Warangal Urban: Majority of the development works taken up under the Smart City Project (SCP) are moving at a snail’s pace in Warangal city, primarily due to inefficiency and negligence of the officials concerned. It may be recalled that Warangal was selected for development under the Smart City mission in April 2016 by the Union government at a total estimated project cost is Rs 2,861 crore.
As part of the project, as many as 74 works at an estimated cost of Rs 2,242 core have been taken up so far. But only three of these works, worth Rs 551 crore – setting up of traffic signals at 13 junctions, creating visitor amenities at the 1,000 Pillar Temple and developing a green belt near it, and water supply under Amrut scheme that converged into this mission – have been completed so far. According to Greater Warangal Smart City Corporation Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and GWMC commissioner N Ravi Kiran, work orders have been issued for 15 works with Rs 221 crore, while Detailed Project Reports (DPR) have been readied for Rs 774 crore worth works and tenders have been called for project components worth Rs 344 crore
The Smart City board had in its first meeting in September of 2016, decided to take up construction of smart roads, sewerage treatment plants, modernisation of the Kakatiya Musical Garden, solar park, and multilevel parking complex as part of the project.
It may be recalled that district collector Prashant Jeevan Patil asked the authorities of the TSRTC, Warangal, to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the construction or redevelopment of the Hanamkonda RTC bus station during a special meeting in February this year.
However, the RTC officials are yet to come up with the DPR. The government had allocated Rs 80 crore for the construction of a modern bus station under Smart City Mission.
Patil also said that they are going to digitize 26 government high schools, and 15 government primary schools with Rs 10 crore under Smart City Mission. “In addition to the digitization of the class rooms, libraries and science laboratories would be modernized,” he added.
“On the other hand, a modern park with an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore would be developed near the Waddepally tank in the city,” Patil said adding that playground, walking track, parking area, volleyball court, kids park, open gym, cafeteria and toilets would be provided at the park for the benefit of the city dwellers. The beautification of the Bhadrakali lake front development taken up under the Smart City Project is witnessing slow progress.
Meanwhile, GWMC commissioner Ravi Kiran has ordered the officials to ground the works that were issued work orders. He also asked them to focus on the works that can be completed by June 25.