurcation, the district of Chittoor has hardly any assets left

It has neither a public or central educational institution, nor an appropriate medical infrastructure, nor a permanent drinking water project.

It has neither a public or central educational institution, nor an appropriate medical infrastructure, nor a permanent drinking water project.

The residual Chittoor district, with its number of mandals reduced to 31 from 66, is expected to start administrative operations from Monday.

Mr. Harinarayan was retained as district collector. The new superintendent of police, Y. Rishant Reddy, is expected to take office soon.

The District Collector here, who has so far administered 66 mandals, now has a reduced presence of officials, most of them deployed to Annamayya and Tirupati districts.

The size of Chittoor district has now been reduced to 6,855 km2, with a population of 18.73 lakh.

New Revenue Divisions

Despite the inconvenience of the delay and the loss of major sources of revenue to newly carved districts, the people of Chittoor find solace in the creation of two new revenue divisions – Nagari in the east and Kuppam in the west, in plus the existing Chittoor and Palamaner. .

Most civil servants, representatives of the people and public groups believe that this will certainly result in administrative efficiency.

On the other hand, Chittoor has hardly any assets left in terms of education, income and tourism. Except for the Dravidian University, located 120 km from the district headquarters, and a few private colleges, Chittoor has no other public or central educational institutions.

According to a chief medical officer who works here at the district headquarters hospital, the district lacks proper medical and healthcare facilities. In case of emergency, people will have to rush to Tirupati hospital, he adds.

With the exception of a few industries on the outskirts of Chittoor, the district lacks any tangible source of job creation for young people. Already, a large part of the youth depends on Bangalore or Chennai for employment.

Sugar factories, both private and cooperative, having disappeared in Chittoor, the trifurcation of the district did not enthuse the agrarian sector.

Although it is a district seat, the long-standing demand of the people to stop some of the express trains in Chittoor has yet to be implemented.

More importantly, Chittoor district has no permanent drinking water project except NTR Jalasayam which is at the receiving end of the vagaries of nature. The highly publicized Handri-Neeva and Galeru-Nagari projects have not progressed in recent years, causing hardship for residents of the western mandals of Palamaner, Kuppam and Punganur. Horticulturists, mainly mango growers, see no hope of improving their businesses.

The presence of the Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple in Kanipakam, 11 km from Chittoor, offers some comfort to people. Administered by the Department of Endowments, the temple is currently undergoing a massive renovation program and derives most of its income from pilgrims from Tirumala and Srikalahasti.

Responding to the development, a retired civil servant, said parts of the residual districts could have been merged with neighboring districts. “It will take at least two years to actually see the effects of the Chittoor trifurcation. The district needs a special package to overcome the delay,” he said.

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