New master plan envisages all-round development

Member of Parliament Kalvakuntla Kavitha on Thursday said that there were about 40,000 unauthorised tap connections in the district headquarters town and they need to be regularised by collecting nominal fee from the beneficiaries.

A new master plan for the town was in place and as part of its execution all houses would be given numbers. As soon as the underground drainage work was completed new roads would be laid. As per the new master plan one park would come up in each division.

The old master plan though was accepted in 1972 it was not implemented due to the negligence of successive Governments, she said.

Addressing mediapersons here after inspecting the UG drainage works, roads and drinking water supply positions at different places in the town, she said the previous Governments released only Rs.94 crores for the UG drainage works as against the required amount of Rs.204 crores and of which just 60 per cent was spent.

About 26 colonies have been left out from the UG drainage plan and they would be included in the extended plan for which fresh proposals were prepared with an estimated additional cost of Rs.50 crore. The town was not included in the smart cities list as it fell short of 20 points. Efforts made to convince the Centre to include the town in the list did not fructify. This year efforts would again be made by fulfilling certain parameters, she said.

Laying emphasis on the garbage collection and solid waste management Ms. Kavitha said that the plan to construct a dumping yard and solid waste project in 43 acres fell through because of lack of persuasion. The town would get a facelift if all these works were carried out, she said and added that drinking water problem was staring at Bodhan, Nizamabad, Kamareddi and Armoor towns this year.

The Godavari river water would only be the alternative to the problem and therefore Government wanted to appeal to Government of Maharashtra to release at least 2 tmcf of water for drinking purposes.

Mayor Akula Sujatha, Deputy Mayor Fayaz and Corporators were present.

Source: The Hindu

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