Hyderabad: The global city dream of Hyderabad is gradually taking shape, with the State government initiating a number of infrastructure development projects for which an investment of Rs.20,000 crore will be made over the next few years.
With Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao taking up the mission of transforming Hyderabad into the most liveable city in the country, the next few years will witness massive investments in development of roads, augmentation of infrastructure related to drinking water supply, including new reservoirs, and one lakh houses under the two-bedroom housing scheme. Some of the projects have already taken off in various locations in the capital.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K. T. Rama Rao, who held a detailed review meeting on these works here on Wednesday, has already met bank officials to raise funds for such mega projects.
Priority for roads
According to officials, with the condition of the city roads coming in for much criticism, investment worth Rs.6,700 crore is being made specifically aimed at augmenting road infrastructure. The government is spending close to Rs.1,500 crore through the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation, with the laying of 300 kilometres of white top roads already on.
The flagship Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP), to expand the road network on the outskirts and in the heart of the city, and to construct elevated corridors, cable stayed bridges and skyways, will see an expenditure of about Rs.4,300 crore. Already, tenders related to works worth Rs.1,700 crore under SRDP have been finalised with work already beginning at some locations, officials said.
To develop the much needed water supply connectivity to all households in Hyderabad, the State government has set aside Rs.2,926 crore under Urban Mission Bhagiratha. Works worth Rs.1,900 crore to supply drinking water to households on the city outskirts are under way.
Under the Mission Bhagiratha scheme, the government will spend Rs.698 crore to supply water to villages located inside the Outer Ring Road and another Rs.329 crore for villages surrounding the ORR.
1 lakh 2BHK houses
The one lakh two-bedroom dwelling units, to come up at 109 locations in Hyderabad, will have an expenditure of Rs.8,225 crore. Tenders have been finalized and work is in progress in some of these locations.
By Diwali, the conversion of the entire street lighting network in Hyderabad into LED will be completed at a cost of Rs.400 crore, while expansion of the city’s nala network to avoid inundation, with works worth Rs.230 crore are on. Permission has also been given for the launch of the Musi restoration works worth Rs.1,665 crore, through the Musi Development Corporation, officials added.
The Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for construction of two major reservoirs on the city outskirts at a cost of Rs.7,000 crore is almost complete.