Telangana Chief Secretary SP Singh today asked the officials to prepare a Comprehensive Development Plan for the road infrastructure in the city.
Presiding over the first board meeting of the newly-constituted Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited at the secretariat on Tuesday, the Chief Secretary stressed the need for integrated thinking and fostering effective coordination between the departments to ensure that the roads in the city are developed at international standards. He also advised the officials to go round the city and identify the roads that need immediate attention. He also said road maintenance should be for 10 years and inspection should be done by third party.
Briefing the board about the objectives of the Corporation, Managing Director of the corporation and Secretary of Municipal Administration Navin Mittal said the HRDCL has been entrusted with the maintenance of around 240 km roads which were earlier under the purview of the Roads & Buildings department. The National Highway Authorities of India has also recently denotified another 53 km road in the city which will be handed over to the HRDCL, he added. “These roads would be white topped. Ducts will be provided for utility services and underground cables will be laid. Proper signages and other road safety measures will also be taken up on these roads, Mittal said. He also informed that the State government has earmarked Rs 500 crore in the budget for the roads and has agreed to give counter guarantee for another Rs 1,500 crore.
The board discussed the modalities for appointing personnel for smooth running of the corporation and also to engage consultants for the corporation. City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary R&B Sunil Sharma, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, Secretary Finance Sandeep Kumar Sultania, HMWS&SB Managing Director Dana Kishore, HMDA Commissioner Chiranjeevulu, CMD TSSPDCL Raghuma Reddy and others attended the meeting. (NSS)