Bastis and Nalas need surgery: KCR

HYDERABAD: Ascertaining a number of civic problems from the residents of Parsigutta, Lala Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Amber Nagar and Boudha Nagar, Chilkalguda and so on, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao assured the residents that his government would provide permanent houses to the homeless like that of IDH colony housing facility, besides giving pensions to all the eligible.

During his second day tour of slum areas under “Swacch Hyderabad” program, the chief minister sat on the ground along with the people and enquired about their problems.

He spoke to them face-to-face in Amber Nagar. He also inspected a nearby stinking nala. When the people complained that overflowing nala was flooding the localities during rainy season and the drainage water was entering their houses, Rao asked them for the reason and suggest a permanent solution. To this, the slum-dwellers said the problem was arising due to illegal constructions along the open canal, and the problem will be solved if the government provides alternative place for them after dismantling the illegal constructions.

They also complained that many people do not have houses of their own and were forced to pay monthly rent in four to five thousand rupees.

After a patient hearing, the chief minister vowed to transform the area on par with Banjara Hills. There are many bastis (localities) in the twin cities that need immediate surgery to flush out trash, he said.

He said there was no dearth of funds to cleanse the stinking slums and the government needs only people’s wholehearted cooperation in the gigantic task of solving their problems, including insanitation, pollution, lack of basic civic amenities and infrastructure.

Rao assured the people that his government was looking for vacant places for construction of houses for the poor. He said soon the people will get a primary health center, a hospital with all facilities, a vegetable market, a junior college and a degree college in Secunderabad. He directed the officials concerned to give pensions to widows, old-age persons, beedi workers and other eligible persons.

Appealing to regularly clean the homes, premises and streets by dumping dust and trash into dustbins, Rao asked the municipal officials to set up adequate number of dustbins at all street corners and shift the same to prevent pollution and spread of diseases.

“The people should cooperate with the civic staff to take away garbage through two plastic dustbins to be provided free of cost”, he said.

Rao also undertook padayatra in New Ashok Nagar, Srinivasa Nagar and Raghava Garden areas. He promised to provide housing facility to the people living along the stretch of Nalas and for those who could not afford hefty rents.

He found that some people had occupied Nalas for their temporary shelter. The locals told Rao that they would convince those people to vacate the Nalas if the government offered them permanent housing facility.

Rao asked the officials to ensure that storm water was diverted to pipelines, instead of allowing stagnation on the roads emanating stench and causing environmental pollution and inconvenience to the denizens.

Other issues to be settled include widening of roads, setting up of drainage lanes and repair of old ones. There are many such areas that sans basic amenities and 465 persons like him are touring all the twin cities to find the issues he said. (NSS)

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