Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday said Old City was neglected in undivided Andhra Pradesh and problems like overflowing drains, potholes on roads, bad power connectivity, and drinking water crisis were some of the common problems for the past 30 years.
“We cannot let people of the Old City suffer even after achieving separate Telangana State. We are committed to the area’s development and works should be expedited accordingly to find a permanent solution to all these long-pending issues,” he asserted. During a review meeting on status of Old City development works held at Pragati Bhavan here, he instructed officials to take up expansion of nalas and stormwater drains under the nalas modernisation and expansion programme taken up at a cost of Rs 200 crore. Simultaneously, works pertaining to modernisation of sewerage pipelines will also be taken up to prevent overflowing drainages during the rainy season.
Under the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP), the Chief Minister cleared the proposals for construction of three new bridges in the Old City. Observing good response to Basthi Dawakhanas in the city, he directed Health Minister C Laxma Reddy to establish at least 200 such clinics across Hyderabad. Majority of these Dawakhanas will be equipped with diagnostic services and dialysis centres.
Ministers KT Rama Rao, A Indra Karan Reddy, MP Asaduddin Owaisi, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP M Mahender Reddy, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, HMWSSB managing director Dana Kishore, IAS officers S Narsing Rao, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Arvind Kumar, Vakati Karuna and other officials were present.