Telangana is a model welfare state under the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, said IT & Panchayat Raj Minister K.T. Rama Rao (KTR) at an event held today in Park Hyatt, Hyderabad.
“We are one of the model welfare states, spending Rs. 30,000 crore on welfare schemes,” the minister informed a houseful gathering of business persons in the hotel while seeking their support.
Sharing his party’s vision for Hyderabad in the Spirit of Hyderabad event organized by Business Network International (BNI) and sbricks.com, he said the TRS government wants to make the city safe, smart, clean and green.
A loan of 25,000 crore has been sought from BRICS Bank for various development works in the city, said the minister, who has been given Municipal Administration portfolio yesterday by TRS supremo KCR.
A lady participant wondered how a city with 6,000 crore GHMC budget would repay 25,000 crore loan with interest to the bank. Whether there will be extra burden on taxpayers, she asked KTR in the event anchored by novelist Sriram Karri.
The minister replied as saying that only a part of the loan would come to taxpayers, and majority of it would be paid from the revenue generated from the development.
Hyderabad has always been a great city with over 400 years of history. Its “biryani, qubani, sherwani,” are reminiscent of our ‘tehzeeb’, said KTR while boasting about Spirit of Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is a mini India. It is a point of confluence for various cultures. There’s no single identity here but multiculturalism, thanks to Hyderabadi attitude of “jiyo aur jine do” i.e. live and let live, said the minister.
Touting Brand Hyderabad, he said the city became 2nd preferred destination for events and conventions in the country after TRS came to power. He added that Hyderabad is at No.2 position in IT exports.
The minister detailed about his party’s vision to give an impressive makeover to Hyderabad “to make it most liveable”, and address challenges of traffic, safety, water and sanitation, among others.
While recalling power-cut scenarios couple of years ago, he said the TRS government has successfully addressed power supply issue. In addition, plans are in place to have a ring of 4 sub stations of 400MW each in the city outskirts, he informed. To bring power consumption down, the government plans to offer subsidized LED lights to 21 lakh houses.
Hyderabad has only two drinking water reservoirs, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, built by erstwhile Nizams. He said the government is mulling to build two new water reservoirs: one at Shamirpet and other near Ramoji Film City. He further said that 150 liter of water would be supplied daily to almost one crore houses in near future.
While acknowledging that the sewerage system built by erstwhile Nizams long ago is now in shambles, the minister said it would take up to 5 years to overhaul the sewerage entire system.
Among many other things, KTR also shared plans about de-congestion of traffic, creation of 6 lane expressway parallel to river Musi, and generation of 1,00,000 workforce through Telangana’s TASK.
In a democracy vote matters as much as ideas do. The minister requested the participants to go and vote tomorrow. “I would request you to come and vote on February 2 for us. If you don’t like any politician, still come and pick NOTA,” he said.