“Long live KTR. May the God give him strength to help many more people. I am very happy that he has immediately responded to my grievance and addressed it. The young minister is very quick in action,” said Seshanavaratnam, the octogenarian woman who stole the show at Friday’s Mana Nagaram program.
Close on the heels of the instructions of Minister for Municipal Administration K T Rama Rao, a team of officials of the GHMC inspected her residence in KPHB Colony. They immediately had the kitchen of Kritunga restaurant being operated in a low income group (LIG) residential apartment closed down.
The heat and pungent odour it generates has become extremely unbearable to occupants of the apartments in the same complex. The huge gas cylinders used for cooking purpose were posing a potential danger on the premises.
Zonal Commissioner of GHMC D Harichandana said that the restaurant did not have trade licence and the running of the kitchen was in contravention of the fire-safety norms prescribed by the Government.
The GHMC officials inspected the premises and found it to be violating the rules. Immediately, the officials served a notice on the owners and closed down the kitchen. The GHMC officials also sealed the premises.
Ms Harichandana said that Minister KTR wanted the officials to look into the matter immediately and attend to the grievance of the old woman who came all the way to submit a representation to the minister at the Mana Nagaram program of Kukatpally zone on Friday.
It may be recalled that the frail old woman, unable to stand straight and bent forward by more than half, gathered strength to walk up to the minister with the help of his personal staff. KTR gave a patient hearing to her grievance and asked Ms Harichandana and Chief City Planner Devender Reddy to act immediately on the issue.
The GHMC teams swung into action almost immediately and found the kitchen was being operated against the regulations and closed it down.
The octogenarian woman said that the restaurant people troubled the residents a lot and their earlier efforts to get this resolved were not successful. “Yesterday, I went to Mana Nagaram program of KTR and he was kind enough to pay special attention to me and direct the officials to look into the problem,” said Mrs Seshanavaratnam.
Her son Gopi said that the problem was persistent for six year. He said that the court orders being cited by the restaurant management had nothing to do with the premises in question. Gopi said that his mother was very happy and so were the residents of other apartments, after the kitchen was closed.
“The minister KTR is helping people like us. My mother has given her blessings to the minister,” he said. (NSS)