Works costing Rs. 26,188 cr. under way, says YSR

Population may touch 120 lakh in 7 to 8 years

‘Development hampered after creation of GHMC’

HYDERABAD: Rejecting the Opposition charge of discrimination in the release of funds to civic bodies in and around the city, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy declared in the Assembly on Friday that various works costing Rs. 26,188 crore were under way to make Hyderabad a “world class city”.

He was intervening during Question Hour when TDP and BJP members staged a walkout alleging arbitrary release of funds and faulting the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for failing to hold meetings with MLAs.

The TRS and the CPI(M) members registered their protest, while the MIM charged the Government with increasing taxes.

Taxes

Refuting that taxes were raised, the Chief Minister said only developmental charges for granting building permission were enhanced.

He asserted that Hyderabad would witness development like never before, as special efforts were focussed to provide water supply, drainage and other basic amenities, with the population expected to double to 120 lakh in the next seven to eight years.

Listing the funds earmarked for various projects, Dr. Reddy said the Outer Ring Road was being constructed at a cost of Rs. 4,600 crore, while the Metro rail scheme was being taken up at Rs. 8,482 crore.

The other works include a Rs.2000-crore scheme for development of the old city, beautification of the Musi river (Rs. 900 crore), restoration of lakes and road-widening ( Rs. 500 crore each), improvement of drains (Rs. 300 crore) and elevated expressway (Rs.500 crore).

He announced that all areas would get daily water supply in six months.

Condemning the main Opposition for attributing motives to Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy, the Chief Minister hit out at the TDP for “wasting” time of the House and praised the Chair for patiently conducting the proceedings.

Earlier, TDP’s deputy floor leader T. Devender Goud alleged that developmental activities were hampered following the creation of GHMC.