Nellore is the 4th largest city in the recently reorganized state of Andhra Pradesh after Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur and Tirupati. The city has a population of 600,000 people.

The cash strapped Nellore municipal corporation’s mayor Sk. Abdul Aziz is looking at leveraging the recently announced Smart Ward scheme of the state in seeking support from city’s industrialists and businessmen who have settled elsewhere. He proposes to rope them in for development of facilities through adoption of various wards in the city.

According to the District Collector Collector M. Janaki there are now 940 villages and 240 wards in Nellore district open for adoption under Smart Village, Smart Ward and Smart Andhra Pradesh program announced by CM Chandra Babu Naidu. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar recently adopted Puttam Raju Kandriga near Gudur.