Hyderabad: Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said around 1,799 urban parks were being developed across the State in addition to the existing 1,893 parks. He said the State government was working towards development of urban parks on a large scale.
Responding to questions in the State Assembly on Tuesday, Rama Rao said of the 1,799 new urban parks, 587 parks are being developed under GHMC, and 1,109 under other municipalities and municipal corporations. HMDA took up development of the remaining 103 parks. “Some of these parks are being developed as tree parks, while others are being developed as landscape, urban and Panchatatva parks. Around 797 parks have already been developed,” he said.
The Minister said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was a lover of greenery and hence, was promoting Haritha Haaram on a large scale. He pointed out that under the new Municipal Act, the State government had made it mandatory for all the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to set aside 10 per cent of their budgets as green budget to develop greenery. “No other State in the country has similar provision or approach towards greenery. The plantation is being taken up as per the Urban Green Plans prepared by the respective ULBs. With promotion of Haritha Haaram, a culture of planting saplings is being imbibed into citizens,” he added.
Rama Rao said the State government has initiated strict measures to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the saplings survived. As a result, the green cover in the State has increased to 29 per cent of its total area from 24 per cent after the State formation. He said more than 1,000 nurseries were being operated in all ULBs. He said the largest urban eco park in the country was developed in about 297 acres on the outskirts of Mahabubnagar. He responded positively to develop an urban lung space in Chennur constituency.
He said open gyms and public toilets were being developed in GHMC parks based on availability of space. Further, rain water harvesting structures and water sumps were also being developed in parks to provide necessary water to plants. “A new policy will be brought out soon to reuse water treated from Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) for watering plants. We also consider suggestions from the legislators to develop cycling tracks and skating rings in urban parks,” he assured.
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