Hyderabad: MA&UD Minister K. Tarakarama Rao stated that the government will develop the city roads on par with international standards to provide quality roads for commuters and footpaths for pedestrians.
Minister KTR held a review meeting with the senior officials of the MA&UD in Hyderabad. Officials from the electricity department, TSIIC and HMWSSB also took part in the meeting. Minister asked the officials of all the departments to work with coordination.
Talking about the usage of public transport across the cities, Minister KTR said that 72% of the population in Mumbai uses public transport, while only 34% of the Hyderabad population uses public transport.
The Minister mentioned that the number of vehicles in the city in the past five years increased from 73 lakhs to 1.2 crores. He stated that new reforms will be introduced in the transport system which will further encourage citizens to use public transport.
KTR instructed the officials to develop greenery and lay more footpaths and develop cycle ways at the Metro, MMTS stations and main roads.
He also directed the officials to develop more parking spaces in the city and asked them to take permission from private landowners to utilize empty spaces for parking.
The Minister directed officials to develop the open layout and plots for public use by building public toilets, bus shelters, sky walkways.
For strengthening the road network in the city, works for 709 kilometers main roads will be initiated under the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) from December 9th onwards.
Under the program, private agencies will operate and maintain the 709-km of major roads in the city for five years. Minister stated that the government, GHMC, and police department will provide complete support to the agencies. Minister instructed the zonal commissioners to supervise the works.
Soon, a new traffic commissionerate will be set up in GHMC limits to improve traffic management in the city. (INN)