Hyderabad: Hyderabad, already acknowledged by international agencies as among the most dynamic cities in the world, is all set to emerge as a mega city by 2030.
Stating this here on Friday, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said several experts and institutions also pointed out that the Telangana capital was witnessing faster development than all other cities in the country. Presently, Hyderabad was ranked the 15th biggest city in the country, and in the next few years, it would be the third biggest, the Minister said.
He was speaking after declaring open the 940-m-long Kamineni left side flyover constructed at a cost of Rs 49 crore. He said this was the first flyover and the fourth structure to be completed under the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP). Among the SRDP works worth Rs 23,000 crore, works worth Rs 9,000 crore were already in progress. Parallel to the LHS flyover at Kamineni junction, another 940-m-long structure would come up in six months, he said.
The Minister, however, said irrespective of flyovers and underpasses that were being constructed in the city, the traffic scenario would not improve unless people preferred public transportation facilities. The city got a population of one crore and there were nearly 50 lakh vehicles. Only 33 per cent people in Hyderabad use public transport, while the others prefer private modes of transport, he said.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao issued instructions to develop public transportation facilities in the city. Accordingly, multi-pronged initiatives are being adopted to improve amenities and public transportation modes in the city. The government already sanctioned the requisite funds for extending Phase II of MMTS till Yadadri.
Ameerpet-LB Nagar Metro line launch to be delayed
The Minister said Hyderabad Metro Rail’s Ameerpet-LB Nagar route was to be launched on August 15, but due to delay by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety in issuing clearances, the services could not be launched as planned. They will be now launched in the first week of September, he said.
All efforts were being made to connect the LB Nagar-Nagole Metro line and to extend it to Shamshabad via Falaknuma in Phase II, KTR said. Also, under the ‘Right To Walk’ initiative, new footpaths were being constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
The Minister later laid the foundation for different developmental works worth Rs 42 crore. Showering praises on the Telangana government, LB Nagar MLA R Krishnaiah said the MA&UD Minister was striving hard to make Hyderabad a global city. Among all the Assembly constituencies in the city, developmental works worth Rs 1,600 crore were being taken up in the LB Nagar constituency alone, he said.