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Plans afoot for stormwater drains alongside roads

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‘Innovative financing’ for the ₹5,000-crore project

With the traffic gridlock that lasted more than three hours in the western part of the city in the IT corridor after a brief rain on June 21 still fresh in people’s and bureaucrats’ memory, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is charting plans to construct stormwater drains alongside roads. The drains will be connected to nearby lakes to clear the roads quickly. An 815-km stretch of main roads is dentified for the purpose.

GHMC commissioner M Dana Kishore said the project was entrusted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU).

“They will form a committee and suggest measures that need to be taken,” Mr Dana Kishore said at the inauguration of day-long conference on ‘Rise Infrastructure Hyderabad- Enhancing Liveability’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Telangana on Wednesday.

He said that around ₹ 5,000 crore was needed for stormwater drains and sewerage management and that plans for it were ready. “We are going for innovative financing,” he said.

The number of lakes in GHMC limits had come down from more than 500 to less than 110, he said.

Principal Secretary to the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Arvind Kumar, who was chief guest, said the level of development of a city was measured to a great extent by the number of its citizens opting for public transport. In the city, around 31% of people took the public transport, while it was around 68% in Mumbai and around 50% in Delhi.

“We are working to improve public transport in Hyderabad . There are some teething troubles with Metro such as last-mile connectivity, and there are complaints about road congestion. We need a way to converge various arms dealing with public transport and come out with a plan for last-mile connectivity,” said Mr Arvind Kumar.

At a panel discussion on ‘Enhancing urban mobility of Hyderabad’, Metro Rail managing director NVS Reddy stressed the need for making roads pedestrian-friendly. He said cities should be built for people and not for cars.

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