Hyderabad: The old city of Hyderabad had a reason to cheer on Tuesday when Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated a host of facilities and assured improved transport, and water and power supply.
The facilities include a Rs 7.02-crore sports complex at Moghalpura, Rs 8-crore bus terminal and depot complex at Farooq Nagar, a playground at Mailardevpally, air-conditioned toilets at Aramghar, a model market at Premavatipet and a park at Attapur. The Minister also promised Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi that Rs 27 crore will be sanctioned for a flyover at Falaknuma.
A meeting of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) with State Power Distribution Company Ltd (TSSPDCL) will be held soon to sort out the irregular supply of water and electricity in the old city, Rao said.
Stating that priority was accorded to the beautification of the Musi, on which work will begin shortly, the Minister said Rs 1.75 crore was allocated for the restoration of Char Kamaan near Charminar and Rs 5 crore for the development of Murgi Chowk.
Rama Rao, who also reviewed the proposed modernisation works at Mahboob Chowk and Clock Tower, said the government was committed to the all-round development of the old city. The Farooq Nagar complex of TSRTC and the recently opened RTA office at Bandlaguda were proof of this, he said. He asserted that the once-walled old city will be developed on par with the newer parts of the State capital.
Earlier, the Minister inaugurated Goutham Nagar Community Hall in Jubilee Hills. The hall, constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore, was for poor families living in nearby who cannot afford high-end halls for their functions, Rao said. Sixteen more such community halls will be constructed at a cost of Rs 26 crore in the next three months, he said.
There will be no second thoughts on spending money on the development of infrastructure to make Hyderabad a global city and to provide basic amenities to people living in slums, Rao said, recalling that it was the dream of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to make Hyderabad a slum-free city.
“It is with this goal in mind that the government is constructing one lakh double-bedroom houses, which will be ready by the end of this year,” he said. The Minister also called upon women to reap the benefits of Amma Vodi and KCR Kit schemes, both of which will be launched on State Formation Day on June 2.
The Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, MP Asaduddin Owaisi and Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, among others.