Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will lay the foundation stone for infrastructure development works to be taken up in the Old City at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore, ahead of the Ramzan festival season. The works will be completed within a specific time frame and as per an action plan for integrated development, ending problems pertaining to electricity, roads, traffic, drinking water, sewerage and stormwater drains in the Old City.
Simultaneously, the government will take up the Musi River Front Development programme at a cost of Rs 1,600 crore and Hyderabad Metro Rail project works at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore for all-round development of the Old City. The decisions were taken at a review meeting by the Chief Minister on the status of Old City development works at Pragathi Bhavan on Monday. Hyderabad MP and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi also participated in the meeting. Chief Secretary S K Joshi has been directed to oversee the progress of Old City infrastructure development works on a fortnightly basis.
To improve power supply situation in the Old City, the Chief Minister decided to provide necessary funding for the projects directly from the State government’s coffers rather than burdening the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with the expenditure. He wanted speedy completion of works before the festive season of Ramzan, Ganesh Chaturthi and Bonalu this year. Proposals have been cleared for setting up five new 33/11 KV sub-stations and also installing new transformers based on demand. Officials have been asked to complete necessary land acquisition for the sub-stations at the earliest.
Replacement of water pipes
Chandrashekhar Rao wanted the officials to replace all old drinking water pipelines which were laid before merger of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh and ensure tap connections to every household in the Old City. Ground Level Balancing Reservoirs (GLBR) will be constructed at seven locations to provide drinking water to maximum areas in the Old City.
At present, Hyderabad is being supplied 16.5 tmc from Krishna River and another 10 tmc from Godavari river to meet drinking water needs. Singur, Himayath Sagar and Osman Sagar are serving as alternative sources of drinking water. The government is also constructing Keshavapuram reservoir with 10 tmc capacity as part of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project to supply drinking water to Hyderabad. “In addition, we need to construct smaller reservoirs along the Outer Ring Road keeping in view the suburban areas,” the Chief Minister suggested.