Rs. 8.4 crore project to be located on one of the city’s entry points; fourteen potential sites identified

Inspired by the historical monument that in many ways defines India’s financial capital Mumbai, the GHMC has decided to take up a ‘Gateway of Hyderabad’ project.

The civic body has set aside Rs.8.4 crore for the project, which aims to leave a lasting impression on tourists.

The project was announced by Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain during the GHMC’s budget presentation on Monday.

“We are identifying 14 different locations on the outskirts, which are effectively the entry points,” he said. About 1,000 new public conveniences are to come up at an expenditure of Rs.25 crore in various parts.

The council also passed the budget for financial year 2014-15 with a total outlay of Rs.4,599 crore, with Rs.1.5 crore earmarked for corporators’ budget.

“The funds would be released to corporators in two phases of Rs.75 lakh each,” the Mayor said.

TDP floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy called for a ‘realistic’ budget.

“GHMC doesn’t even spend 40 per cent of total budget allocated. Last year’s total outlay was Rs.3,600 crore and only Rs.1,800 crore was spent. Previously, it was Rs.3,800 crore of which Rs.1,500 crore was spent. Tardy pace in executing projects is a major bane for developmental activities,” Mr. Srinivas Reddy said.

MIM floor leader Naseeruddin, former Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy and Congress floor leader Diddi Rambabu welcomed the budget proposals.

Function halls are to be built for the poor in each of the 24 Assembly constituencies, Rs.35 crore was allocated for city-level parks and Rs.10 crore for colony-level parks.

About 400 reverse osmosis plants are to be set up at a cost of Rs.20 crore.

Close to 18 new night-shelters, with an allocation of Rs.10 crore, would be set up in addition to the existing 14.

“The locations have to be identified after due diligence. We have funds but unable to spend them due to delays,” said BJP floor leader Bangari Prakash.

Mayor’s appeal

Mr. Hussain called upon the Centre as well as future governments of Telangana and the residuary State of A.P. to provide liberal funds to the civic body since Hyderabad would be a common capital for the next 10 years “in view of the additional responsibility cast on us.”

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