Hyderabad: The State government spent a whopping Rs 67,000 crore for infrastructure development in the Greater Hyderabad area since the formation of Telangana State. Further, about 78 crore are being released for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) every month from the State. Another Rs 70 crore are being released every month for the rest of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State.
Speaking during a short discussion on ‘Civic works and other infrastructure facilities in GHMC, its surrounding areas and also other municipalities’ in the State Assembly on Wednesday, Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said Hyderabad was emerging as the most sought after destination for the world. He said Hyderabad plays a key role in the State economy and the State government was making all efforts for its development to keep up the momentum. He said that special focus was being laid on easing traffic congestion through various measures including construction of flyovers and underpasses. “In the coming days, we are also planning to expand the Hyderabad Metro Rail services further,” he said.
The Minister explained that Telangana was the fastest urbanising State in the country with 42.6 per cent of its population living in urban areas. The national average for urban population is only 31.2 percent. He attributed the reasons to several administrative reforms initiated by the State government to meet the ever increasing demands of urbanisation. He pointed out that around 75 new municipalities and seven new municipal corporations were carved out taking the total number of ULBs to 142 in the State. “We are strengthening the economy to boost employment creation, developing infrastructure and also implementing law and order strictly. Thus, Hyderabad is now ranked top among the best liveable cities in the world,” he added.
Rama Rao said the State government was giving equal importance for developing infrastructure in all other municipalities as well. He pointed out that the State government turned the lockdown to its advantage and accelerated infrastructure development programmes across all ULBs especially Greater Hyderabad. He said the government was providing tap connections to every household in the ULBs on payment of a nominal fee of just Rs 1.
“We have already established the State Disaster Response Force in Hyderabad which will be extended to the remaining ULBs shortly. We are also receiving incredible response for Basti Dawakhanas which are providing quality medical care to the urban poor. They will be expanded to other cities in the State as well,” the Minister said. He said new reforms including the new Municipal Act and the TS-bPASS Act were introduced to reduce graft and improve citizen-centric services. He assured that the State government was committed to the welfare of sanitation workers. He also announced that the proposed power generation plant at the Jawahar Nagar dumping yard, will be commissioned shortly.
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