‘Greater’ challenges await Warangal Municipal Corporation

The State government has issued G.O. No. 99 declaring the Warangal Municipal Corporation (WMC) as Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation.

Now the corporation will have Warangal, Hanamkonda, Kazipet cities and 42 villages of six mandals surrounding the district headquarters.

Following the public demand, the process of creating Greater Warangal was initiated by the then Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in 2011 during his visit to launch the Kakatiya festival. However, it did not materialise.

Now, the much awaited GO has been released. Earlier, the Department of Panchayat Raj issued G.O. No. 102 delimiting the 42 merged villages. The population under Warangal Corporation limits which was said to be around 6.13 lakh, now with the 42 villages in the proposed GWMC - the population increased to about 8.2 lakh, a criteria needed for the ‘Greater’ tag. Now the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation will have 58 divisions and an area of 409 square kilometres. It has 183 slums and five different types of roads with paved roads constituting 480 kilometres, and unpaved 1,129 kilometres. It has three summer storage tanks -- Waddepally, Dharmasagar and Bhadrakali to meet the drinking water requirements of population and 41 service reservoirs.

Presently, the summer storage tanks receive water supplies through SRSP and Devadula projects and the same is supplied through 940 kilometre stretch of distribution network.

The Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation has more challenges ahead as it has to meet the requirements of people of nearly 10 lakh -- be it drinking water, drains, street lighting and traffic police. It should focus immediately on extending the drinking water pipelines, drains and traffic management to begin with, besides addressing the problem of growing slums under its limits. The decision of the government declaring the municipal corporation as greater was widely welcomed by the citizens but they also have many questions as to how the local body would sort the problems and improve the infrastructure without much time delay.

Citizens have many questions as to how the local body will sort the problems and improve the infrastructure without much delay

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