The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) would be establishing a special engineering wing for urban bio-diversity in view of the Metropolis World Congress to be held in the city in October.
Announcing this at a review meeting on the occasion of World Environment Day on Thursday, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said the engineering wing would be headed by an executive engineer and supported by two deputy executive engineers and four assistant executive engineers. He directed the urban biodiversity officials to distribute 2,000 saplings each to the 150 corporators, two lakh saplings to educational institutions and another one lakh for planting in malls as part of the civic body target of planting 10 lakh saplings in the monsoon. The officials were asked to concentrate on developing 500 colony parks and tree parks during the year and have flowering plants on all the main roads of the city.
Each of the zonal commissioners would be provided with Rs.50 lakh for taking up works related to urban biodiversity. Mr. Somesh Kumar also said that plantation programme on a massive scale would be taken up in areas like Jawahar Nagar dumping yard during the season and the GHMC would be procuring 20,000 iron tree guards for avenue plantation.
Some of the major projects to be developed by the civic body include Rock Garden at Jubilee Hills, Miralam Tank, Kishan Bagh Park, Malkam Cheruvu, Khajaguda lake, Golconda Fort Heritage corridor, Thamidikunta lake near Hi-Tech City, Brailey Park at Nalgonda X roads, Mullakathva lake, Kendriya Vihar lake, Kothaguda lake and theme parks such as Bamboo garden, Herbal Garden, Bougainvillea Garden and Butterfly Park, according to a press release.Elections
The elections for 15-member GHMC Standing Committee would be conducted on Frdiay from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in two polling stations at the civic body head office. Counting process would commence after 3 p.m. A total of 148 corporators would be eligible to cast vote and each of them were entitled to cast 15 votes to elect the committee, a press release said.