Hyderabad: In a first-of-its-kind massive exercise aimed at transforming the urban landscape of Telangana State, Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao launched the ambitious Pattana Pragathi programme in Mahabubnagar on Monday, marking the 10-day-long Statewide drive to ensure basic civic amenities to the people, increase greenery and bring about awareness among them on sanitation and hygiene. Simultaneously, Ministers, elected representatives and officials took up the task of creating permanent assets in urban areas and bringing about a visible increase in greenery and sanitation facilities.
“Creation of basic citizen amenities, a plan to meet future demands and a zeal to create ideal towns is the central idea of Pattana Pragathi, the brainchild of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao,” Rama Rao said, addressing councillors, ward members, ward officers and ward committee members at a meeting in Mahabubnagar. Making it amply clear that development of towns has nothing to do with politics, the Minister said there will be no discrimination in developing wards.
“All wards, all towns and in fact the entire Telangana is ours and there is no need to differentiate. There are no elections in the next four years. All we have to do now is work hard to find a a permanent place in the hearts of the people,” he said, calling upon the councillors, ward officers and committee members to identify problems and start addressing them right away.
“Parichayam” across State
Calling upon ward officers to prepare ward-wise sanitation plans, identifying the existing and actual availability of garbage collection facilities in every ward, Rama Rao announced that the ‘Parichayam’ programme implemented in GHMC will be introduced all over the State. Under this programme, names of sanitation workers and their phone numbers will be displayed prominently so that the people residing in a particular ward can directly be in touch with them, he said.
“Citizens have to segregate waste so that the sanitary workers can dispose it differently. In Sircilla municipality, the authorities are earning considerable amount of money by producing power from dry waste. The government will soon ask the municipalities to refuse garbage if people of a locality or a household refuse to segregate garbage,” the Minister said, asking people to start helping the municipal authorities in keeping the towns clean.
TS-bPass from April 2
The Minister said the new building approval portal, Telangana State Building Permissions and Self Certification System (TS-bPASS), will come into effect on April 2. Building permissions have been made citizen-friendly and at the same time violators will also be punished heftily, he said: adding: “The TS-bPASS has been drafted with the confidence that citizens will be honest. We will soon allow citizens to assess their property tax based on the area of the dwellings. If they try to cheat, then the penalty will be to the tune of 25 times,” he warned.
The minster also directed the ward officers to embark on a tour of their respective wards to prepare a water audit of their area. “We have assured that separate tap connection will be given for a payment of Rs 1. If any household complains that they have no connection, it becomes your responsibility that they are provided with one,” he said.
Stress on greenery
Citing Mahabubnagar Municipality as an example, Rama Rao explained that the municipality which has a budget of Rs 64.61 crore should spend at least Rs 6 crore on increasing greenery every year. “The new Municipal Act envisages that the councillors will be held responsible if they fail to achieve 85 per cent survival rate of plants in their localities. So the ward officers and members must also start identifying empty spaces and also talk to the people if they want certain type of plants in their households and provide them,” he said. He reiterated that the Municipal Act will spare no one if they fail to achieve the required extent of green cover.
Calling upon the municipal commissioners and councillors to create pleasant atmosphere at the Vaikunta Dhamams, burial grounds and kabrastans, Rama Rao said that basic amenities must be provided in these final resting places. He said that the ten-day Pattana Pragathi programme must become a platform to start construction of vegetable and non-vegetarian integrated market yards, sports stadiums, open gymnasiums, parks, separate public toilets for women and men, parking zones for hired vehicles and vendor zones in every municipality of the State. He also called for de-clogging of hanging electricity lines and replacement of damaged poles and transformers, posing danger to pedestrians.
The Minister, while recognizing that there was a demand for more 2BHK houses, said that the State government will take up issue after issue as per the availability of funds. “We will fulfil all the promises, but in a planned manner”, he said.