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SHARING THEIR WOES: Mayor Teegala Krishna Reddy and former Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav interacting with slum dwellers of Bansilalpet on Wednesday. PHOTO: SATISH H.
SHARING THEIR WOES: Mayor Teegala Krishna Reddy and former Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav interacting with slum dwellers of Bansilalpet on Wednesday. PHOTO: SATISH H.

Staff Reporter

Team of civic officials visits some areas under MCH jurisdiction

HYDERABAD: Gangireddy Yellaiah Doddhi Compound at Bansilalpet could be among the slums to be short-listed for construction of modern apartment blocks under the proposed Hyderabad Slum Redevelopment Programme (HSRP) if Mayor T. Krishna Reddy's promise comes true.

The Mayor visited the slum, among the 996 notified slums within the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, on Wednesday and urged the slum dwellers to cooperate with the civic body for the proposed project.

Housing scheme

"We had earlier made provisions for laying cement roads, sewerage, water supply and streetlights. If you people give us a positive sign we will be ready with a foundation stone for the modern housing programme soon," he said.

Whatever Mr. Reddy might have claimed, civic conditions inside the dingy labyrinthine lanes of the slum was pathetic, to say the least. Overbearing stench, defunct streetlights, irregular water supply and absence of domestic power supply in a few houses were some of the problems put forth by the local people.

Most of the crammed dwellings consisted of one or two tiny rooms as the womenfolk came out to welcome the leaders and also seek better sanitation and street lighting from the civic body.

Accompanying the Mayor was former Minister T. Srinivas Yadav and MCH senior officials. The next visit of the entourage was to the Old Jail premises in Secunderabad. The corporation is planning to build a multi-storied commercial complex and also parking facility at the site.

But, the main building which has heritage value will not be disturbed, said Mr. Reddy. He appealed to shop owners to help the corporation develop the area as tenders for construction of a modern market have just been called.


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