Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao’s statement on Twitter, that the Secunderabad Cantonment Board should be merged in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), has met with an overwhelming response from the public, a majority of whom were in support of the idea.
The Minister, reacting to a couple of news reports on Wednesday where citizens “overwhelmingly opined that Secunderabad Cantonment Board has to be merged in GHMC”, tweeted that he too was in agreement to the idea and asked Twitterati for their opinion.
The tweet, which triggered over 250 responses in a couple of hour with over 200 retweets and more than 1,700 likes, saw a majority of the people responding favourably to the concept of a merger, which in fact, has been a long-standing demand of the people living in the Cantonment, citing a lack of apathy from the Cantonment Board towards public grievances, ranging from water supply issues, garbage clearance and the condition of roads.
While some responded saying it was an ‘absolute yes’ and that such a merger was ‘long overdue’, some said ‘any change that brings improvement’ was welcome. Others pointed out that while the infrastructure in the rest of the city had strategically developed in the last few years, the “poorer” among the twin cities was remaining as it was without expressways or road extensions, not to forget the restrictions put by the Local Military Authority on the public using several thoroughfares.
There was a time, one Twitter user pointed out, that Secunderabad was considered a posh area, but development of civic infrastructure had hit a roadblock over the years, even as GHMC improved significantly in the meantime.
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