Rapid Bus Transport, 15 Bridges Lined Up For Hyderabad – The New Indian Express
HYDERABAD: The Department of Municipal Administration has several new projects for Hyderabad in the pipeline. They include construction of KPHB’s Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS) at Kokapet, connectivity of Hyderabad Rail Metro from Raidurg to International Airport as part of Phase 2 and construction of 15 bridges on the Musi River. They will be anchored in this fiscal year.
The department will also develop a 21 km cycle path on the ORR with solar coverage. It will be a 4.5 meter wide track between the main carriageway and the service road from Nanakramguda to TSPA and from Narsingi to Kollur covered with solar panel roofs throughout the section. The effective length when looped will be 42 km. According to Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), KT Rama Rao, these projects should have been grounded last year but for Covid-19 and a lack of funds.
On Friday, the Minister released the MAUD Annual Report for 2021-22 along with MAUD Special Chief Secretary Arvind Kumar and others. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said Telangana was among the top three urbanized states in the country after Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He urged the Center to announce more smart cities and funds for the state. Karimnagar and Warangal are the only two cities that have been identified under the Telangana Smart City program. More cities in the state should be brought under Smart City, he said.
Under the Pattana Pragathi program, several citizen-oriented works were used to provide basic amenities across the state. The establishment of faecal sludge treatment plants, sanitation, biomining, vegetarian and non-vegetarian markets, Vaikuntadhamams, digital door numbering, etc. is being offered under the 10-point scheme and the majority of this work would be completed by March 2023. Under Pattana Pragathi, financial assistance of Rs 2,060 crore has been extended to 142 ULBs, he added.
The state government’s urban policies have transformed the state’s urban landscape. The total area of the 142 Urban Local Organizations (ULB) represents less than three percent of the state’s land mass. But they contribute nearly two-thirds of the state’s GDP. ”We are not in competition with any other city in India. Our goal is to place Hyderabad among the top 30 cities in the world in terms of quality of life and economic competitiveness. Hyderabad continues to be number one in purchasing power, safety, healthcare, cost of living, property prices, travel time, pollution and climate indices,” said the minister.
The Minister recalled NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant recently stating that India is likely to have 50% of its population in urban areas by 2050. However, Telangana is well ahead of this trend as it is on the point of having 50% of its population. in urban areas by 2025 itself.
GO 111 scrapping
On the issue of scrapping GO 111, the minister said that Hyderabad no longer depends on Osmansagar and Himayatsagar for the supply of drinking water. GO 111 had nothing to do with the floods. People living in 84 villages which are covered by the said ordinance. They have been calling for its removal for several years, he said. Hyderabad overtook the country’s megacities with 48.66 sq km of green coverage in a decade according to Forest Survey of India 2021.