Hyderabad: Since the creation of the Telangana State, the State Government has spent 67,000 crores on infrastructure development in the Greater Hyderabad District.
In addition, about 78 crore are released from the state each month for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Another Rs 70 crore is being issued every month for the rest of the State ‘s Urban Local Bodies ( ULBs).
Speaking at the State Assembly on Wednesday during a short discussion on ‘Civic Works and Other Infrastructure Facilities in GHMC, its surrounding areas and other municipalities,’ Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said that Hyderabad is emerging as the most sought-after destination in the country.
He said Hyderabad plays a key role in the state economy, and the state government has made every effort to keep pace with its growth.
He said that there was a particular emphasis on easing traffic congestion through various measures, including the construction of overpasses and underpasses. “We are also preparing to extend the Hyderabad Metro Rail services in the coming days,” he said.
The Minister explained that Telangana was the fastest urbanising State in the country with 42.6 percent of its population living in urban areas.
The national average for urban population is only 31.2 percent. He attributed the reasons to several administrative reforms initiated by the State government to meet the ever increasing demands of urbanisation.
He pointed out that some 75 new municipalities and seven new municipal corporations had been carved out, bringing the total number of ULBs to 142 in the province. “We are improving the economy with a view to boosting job growth, building infrastructure and also enforcing law and order strictly. Hyderabad is now ranked among the best liveable cities in the world,” he added.
Rama Rao said that the government has given equal priority to the growth of infrastructure in all other municipalities.
He pointed out that the government turned the lockdown to its advantage and accelerated the creation of infrastructure programmes across all ULBs, especially Greater Hyderabad. He said that the government provided each household in the ULBs with tap connexions on payment of a nominal fee of only Rs 1.
“We have already set up the State Disaster Response Force in delhi, which will soon be expanded to the remaining ULBs. We are also receiving an impressive response from Basti Dawakhanas, who are providing quality medical care to urban poor citizens.
They will also be extended to other cities in the state, “the Minister said. He said that new reforms, including the new Municipal Act and the TS-bPASS Act, were introduced to reduce graft and improve citizen-centered services. He stated that the government of the state had dedicated itself to the welfare of sanitation workers.
He also declared that the planned power generation plant at the Dumping Yard of Jawahar Nagar would be commissioned shortly. (INN)