Towns to wear a smart look soon

Special budgetary allocations to corporations to provide basic yet modern amenities.

By Author  |  Published: 14th Feb 2017  8:48 pmUpdated: 14th Feb 2017  8:56 pm
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao at a meeting with Municipal Commissioners in Hyderabad on Tuesday

Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday urged Municipal Commissioners to work for rapid development of towns in the State as desired by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

The Minister, at a review meeting, instructed them to ensure basic yet modern amenities to the people and to take up construction of roads, toilets, markets, parks, bus bays, bus shelters, graveyard and crematorium in all the towns. “There would be special budgetary allocations to corporations in this year’s budget to take up such works,” he said.

Stating that the officials should work towards making all the towns in the State ‘Open Defecation Free’ (ODF) by Ugadi, Rao said the number of toilets should be based on the population of each town so that it serves the purpose.

Road-widening works in towns should be taken up as per the master plans and corporations should acquire vehicles for garbage removal and disposal, he said, and urged the commissioners to be in the field by 5am every day to oversee the measures taken to make towns hygienic and clean. “Signage should be provided for toilets clearly mentioning the direction and the distance,” he said.

In a warning to the commissioners, the Minister said: “Action would be initiated against commissioners if outsourced and contract employees are found working for mayors and corporators. I came to know of such activities from the social media.”

Asking the commissioners to book cases against those who defaced town walls with writings and hanging flexis, Rao said LED lighting should be taken up and encouraged in all the towns. “Also, take up construction of mechanised abattoirs in all the towns besides constructing modern vegetable and meat markets,” he said, adding that the Rs 5 per meal scheme would be extended to three more corporations in the State. “Identify the three corporations where the scheme can be introduced,” he instructed the officials.

The Minister instructed the commissioners to coordinate with District Collectors to select beneficiaries for the 2-BHK housing scheme for the weaker sections.