- Action plan by 2018 to make it a model city: KTR
Hyderabad: IT & Industries Minister K Taraka Rama Rao has declared that Greater Hyderabad will be developed into a model city by implementing a perfect action plan by 2018.
Speaking during a short discussion on GHMC and Hyderabad Development in the Assembly on Tuesday, KTR said the State government was keen on developing Hyderabad by involving all the parties concerned.
Slamming the opposition parties for its baseless criticism that the State government and the GHMC have failed to develop Hyderabad into a global destination as it lacks basic facilities — potholed roads, inordinate delay in Metro Rail works, housing scheme, drinking water problem in some pockets, garbage and pollution — KTR said since one-third of State population was in Hyderabad, the government was cautious to implement a plan of action to address the issues.
Asserting that GHMC was zooming towards monumental development, KTR pointed out that Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad) has been transformed into a hub of Information Technology, brought about revolutionary changes in the management of sanitation, gave top priority to Swatcch Hyderabad. He also said steps were being taken to ensure daily water supply to the citizens by the end of this year. He also declared that by 2018 all the city outskirts would get safe drinking water.
Pointing out that 2,000 auto tippers were pressed into service in the capital city to collect garbage for which 48,000 bins were distributed to the citizens, KTR said illegal constructions on the nalas were being demolished and a bridge across the Durgam Cheruvu will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 180 crores. He also said plastic mixture was being used for laying BT roads for quality construction and five radial roads were being laid at a cost of Rs 2,500 crores, out of which three roads were completed and two others will be laid at an additional cost of Rs 1000 crores.
The IT Minister said water purification plants were being set up all along Musi River to curb pollution. Besides, Rs 54 crores was earmarked for diverting Kukatpally nala water. He also said the government allocated Rs 625 crores for creating loan facility for self-help groups in Hyderabad.
The minister said as the government was getting 45 per cent of GDP from Hyderabad alone it is ready to take suggestions from the opposition parties to develop Hyderabad into a global city. Hyderabad which is surrounded by 11 new districts is the driving force for Telangana financial sector. He pointed out that the TRS had won 99 seats in the GHMC elections for doing some significant work and addressing key problems like power supply, drinking water, drainage and sewage besides clearing garbage in a scientific manner.
Wanting to know whether the opposition members forgot about dharnas and agitations at Indira Park for water, power and other basic amenities, KTR said cities will not become global cities overnight. He said now Telangana State is No. 1 in the country in Ease of Doing Business with its best industrial policy. He also said various developmental programmes have been taken up, including removal of illegal structures on nalas, regularization process, cleansing of Hussain Sagar, Musi development, control of law & order and so on. He said the roads digging works were being permitted only after confirming tenders for road restoration contract as part of reforms.
HMDA Commissioner releases diary
Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Commissioner T Chiranjeevulu released its new diary on Tuesday at HMDA office. He said the diary has information about the set up of HMDA, allied projects, government directions, master plan, LRS, BRS and other rules and regulations, which are helpful not only to common people but also to the officials working with the HMDA. HMDA secretary K Aruna Kumari said they published the diary for the first time though the HMDA had been set up eight years ago with the encouragement of Chiranjeevulu. -NSS