Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao on Friday announced the setting up of Sanitation Hub (S-Hub), an incubator to promote startups and innovations in water, sanitation, sewage water management and waste water recycling to make cities and towns livable and healthy.
Stating that this would be on the lines of T-Hub and We-Hub, the Minister said a seed fund of Rs 25 crores will be earmarked for this initiative.
Addressing delegates at the valedictory session of Ink Wash Summit here, Rama Rao said the S-Hub will be the go-to place, a lighthouse for Telangana and for India that would undertake incubation of ideas and build an ecosystem for innovations, knowledge dissemination and capacity building in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector (WASH).
The State government, he said, proposed to house the S-Hub at the Administrative Staff College of India for two years and then establish a dedicated facility at the proposed Centre for Urban Excellence. “The State government has prioritised WASH and is deeply committed to achieving the set targets well ahead of the globally agreed timelines,” he said, adding that the government aims at transforming Telangana into a hub for water and sanitation innovations in the country.
The Minister said all the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State had achieved ODF status and were forging ahead to meet ODF++ protocols through safe management of faecal sludge and septage at 71 ULBs under the PPP format. “The State government is striving to universalise access to individual household tap connection and safe sanitation in all its ULBs,” he said, adding that the new Municipal Act was citizen-centric and trust-based and took rights approach to water and sanitation services and other municipal services.
Earlier, speaking at the inauguration of Credai Hyderabad Property Show, Rama Rao said the Government was taking several initiatives to promote growth in smaller cities and attract companies through new building approval system. “The government will shortly introduce a new building approval system, TS-BPASS, on the lines of the immensely popular industrial policy TS-iPASS,” he said, adding that this will reduce time to get approvals for real estate projects. The new policy will reduce the cost of doing business in the State as it aims to create a graft-free system.
Like in TSiPASS, the approvals will be given in a time bound manner. It would rely on self-certification. KTR said the scheme to be launched soon will turn a flag-bearer for other States.
Hyderabad has been recently as the most dynamic city by JLL Global. For this, it has considered 130 cities globally. The socio-economic indicators along with real estate momentum have been considered for the ratings, the Minister said.
The growth is attributed to the stable government, proactive policies and able leadership in the State. While real estate in other cities is reeling due to the impact of slowdown, Hyderabad has been maintaining a strong growth momentum.
Rama Rao asked the real estate developers to expand beyond Hyderabad to smaller cities. They should follow a cluster model of development to ease congestion in the city. Warangal has already seen a handful of IT companies starting their operations, which resulted in creating about 1,000 jobs.
Janagam, Huzurabad, Armoor and others have been seeing some BPOs setting up their operations. Khammam, Nizamabad, Warangal and Karimnagar among others are right places to expand, he said.
Government is giving special focus on infrastructure. The Telangana Urban Finance Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has sanctioned Rs 2,500 crore for creating infrastructure.