CM lays stone for Rs. 30-cr. drainage system

HYDERABAD Dec. 4. There is relief at last for people living in the Uppal municipality with the long overdue project of constructing an underground drainage system finally coming through with the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, laying the foundation stone here on Wednesday.

As is his wont, Mr. Naidu also set a deadline of 18 months for the Rs. 30-crore facility to be completed. He also announced that the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has agreed for the Musi clean up project costing around Rs. 290 crores.

The Chief Minister was happy with the cleanliness and sanitation in the area and said this was because the services were privatised. From spending 95 per cent of its funds on paying salaries, the municipality has brought it down to 8.5 per cent. His Government's endeavour was to empower people.

Pointing out to the massive office complex of General Electric coming up in Uppal, Mr. Naidu said at least 5,000 locals would get employment through this. More amenities to the area include link up with the Mass Modal Transport System in the second phase and e-Seva centres.

The Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, said roads would be widened and repaired in the municipality after the sewerage works are completed. He appealed for more drinking water in the area. The Ramanthapur lake would be taken over by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and beautified.

Giving a break up of the funds being utilised for the sewerage works, the Municipal Administration Minister, B.V. Mohan Reddy, said people of the area had contributed Rs. 6 crores with each household contributing Rs. 5,000. The State Government has granted Rs. 10 crores under the megacity project and the municipality's share was Rs. 14-crore.

The Ranga Reddy Collector, Ajay Jain, the HMWSSB Managing Director M.G. Gopal, and other senior officials were present.

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