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PM'S VISIT TO PUTTAPARTHI  - MEDIA NEWS


Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being received by Andhra Pradesh minister for Animal Husbandry Nimmala Krishtappa at Prasanthi Nilayam airport on Wednesday. PTI


Water projects: CM all praise for Satya Sai Trust

THE HINDU - 13TH FEBRUARY, 2004

By Our Staff Reporter

PUTTAPARTHI, FEB. 12. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has appreciated the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust for taking up several projects for the benefit of people in Andhra Pradesh and other States.

He said that the Rs. 200-crore Sai Ganga project, a part of the Telugu Ganga project, has enabled supply of drinking water to Chennai in assured quantities. He thanked the gracious support of Satya Saibaba for the drinking water projects, adding that the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, too felt happy when told about the projects.

In an impromptu press conference at Sri Satya Sai airport here on Thursday, he said that the lining of Kandaleru-Poondi canal, improvement to the vulnerable sections in Kandaleru reservoir, revetment, silt clearance and other works taken up under the Sai Ganga project had enabled supply of assured quantity of drinking water to Chennai.

Revetment to Kandaleru reservoir, cement linking to K-P canal, construction of two escape structures to let out excessive inflow into Kandaleru during floods, construction of 50 inlets for feeding rainwater into the reservoir form the nearby hilly region, strengthening of approach channels in the reservoir belt, construction of RCC walls across slopes, silt clearance in K-P canal to a length of about 50 km were among other works taken up with the help of Rs. 200 crores assistance extended by the Satya Sai Trust, he said.

The present population of Chennai (about 50 lakhs) would actually require 942 MLD of water but the sources in Tamil Nadu were able to supply only 250 MLD. The gap in the demand was being met from the supply of water through Telugu Ganga canal and the works taken up as part of Sai Ganga project. Besides, the Trust had also completed drinking water projects for 730 villages in Anantapur district at a cost of Rs. 300 crores benefiting 12-lakh people, projects in 179 villages in Medak district at a cost of Rs. 27 crores benefiting 4.5-lakh people and another 141 villages in Mahbubnagar district at a cost of Rs. 26 crores quenching the thirst of 3.5 lakh people.

In all, the Trust had extended Rs. 553 crores for drinking water projects, he said.

Mr. Naidu also pointed out that a Rs. 30-crore project to improve drinking water supply to 1,000 villages in Chittoor district was in progress. It was taken up under Janmabhoomi with the Satya Sai Trust contributing 36 per cent of the cost and the Government the remaining 64 per cent.

To a query on the lack of water allocation to the Satya Sai Water Supply Scheme in Anantapur district, he said the scheme would be given water from the 5 tmcft of allocation to the Penna Ahobilam balancing reservoir along with the drinking water project to the water starved villages in Penukonda, Dharmavaram, Madakasira, Hindupur and Gorantla constituencies. He also assured sufficient funds for the development of Puttaparthi as a global spiritual and tourism centre.

No politics, says CM

Mr. Naidu in contrast to his earlier press conferences chose not to talk politics and preferred to focus on development.

Speaking to newspersons after seeing off Mr. Vajpayee at the Satya Sai airport he said, "No politics please. I won't speak any politics and you don't asking me anything related to politics. We will talk only development."

He, however, discussed politics at Prashanti Nilayam, the abode of Satya Saibaba, when he called on Mr. Vajpayee and also had a meeting with the TDP leaders of the district on Wednesday night.

His also reportedly had a brief chat with Paritala Ravindra, while driving down to the Sai Srinivasa guesthouse from the airport along with Mr. Ravindra.


PM has darshan of Sai Baba (NEWINDPRESS.COM)
Thursday February 12 2004 00:22 IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee arrived at Puttaparthi on Wednesday evening on a two-day visit amidst very tight security.

Senior Telugu Desam leaders from the district and police officials accorded a warm reception to the Prime Minister at Sri Satya Sai airport. Caretaker Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was supposed to receive Vajpayee, informed the latter about his inability to be available at the airport as he was pre-occupied with other programmes in the neighbouring Kadapa district.

From the airport, the Prime Minister drove straight to Sri Sai Srinivasa Guest House. Later, he went to Prashanti Nilayam and had darshan of Sri Satya Sai Baba. Fifteen minutes later, Vajpayee returned to the guesthouse.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet Sri Satya Sai Baba on Thursday morning again before leaving for Delhi.

The chief minister, who will also stay in Sri Sai Srinivasa Guest House, will have a darshan of Sri Satya Sai Baba on Thursday morning before leaving for Chittoor.

In view of the stepped up violence by outlawed People's War Naxalites in the district, police have made elaborate security arrangements. The police have virtually taken over the airport, guest house and are all over the town.


FROM DECCAN HERALD

Saffron handshake...Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with Sri Satya Sai Baba at his ashram at Puttaparthi in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

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Vajpayee meets Naidu, Sai Baba (ASIAN AGE)
- By PTI
 

Puttaparthi: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had a one-to-one meeting at Prashanti Nilayam, the abode of godman Sai Baba, here on Wednesday. Mr Vajpayee, who met Sai Baba earlier, is leaving for Delhi on Thursday morning.


