Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive plan for developing infrastructure at the Singareni Mining areas. He wanted infrastructure including lying of roads should be done with the District Mineral Fund Trust (DMFT) accrued from the coal mining and other funds.
The Chief Minister held a review meeting here on Tuesday at Pragati Bhavan on development works in Singareni areas. Legislative Assembly speaker Madhusudhanachary, Chief Whip Koppula Eswar, Government Whip Nallala Odelu, and others were present in the meeting. “Through Singareni mines, precious natural resources are mined and this is of great help to the country. At the same time, the places where the mines are situated are being destroyed. Roads are damaged and people are suffering a lot with the dust pollution. Roads have been severely damaged not only at the mining areas but also roads used for transporting the coal. Hence, it is necessary to create better road network and proper infrastructure facilities at these places,” the chief minister said.
“In order to have speedy development, we have created Kothagudem, Bhoopalpally, Asifabad, Peddapally, and Mancherial as the new districts. Development works should take place in the district headquarters. Create infrastructure facilities. Rs 1500 Crore are available under the DMFT funds from Singareni. Besides this funds are available under Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected area funds, NREGA, Irrigation funds, State Finance Corporation and these funds should be integrated and prepare comprehensive development plans. Find out which area needs what and take up works accordingly. Collectors and MLAs should decide on the development works and release funds. Collectors should monitor the works taken up with these funds,” he added.
Chief Minister Rao also wanted all the promises made during the Singareni elections to be fulfilled forthwith.
He hailed the Singareni for registering 6.2 percent growth rate and producing a record 646 lakh tonnes of coal in 2017-18. He also expressed happiness over Singareni Thermal Power Plant achieving 91.1 percent PLF.