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Updated: October 16, 2013 00:31 IST

Soon, a Hyderabad Habitat Centre

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The Rs. 266 crore project, which will come up on a 11-acre site at Khanamet, intends to promote the art and heritage of the city and the region

On the lines of New Delhi’s Indian Habitat Centre, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) would soon set up a Hyderabad Habitat Centre (HHC) at Khanamet in the city to promote the art and heritage of the city and the region.

The HMDA’s Executive Committee has approved the Rs.266 crore project, which is to come up on a 11-acre site at Khanamet.

The urban planning body would act as chief promoter, contributing the land and seed capital for the HHC, which is to take shape on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

The centre would boast of state-of-the-art facilities, including a visual art gallery, sculpture courts, Artiplex theatres, learning centres, an open-air theatre, a series of outdoor facilities including landscape gardens and theme parks, along with support facilities like a club house, restaurants and food courts.

HMDA officials say the proposed HHC would function as a hub for different art forms, cultural and related activities.

Parking facility

The HMDA panel, which met last week, also

decided to take up an exclusive automated multi-level parking facility at Ameerpet on 1,648 square yards, which will accommodate about 200 four-wheeler vehicles and 190 two-wheeler vehicles at a cost of Rs.27.30 crore, and another on a 2.24 acre site at Saroornagar.

Apart from approving re-organisation of zonal offices for effective supervision and public convenience, the committee also approved the first-ever Advertisement Guidelines for the HMDA.

A new policy on leasing of HMDA lands was also given the nod, under which the lease will be for a short term of three to five years.

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