ANDHRA PRADESH

QQSUDA initiative brings cheer to residents

HYDERABAD OCT. 28. The municipal colony at Ziaguda is getting a facelift after a gap of nearly three decades. Interestingly, the agency that is bringing development is not the MCH, but the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA).

This sprawling colony with 570 houses is inhabited by Class IV employees. Though they slog to keep the city spic and span, they have been wallowing in squalor and filth themselves without any roads and sewerage. After the entry of QQSUDA things have started looking up. Today, the colony is a far cry from its previous self. During the last few months, the QQSUDA has laid 2 km length of drainage and CC roads at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs.

When the QQSUDA administrator, J.R. Anand, accompanied by officials, visited the colony on Tuesday he was welcomed by the residents. They expressed happiness that at least now development was taking place in their colony. People from nearby areas thronged and urged Mr. Anand to develop their bastis too. The BJP corporator, A. Muneender, said his budget of Rs. 30 lakhs was hardly sufficient to develop Ziaguda.

Nearly 80 per cent of drainage and road work has been completed in the colony. The remaining work would be completed soon, Mr. Anand said. He promised to take up works in the other 24 bastis in Ziaguda for which at least Rs. 2 crores was required.

Mr. Anand took presspersons along to show the works done by the QQSUDA in the Karwan Assembly constituency. The local Majlis legislator, Afsar Khan, joined the visit rather late and kicked up a row as to why he was not informed earlier. Mr. Anand maintained that his office had informed the MLA and local corporators. Irate supporters of Mr. Khan, however, denied this and said the QQSUDA was taking credit for the works for which funds were provided from MP and MLA budgets.

In spite of the funds constraint, the QQSUDA had done a good job of providing drainage and roads in many interior areas in the old city. In Wadi-e-Mehmood at Ring Road, a 400-metre-long road and drainage line had been laid at a cost of Rs. 12 lakhs. Earlier, sewage water used to flow all over the place. On the request of the local people, Mr. Anand promised to extend the sewerage line further and build a septic tank.

At Moghal ka Nala, CC roads were laid in eight lanes at a cost of Rs. 15 lakhs and in the adjoining Moghal ka Nala B a 700-metre-long sewerage line was being laid at a cost of Rs. 10 lakhs. For a change, the QQSUDA was laying sewerage lines of one foot diameter and providing one and half metre deep catch pits. This was expected to take care of the needs of the area for the next two decades.

Drainage-cum-road work was also going on at a brisk pace in the narrow lanes at Jirra in Asifnagar, Sitarambagh, Mujahidnagar and Muradnagar. During this year, the QQSUDA had completed works to the tune of Rs. 3 crores, while another Rs. 1 crore works were in progress.

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