Can’t guarantee that Hyderabad won’t flood this year: KTR

He also informed that a total of 14 bridges have been sanctioned over the Musi river at the total cost of Rs 545 crores and work will soon begin this year.

Hyderabad: The Telangana minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) KT Rama Rao (KTR) on Friday said that he cannot guarantee that the city of Hyderabad won’t flood the upcoming monsoon season.

“We expect that the troubles we had the last year and the year before will not repeat. But I can’t guarantee that there will be no flood this year because, it’s an ongoing process,” he said.

KTR said this at the launch event of the annual performance report for the year 2021-22 of the MA&UD department where he also expressed hope that the troubles that people went through in the previous years due to massive flooding would lessen due to the ongoing work of the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP).

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For the fifth year in a row, the MA&UD department of the Telangana government has released its annual report citing all its accomplishments ranging from building new roads to effective waste management across the state.

“Hyderabad is the only city in the country that built roads even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The credit goes to the hardworking engineers of the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP), Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Ltd (HRDCL), and Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP) engineers,” KTR remarked.

The Minister also detailed that programmes like the CRMP, HRDCL, building an elevated bus rapid transport system, setting up of LED lights across 159 km of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and plans to widen double lane roads to four-lane roads are part of the MA&UD’s agenda.

KTR also informed that a total of 14 bridges have been sanctioned over the Musi river at the total cost of Rs 545 crores and work will soon begin this year.

Speaking further, KTR said that under the Pattana Pragathi programme, a total of Rs 3700 crores has been disbursed to 141 municipalities in Telangana other than Hyderabad, in a monthly fashion. “We are not just giving out a monthly grant to the municipalities, but we are also ensuring that each and every rupee that the government actually gives out is spent in a judicious manner towards programs that actually impact citizens’ lives,” he said.

He said that a ten-point agenda is being implemented across the 141 municipalities in the state that includes the establishment of veg and non-veg markets, crematoriums, drinking water for every household, a masterplan for every town, digital door numbering, biomining in every dump yard and hoped that by the time the next annual performance report is out in 2023, the target would be achieved.

KTR further informed that a new post of ‘Additional Collector local body’ is being created specifically for the execution of programmes like ‘Palle Pragathi’ and ‘Pattana Pragathi’ and the bureaucracy will be oriented for their effective implementation.

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