Staff Reporter

Rs. 2,000 crores for Metro Rail and Rs. 800 crores for drinking water schemes

  • Centre also ready to finance third phase of Krishna drinking water scheme
  • Projects worth Rs. 3,000 crores awaiting approval: Municipal Administration Minister

    HYDERABAD: The twin cities were showered with bountiful funds in the form of grants from the Centre for the metro rail project to the tune of Rs. 2,000 crores and another Rs.800 crores for drinking water supply by Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy.

    "Andhra Pradesh is responding well to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Hyderabad has been getting substantial funds ever since its inception. We are ready to finance the third phase of the Krishna drinking water scheme too once we receive the project report," he said.

    Mr. Reddy was addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation for the construction of the retaining wall across the Kukatpally nala at a cost of Rs. 11.50 crores on Sunday.

    Outside JNNURM

    The Rs. 2,000 crores for Hyderabad Metro will be in the form of a grant and will be outside the JNNURM, he affirmed.

    The Government has already sought 20 per cent of total cost of Hyderabad Metro (Rs. 8,500 crores) from the Centre under the viability gap-funding scheme.

    Mr. Reddy suggested that smaller cities in the State could go in for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) with dedicated tracks as was being taken up in Pune, Nagpur and Ahmedabad. JNNURM also laid strong emphasis on funding water and underground sewerage schemes.

    Municipal Administration Minister K. Ranga Rao pointed out that the State had received hundreds of crores for various projects under the Mission and more projects worth Rs. 3,000 crores await approval. He profusely thanked Mr. Reddy for his active role in clearing them.

    Mr. Rao also asserted that the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was keen on seeing that the metro rail is run by 2009 and the foundation stone for the project will be laid soon. Senior Congress MLAs -- P. Janardhan Reddy and M. Shashidhar Reddy -- highlighted the need for improving and replacing the dilapidated underground sewerage network and also drinking water pipelines. They also emphasised the need to expedite the third phase of Krishna drinking water scheme without further delay.

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