“A road map has been prepared for the development of Hyderabad as an international city and we will make it happen,” Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has assured the people of Hyderabad.
In an initiative to make sure that his campaigning will not cause inconvenience to people, KCR started e-campaign, addressing people through the media, and appealed to the people to give TRS an opportunity to turn Hyderabad into an international city.
KCR said it needs anywhere near Rs 30,000 crore to equip Hyderabad with infrastructure to meet global standards. However, the GHMC budget is just around Rs 5,000 crore.
“For that I have approached the BRICS Bank during my recent visit to Shanghai in China. I told BRICS Bank chairman KV Kamath about my plans to develop skyways, multi-level flyovers, roads and junction improvements and others and he assured a loan of Rs 25,000 crore to us. The GHMC cannot stand as a guarantee for such a huge amount and to address this, the government will stand as a guarantee,” KCR said.
KCR said his confidence was making him make such a big promise. “I promised to achieve Telangana. I vowed not to seek votes if my government cannot provide drinking water to each household. With the same confidence, I am saying that I will turn Hyderabad into a global city. It may take five or six years for that to happen,” he said.
Apart from loan from BRICS Bank, KCR said the GHMC can get revenue from other sources like regularisation of lands through LRS and BPS, and sale of unused government lands.
The chief minister said that HMDA was coming out with a master plan along with tourism projects for the development of Hyderabad.
Reacting to the confusion over shifting of the state secretariat and the Osmania General Hospital, he said, “Hundred percent, the state secretariat will be shifted. Same with OGH.
Towers will be constructed on the backside of the existing OGH. I will lay the foundation stone for both the works after GHMC elections.”
Point of view
It is an unfortunate incident. We will take all necessary steps to bring the culprits to book.
At least four new districts will be carved out of the existing Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. New districts like Ibrahimpatnam and Medchal will be formed.
They have failed to get funds even for Amaravati. What will they do for Hyderabad? I went to Amaravati for the foundation-laying. I thought Prime Minister Narendra Modi would announce a package but he brought two earthen pots, one of water and the other of soil. I actually planned to announce some assistance on behalf of Telangana government but with Modi himself not giving any assistance, I refrained from announcing any amount as it would not look nice.
Development Road Map
■ Musi river and Hussainsagar lake will be restored and rejuvenated with the help of Austrian technology
■ Nearly 200 vegetable and mutton markets will be constructed
■ 150 to 200 public toilets will be built
■ More burial grounds and crematoriums to be built in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts of the state
■ Four new dumping yards with power generation facility to be set up
■ A plant to recycle construction debris will come up on the lines of the one in Delhi
■ Night shelters for those who come to the city on work or to hospitals. Now they are forced to sleep on pavements and at railway stations
■ Modern bus bays will be earmarked
■ Two new bus terminals abutting ORR. Two new railway junctions on the outskirts including one at Cherlapally
■ Talks with GMR to construct a second runway at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad
■ Island model power supply as in Mumbai
■ Two new water reservoirs, each of 20 tmc capacity to be built
■ Race course to be shifted from Malakpet and Chanchalguda prison to Cherlapally
Source: The New Indian Express