Works in GHMC area to be over by March

Special Correspondent

Extend door-to-door garbage collection by December-end, says YSR

Widening of roads, particularly those leading to RGIA, to be completed by March

Over 25 per cent of the buildings to be affected by widening have been acquired

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has set March as the deadline for completion of a various developmental works taken up in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area to provide better amenities to citizens.

Handing out an action plan to officials while reviewing the progress of these works along with Ministers -- K. Ranga Rao (Municipal Administration) Mohd. Ali Shabbir (Energy) and M. Mukesh (BC Welfare) -- here on Saturday, Dr. Reddy wanted extension of the experiment of door-to-door collection of garbage to all areas in the twin cities and full implementation of solid waste management system, both by December-end.

Briefing reporters later, S.P. Singh, Commissioner, GHMC, said repairs would be undertaken under “Operation Black Top” by December-end wherever required to the 425-km length of the city roads with special focus on stretches ravaged by heavy rains.

Bus shelters

He said as many as 350 out of the 1,200 bus-shelters taken up in different localities were ready now, and the construction of the rest of bus-shelters would be completed by March along with 200 parks. Works would be taken up immediately to develop a 49-acre Rock Garden in Jubilee Hills, and construct or modernise four slaughter houses and as many electric crematoria.

He said by March, widening of several roads would be completed, especially those leading to Shamshabad international airport. Over 25 per cent of the buildings coming under widening, had already been acquired, and another 15 per cent would be acquired soon.

House allotments

Mr. Shabbir, who is in-charge Minister for Hyderabad, said houses constructed under urban housing would be allotted to the beneficiaries by January with preference to those living in slums and on margins of roads/ nallahs. Mr. Singh said against 54,000 applications received for house allotment, 34,000 dwelling units would be constructed in three months and another 29,000 units later under a Central scheme.

The Commissioner said 42,000 India Kranthi Patham self-help groups would come into existence by March, exceeding the target set to form 40,000 groups. The revolving fund for them too would exceed the target of Rs.100 cores by Rs. 50 crore.