Hyderabad, Feb.8 (NSS): The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Tuesday said that housing and infrastructure development would be taken up in the slums under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits at a cost of Rs 9,000 crores during the next five years under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) Scheme.
The Chief Minister participated in Rachchabanda programme held at Site-3, Peddamma Nagar, Borabanda here. Addressing the gathering, Mr Reddy said that houses for homeless and infrastructure facilities like drinking water, drainage and roads would be developed in the slums in the urban areas throughout the State at a cost of Rs 15,000 crores in the next five years under the RAY. Out of Rs 15,000 crores, Rs 9,000 crores would be spent for development of slums in Greater Hyderabad. In the first phase, the project would be taken up in 250 slums at a cost of Rs 1,800 crores, he added. In addition to 78,000 sanctioned houses, two lakhs houses would be built in Greater Hyderabad, he added. Out of 78,000 sanctioned houses in the city, construction of 49,000 houses has been completed and the work on 29,000 houses would be completed by the end of this year, he added.
The Chief Minister has assured that reservation for women in local bodies would be increased to 50 per cent from the present 33 per cent. He also reminded that the Assembly has already passed a resolution supporting 33 per cent quota for women in the legislative bodies. But, the Lok Saba was yet to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill, he added.
Reiterating that beautification of Hyderabad was not linked to development of posh Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills alone, the Chief Minister opined that real development of the city means improvement of necessary infrastructure and facilities in the localities like the Old City and Borabanda. Reminding that 100-day programme was launched to develop Hyderabad on international standards, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said already 34 days were over and the target should be achieved in the remaining 70 days. The programme was aimed at repairing and improving the condition of 428-km roads in 100 days. Besides, , footpaths would be developed at a cost of Rs 10.7 lakh in the selected areas, he added. To streamline and improve the supply of drinking water and drainage system, Rs 10.6 crores would be spent. The setting up of new power substations and lining works has been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 160 crores. Half of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) was nearing completion at an expenditure of Rs 2,450 crores. “Rs 25 crores have been earmarked for modernization of traffic signals in the city that could help improve traffic management”, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said that 30 new AC buses would be pressed into service on the city roads and they would be procured at an expenditure of Rs 30 crores. Besides, some 100 mini-bus services would be introduced as they would be run on narrow roads, particularly in Old City area, he added.
SANCTIONS RS 5 CRORE FOR WATER SUPPLY
The Chief Minister asked the women at the Rachchabanda whether there have drinking water problem in the area. When the women said “yes”, the Chief Minister asked them as to why they were kept silent. On the spot, Mr Reddy announced sanction of Rs 5 crores for drinking water scheme for Borabanda. He also sanctioned e-seva center for the area.
Responding to the demand of the local MLA, Mr P. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, for setting up of a police station in the area, the Chief Minister said that the police commissioner would examine the issue. Blessing Mr Vishnuvardhan Reddy on the occasion of his birth day, the Chief Minister exuded confidence that the MLA would have bright political future and serve the people more efficiently. He also recollected his relations with the former MLA, Mr P Janardhan Reddy on the occasion.
The Minister for Major Industries, Dr J Geetha Reddy, the Minister for Marketing, Mr M. Mukesh Goud, the Secunderabad MP, Mr Anjan Kumar Yadav, and others participated in Rachchabanda programme. (NSS)