Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday reiterated his government’s determination to take up the Hyderabad Metro Rail project in the city at any cost.
Mr. Reddy said that the project would be built irrespective of opposition from certain quarters. “Some parties are trying to stall the project, but we have to take measures to counter them,” he said, at a meeting held in Goshamahal.
Earlier, the Chief Minister, addressing students at the Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Government Girls High School Mahabubia, exhorted them to pursue their interests and aspirations in choosing careers instead of succumbing to parental pressures on this matter. “Feel free to become what you wish to be. I request parents to give freedom for children to make decisions about their career. Parents often end up thrusting their own interests in deciding careers and this would hinder true aspirations of the child,” he said. Mr. Reddy participated in a string of programmes in the city, including the 45th anniversary celebrations of Bal Bhavan, and inaugurated Mahabubia Girls School building.
The government has provided two buses to the Bal Bhavan and he promised to consider the request made by the Minister for Primary Education S. Sailajanath for financial support of Rs. 4 crore for taking up different development activities and also for setting up a library.
At Mahabubia School, the Chief Minister underlined the importance of education, especially for the girl child and at one point told the gathered students, “No girl should marry unless she feels financially independent”. As part of the Education Fortnight programme, various initiatives have been taken up by the administration to bring the dropouts back to the schools, he said.
Later, Mr. Reddy, accompanied by Ministers M. Mukesh Goud and D. Nagender apart from Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, visited upper Dhoolpet. He laid the foundation stone for HMWSSB water reservoir at Allah Banda and distributed cheques to beneficiaries as part of Dhoolpet Rehabilitation Scheme. “A total of Rs. 18 crore will be provided to 900 families at Dhoolpet to finance them in taking up new self-employment options,” he said.
Mr. Mukesh Goud said Mr. Reddy was the first Chief Minister to visit thus far in Dhoolpet and said civic amenities were being improved here. A foundation stone for GHMC Sports Complex was laid at Hindi Nagar after which the Chief Minister addressed party workers. His tour, however, ended up throwing the traffic into chaos in the old city. Hindu