Hyderabad: The State government is committed to develop Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area limits through allocation of adequate funds and by drafting strategic plans at every stage, Minister for Municipal Administration K T Rama Rao said here on Tuesday.
Replying to a question in Legislative Council during question hour, the Minister said unlike previous governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government allocated huge funds and subsequently released it too for development.
“Due to strategic measured adopted by the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), the city does not face water scarcity even in peak summer,“ the Minister said.
Rama Rao said the huge funds allocated to GHMC was aimed at transforming Hyderabad into a truly ‘Global city.’ “Other than the budgetary allocations, Chief Minister K Chandrasahekhar Rao had sanctioned additional funds to GHMC and Hyderabad Road Development Corporation,” he said.
The Minister said the government had chalked out a Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) with an outlay of Rs 20,000 crore which would be completed in four stages. “For stage-I, the government has released Rs 2,500 crore and another Rs 1,000 crore will be raised through Municipal Corporation bonds for implementation of SRDP” Rao said.
Clarifying on 2BHK housing scheme, the Minister explained that the State government had committed to construct one lakh houses in GHMC limits and allocated Rs 8,650 crore for the project without taking a single pie from GHMC. “It may take some time to clear the shortcoming left by successive governments in the development of the city, and in any case, global cities can’t be developed overnight,” he said.