Warangal Urban: The second biggest city in Telangana, Warangal is all set to witness rapid growth with the development proposals worth Rs 1,000 crore have already been approved by the Smart City board.
On the other hand, the works aimed at improving drinking water supply to all the households under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) are also at a brisk pace. As the State government has also allotted Rs 600 crore special funds, the authorities of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) are busy preparing proposals for the development works to be taken up utilising special funds.
In an exclusive interview with Telangana Today, Mayor Nannapuneni Narender explains the ongoing development works in the city.
Status of ‘Smart City’ project
We are going to spend a total of Rs 2,700 crore under the Smart City project over a period of five years. The board of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has already given its nod for works at an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore. In the first phase, we will take up Rs 252 crore worth works and the tendering process of these works will be finished by September 30.
We are planning to develop Kakatiya Musical Garden, Public Garden, construct two Sewage Treatment Plants (STP), lay six roads in the identified area of the Smart City project in the first phase.
State government has allotted Rs 600 crore special funds for two years from the budget, but works are yet to start. Why?
We could not prepare the detailed project reports (DPRs) for the works to be taken up with the special funds due to issues related to administration. However, we have already got the administrative sanctions for Rs 300 crore and we are expecting the technical sanction by September end. And I am sure that we will take up the works in December this year. We are going to widen the bridges, construct smart roads, five arches at the entrances of the city. We will also take up development works in the identified model divisions in the city and also renovate the schools.
The city was also selected under AMRUT. What is the status of the scheme?
We were allotted Rs 542 crore funds under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The works of laying pipeline have already been started. As many as 29 over head tanks will be constructed under the scheme to provide water to all the households under the GWMC limits. We will be able to supply water to all the households round the clock. The works will be completed by November 18, 2018.
There is a proposal for setting up a bio-methanation plant as part of the solid waste management at Madikonda. When will the construction works begin?
The works of the bio-methanation plant will begin in about two months. It will treat about 500 tonnes of waste every day. There is no need of identifying the dumping yards as the plant will treat the solid waste and produce the biogas. It will be constructed under PPP model.
Removal of encroachments on nala is at snail’s pace. Reason?
We have already identified the encroachments and removed some structures. We are also issuing notices to some encroachers before taking an action.