news Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 05:30
    1. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed Vizag Metro Rail has been completed after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has been tasked to prepare DPRs for both Vizag and Vijayawada metro rail projects, will submit the report to the state government in two weeks, Deccan Chronicle reports.   2. President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday offered prayers at the Tirumala temple of Lord Venkateswara. He was accompanied by Telangana and AP Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. After landing at Renigunta Airport from Hyderabad, where he is on a southern sojourn, the president drove to Tiruchanoor and offered prayers at Padmavathi temple before travelling to Tirumala. Read more.   3. Coming down heavily on authorities for taking up a tourism project aimed at constructing Shilparamam, an arts and crafts village, on a lake bed on the outskirts of Nellore town, the Hyderabad High Court expressed concern that the lake might disappear and has directed authorities to submit all records related to the project, Sagarkumar Mutha writes for the Times of India.   4. The new Customs Commissionerate for AP has been set up at Vijayawada, which will be its headquarters to keep a close watch on smuggling activities in all the 13 districts of the state. The new office would have jurisdiction over all the existing airports, sea ports and the ones that are proposed by the state government. Read a report by The New Indian Express.   5. South Central Railway is planning to run a few unreserved special trains for the Godavari Pushkarams from Machilipatnam, Rajahmundry, Narsapur and Bhimavaram Junction from July 12 to 26 to ease travel to the Godavari river bank. These trains will halt at Bhimavaram Junction, Nidadavolu, Kovvur, Godavari and Rajahmundry stations in both directions. Here is a detailed list of the trains compiled by The Hindu.