Vajpayee holds second one-to-one meeting with Sai Baba (HINDUSTAN TIMES.COM)
Press Trust of India
Puttaparthi (AP), February 12
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a one-hour long audience with spiritual leader Sai Baba, the second during his two-day visit to this spiritual town, before emplaning for Delhi on Thursday morning.

Official sources said Vajpayee met Sai Baba at his abode, Prashanti Nilayam, where the prime minister stayed overnight and had a 15-minute audience soon after his arrival amidst unprecedented security on Wednesday.

In the wake of activities of outlawed People's War Group in the naxal-hit Ananthpur district, police had thrown a thick security blanket and "sanitised" the entire route from the airport to Prashanti Nilayam.

Bomb disposal squads were deployed and round-the-clock patrol held as part of beefed up security.

During Vajpayee's stay here, Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam leader Chandrababu Naidu also had a 45-minute meeting with him on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Naidu had a "darshan" of Sai Baba on Thursday morning.


Warm welcome to PM at Puttaparthi  (THE HINDU)

By Our Staff Reporter

PUTTAPARTHI, FEB. 11. The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, arrived here this evening on a two-day visit to the spiritual town. He was given a warm reception by officials and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telugu Desam Party.

Mr. Vajpayee along with his official entourage arrived at the Satya Sai airport by a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force at 4.25 p.m. He was received by the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, N. Kistappa, former MPs — K. Srinivasulu and B.K. Parthasarathi — the Zilla Parishad Chairperson, J. Suryanarayana, the district president of the TDP, V. Hanumantharaya Chowdary, the district president of the BJP, V. Pundareekaksha Reddy, the party leaders — M.S. Parthasarathi, P. Venkataramanappa, and B.S. Vidyasagar — and others.

The District Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, the secretary of the Satya Sai Central Trust, S. Chakravarthy, and others were also among those who welcomed the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister drove straight to the Sai Srinivasa guest house for stay and visited Sri Satya Saibaba in the evening.

He spent half an hour at the Sai Kulwanth Auditorium having general darshan of Saibaba.

Later, he had a special darshan for 15 minutes in the green room.

Security for the Prime Minister was so tight that only a handful of politicians from the BJP and TDP and a few lensmen of the media were allowed at the airport.



Puttaparthi (Andhra Pradesh), Feb. 11. (PTI): Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today arrived at this spiritual town of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on a two-day visit.
 
Soon after his arrival, Vajpayee, who was received by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and other officials, drove straight to Srinivasa Guest House. He would have darshan of Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam.
 
The Prime Minister will have an overnight halt here. 
Vajpayee to arrive in Sai Baba town on two-day visit (INDIA EXPRESS.COM)
12.28 IST   11th Feb 2004

By IndiaExpress

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is arriving in the holy town of Puttaparthi of Sri Sathya Sai Baba this afternoon on a two-day visit, amidst unprecedented security in view of stepped up violence by outlawed People's War Group in the district.

Vajpayee is slated to arrive at around 3 p.m. and have darshan of Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam, his abode. The Prime Minister would have overnight halt in Puttaparthi. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also coming.

The Prime Minister's convoy route from airport to Prashanti Nilayam, and its premises, have been "sterilised" by bomb disposal squads drawn from Kurnool and Chittor districts.

Round-the-clock patrolling has been on.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements. Every vehicle coming to the town is being checked and hotels and lodges as well as buildings in the Nilayam have also been scanned.

The Special Protection Group, National Security Guard, Armed Reserve Police, Andhra Pradesh Special Police and a large number of police personnel are part of the security cover.
Prime Minister Vajpayee to visit Sathya Sai Baba (DEEPIKA GLOBAL.COM)

New Delhi : Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will visit Sathya Sai Baba, a spiritual leader with millions of followers worldwide, at his ashram in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said.

Vajpayee will leave for Puttaparthi in the afternoon after visiting Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom calls on him at his official residence and return to New Delhi on Thursday.

"The prime minister has no other engagements in Puttaparthi," an official said. Vajpayee is visiting the highly revered guru ahead of the national elections expected in April-May.

PTI adds: The Prime Minister is arriving at this spiritual town of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Wednesday afternoon on a two-day visit, amidst unprecedented security in view of stepped up violence by outlawed People's War Group in the district.

Vajpayee is slated to arrive at around 3 pm And have darshan of Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam, his abode. The Prime Minister would have overnight halt here. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also coming.

The Prime Minister's convoy route from airport to Prashanti Nilayam, and its premises, have been "sterilised" by bomb disposal squads drawn from Kurnool and Chittor districts. Round-the-clock patrolling has been on.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements. Every vehicle coming to the town is being checked and hotels and lodges as well as buildings in the Nilayam have also been scanned.

The Special Protection Group, National Security Guard, Armed Reserve Police, Andhra Pradesh Special Police and a large number of police personnel are part of the security cover.
 


