Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao on Monday reiterated that the State government is committed to make Hyderabad a global city, even as he cautioned that global cities don’t come up overnight.
“Global cities don’t happen overnight. It takes at least 7 to 8 years and the government has been working on different plans with a systematic approach,” Rao said.
Countering Opposition’s charges on the 100 days action plan works in Hyderabad during question hour in the Legislative Assembly, the Minister said, “No one had asked us to come out with such a plan. It was announced to offer better service and amenities to the citizens and we are committed to that.”
Listing out the works taken up in the city, he said ‘My GHMC mobile app’ and ‘e-office’ were launched, online building plan approval system was put in place, 2,000 auto trolleys were introduced for garbage disposal and 1,116 garbage vulnerable points were cleared.
Explaining further on the road works taken up in the city, he said the TRS government had allocated over Rs 900 crore during the last two years. Apart from rains, roads were damaged due to water-logging and poor sewerage system in the city.
“We have identified 200 hotspots and are trying out different techniques such as laying paver blocks, plastic roads and white top roads to fix these spots,” said Rao. In IT corridor, the TSIIC was laying white top roads at a cost if Rs 200 crore and tenders were issued already for the purpose. Unlike in the past, this time nala desiltation will be taken up as annual maintenance work, the Minister said.
Stating that about Rs 11,000 crore was required to revamp the existing sewerage system, he said the government, however, was trying out different measures to improve the situation.
Admitting delay in model markets works, the Minister said of the proposed 40 such markets in the city, 13 had been completed, while work is in progress on another 25. A few were caught up in legal issues, he said.
Dismissing the Opposition remarks on land controversy for Christian Bhavan and others, the Minister said all efforts would be made to fulfill Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s promises to the people. “If need be, alternate sites would be arranged for the purpose,” said Rao amid cheers from TRS members in the House.