The government has given its green signal to Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) to go ahead with eight big and unique projects proposed by it involving an outlay of Rs.3,300 crore. These projects will be implemented through PPP mode with assistance from aiding institutions, mainly Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The clearance was given by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy after discussions with officials of the Municipal Administration Department, HMDA and GHMC here on Wednesday.

These projects included one taken up with Rs.370 crore aid from JICA to improve the catchment area of Hussainsagar and ensure its cleanliness. The second project which will also be funded by JICA, aims at implementing Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Outer Ring Road within Hyderabad metropolitan area involving an expenditure of Rs.900 crore.

The third one is taken up for a “transit-oriented development” of the lands available within the core area of the city for a mixed use for residential and commercial activities designed to minimise the need for private transport and maximise the access to public transport such as buses and trains. HMDA commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad said Moosapet, Saroornagar and Khanamet (near Hitech City) had been identified to implement the first phase of this project

An integrated commuter terminal would be developed at Secunderabad railway station using the land of the old Gandhi Hospital to ease the congestion as witnessed now. Two radial roads would be constructed under Musi improvement plan — originating from Nagole Bridge to Singaram and Gourelly.

A Science City would be developed with state-of-the-art technology at a cost of Rs.100 crore over 30 acres of land. Similarly, a Hyderabad Habitat Centre would be set up (Rs.200 crore) on the lines of the one existing in New Delhi. Sites for locating these two were not yet finalised. Besides, the works of the next phase of the ORR and the remaining 26 out of 33 radial roads taken up would be grounded soon.

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