PM TO VISIT PUTTAPARTHI - THE HINDU 10TH FEBRUARY, 2004

PM to visit Puttaparthi

By Our Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR, FEB. 9. The Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, will arrive at Puttaparthi on February 11 on a two-day visit to the spiritual town. According to the tentative programme, he will return to Delhi on February 12 afternoon.

According to officials, the Prime Minister will arrive at Puttaparthi airport by a special IAF aircraft at 2 pm on February 11. He will proceed to the guest house in Prashanti Nilayam immediately. He will have darshan of Satya Saibaba between 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm on February 11.

After making the night halt in Prashanti Nilayam the Prime Minister will leave for Delhi at 11.20 am on February 12. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is also likely to arrive at Puttaparthi on February 11. Meanwhile, the district administration is making tight security arrangements for the PM's visit. Sleuths of the SPG have already arrived at Puttaparthi to oversee the foolproof security arrangements. Unprecedented security arrangements are being made, particularly in the backdrop of the People's War attack on TDP leaders in the district on February 8.

The district Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, the DIG of Police of Anantapur Range, Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, the Superintendent of Police, Anil Kumar, and other key officials are camping at Puttaparthi to oversee the arrangements.

Sonia's visit: The Congress president, Sonia Gandi, is also likely to make a brief visit to Puttaparthi on February 18. According to party sources, they are yet to get details of their leader's visit.


TIGHT SECURITY FOR PM'S PUTTAPARTHI VISIT - THE HINDU 10TH FEBRUARY, 2004

Tight security for PM's Puttaparthi visit

By Our Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR, FEB. 10. Unprecedented security measures have been taken for the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee's two-day visit to Puttaparthi commencing tomorrow. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is also coming.

Sterilisation of the Prime Minister's convoy route, from the airport to Prashanti Nilayam and within the nilayam campus, has been taken up with bomb disposal squads checking the route continuously in three shifts. Round-the-clock patrolling has also been on for the last three days.

According to police sources, every vehicle -- Government and private - entering the spiritual town is being thoroughly checked.

Hotels and lodges in the town are also being scanned. Besides, police teams led by the National Security Guards have also been checking buildings within the nilayam.

Unprecedented security measures have been taken up after the observation of the Prakash Singh Commission, which went into the security set-up at Tirupati and Puttaparthi along with probing into the Alipiri attack on Mr. Naidu.


THE TIMES OF INDIA INDIA; INDIA

PM meets Sai Baba

PTI[ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004 01:00:11 AM ]

PUTTAPARTHI: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday met spiritual leader Sai Baba at his abode after arriving here on a two- day visit amid unprecedented security in the Naxalite violence-hit Ananthpur district.

Vajpayee was closetted with Sai Baba for about 15 minutes at 'Green Room', the interview hall of Baba at his abode Prashanti Nilayam, official sources said. He also spent five minutes at 'Bhajan Hall'.

The Prime Minister's convoy route from the airport to Prashanti Nilayam had been "sterlised" by bomb disposal squads drawn from Kurnool and Chitoor districts with a round-the-clock patrol on as part of tightened security. The Prime Minister will leave for Delhi today.


 

PM FOR PUTTAPARTHI TODAY - Deccan Chroncile 11th February, 2004

Anantapur, Feb. 10: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is arriving in Puttaparthi on Wednesday for a two-day visit. Official sources said that the Prime Minister would reach Sri Satya Sai Airport at 3.30 pm. Caretaker Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, State BJP president N Indrasena Reddy and others would receive him at the airport. The Prime Minister would leave Puttaparthi at 11.30 am on Thursday.

Apart from the 50 SPG personnel, who are already in Puttaparthi, three additional SPs, eight DSPs, 30 CIs, 70 SIs, 75 ASIs, 600 constables, five platoons of armed reserve police, two platoons of APSP and a platoon of Special Greyhounds Force would be deployed at Puttaparthi during the Prime Minister’s visit, police sources said.


NEWS FROM NEWINDPRESS.COM

B R E A K I N G N E W S

February 11, 2004

 

Vajpayee to visit Sathya Sai Baba
Wednesday February 11 2004 11:36 IST

Agencies

PUTTAPARTHI: Prime Minister A B Vajpayee will visit Sathya Sai Baba at his ashram in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said.

The Prime Minister is arriving at this spiritual town of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on a two-day visit, amidst unprecedented security in view of stepped up violence by outlawed People's War Group in the district.

Vajpayee is slated to arrive at around 3 pm after visiting Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom calls on him at his official residence and have darshan of Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam, his abode.

The Prime Minister would have overnight halt here and return to New Delhi on Thursday. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also coming.

"The prime minister has no other engagements in Puttaparthi," an official said. Vajpayee is visiting the highly revered guru ahead of the national elections expected in April-May.

The Prime Minister's convoy route from airport to Prashanti Nilayam, and its premises, have been "sterilised" by bomb disposal squads drawn from Kurnool and Chittor districts. Round-the-clock patrolling has been on.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements. Every vehicle coming to the town is being checked and hotels and lodges as well as buildings in the Nilayam have also been scanned.

The Special Protection Group, National Security Guard, Armed Reserve Police, Andhra Pradesh Special Police and a large number of police personnel are part of the security cover.