Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday vowed to remove the existing differences between the Old and the New City of Hyderabad by expediting the pace of development.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the renovated building of the Nizamia Tibbi College and Tibbi Hospital besides the historic Charminar, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy described the Old City as the ‘heart’ of Hyderabad and vowed to ensure that it beats to its optimal best.
“The City can never be described as developed unless the ‘heart’ functions properly. I have been born and raised in Hyderabad. I promise to develop the Old City and bring it on par with the New City,” Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said.
The Chief Minister’s words are a sign of admission by the government that it has neglected the Old City to the point that the area has begun to resemble a huge slum.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the state government is committed to developing the city and had spent Rs 600 crore on its beautification since the 100-Day Action Plan was set in motion two months ago.
The Chief Minister promised that he would tour the Old City at least once in every two to three months and review the progress of development works announced by the government.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy added that he felt both humbled and proud at the same time to be addressing the gathering as the Chief Minister in the shadows of the historic Charminar, a 400-year old monument of love and labour.
He added that he was proud of inaugurating the newly renovated building of the Nizamia Tibbi Hospital, thereby bringing its past glory back.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy disclosed that he had, during his tenure as the Speaker of the Assembly, requested the then Health Minister Danam Nagender to sanction Rs 3 crore for the development of the Nizamia Tibbi Hospital. “However, this was somehow not done. But today, in my capacity as the Chief Minister, I am sanctioning Rs 4 crore for the development of this unique hospital,” he said.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy also instructed Principal Secretary (Medical Health) PV Ramesh to look into the demand of a hostel for the students of the Nizamia Tibbi College when the issue was raised by the college’s Old Boys Association president Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan.
Former Health Minister and presently the Labour Minister Danam Nagender said that the government was keen to promote the Lad Bazaar, the internationally acclaimed bangles market.
“This would boost tourism and lead to economic development,” the Minister said.
Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, in his presidential address, pointed out that the Chief Minister had inaugurated development works amounting to Rs 55 crore in the old city.
Mr Owaisi said that the Chief Minister was very much concerned about the development of the Old City, on the lines of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.
Earlier, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy laid the foundation stones for a multi-level parking lot to be constructed at the site of the Old Pension Payment Office at Motigalli, besides inaugurating an inlet and outlet distribution system in of 12 ML GLSR at Riyasathnagar under the JnNURM.
This project has been built at a cost of 15.1 crore. Besides this, he also inaugurated a 12 ML capacity reservoir built at a cost of Rs 6.56 crore at Riyasathnagar.
The project will benefit the residents of Rajanarsimha Nagar, Moin Bagh, Rajaiah Thota, Rakshapuram, Arundhati Nagar, Riyasath Nagar, Habeeb Nagar, Jamal Colony, Riyasath Nagar Market, Rowf Nagar, Hyderabad Nagar, Indira Nagar, Phisal Banda, Ghouse Nagar and Darga Barahan Shah.
Even earlier, The Chief Minister inaugurated the ‘Salar-e-Millat Sultan Salahuddin Owais Sports Complex at Chandulal Baradari. The total cost incurred in construction of the building is Rs 3.285, with a built up area of 3129 sq metres and the complex area of 4140 sq metres.
The sports complex has a swimming pool with its filtration plant, a gymnasium and halls for Boxing, table tennis, yoga and indoor games.
He also laid the foundation stone for a e-Library building and a community hall at Barkas.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for Municipal Administration M Mahidhar Reddy, Housing Minister Mukesh Goud, Labour Minister Danam Nagender, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, Mayor Karthika Chandra Reddy, Deputy Mayor Jaffar Hussain, MLCs and MLAs and officials.(INN)