TS plans big on developing city

Wed, 2016-02-24 18:23 -- SCC India Staff

To seek support from top infra companies to fund its projects to make Hyderabad a fully global city. Initiatives involving the communities taken up making 52 cities ODF so far.

The Telangana government is inviting the top infra companies in the country to seek support for its massive projects like skyways or new growth corridors designed to make Hyderabad a fully global city.

IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said the meeting will be held in the first week of March in the city where all the top infra companies would participate. The meeting is expected to look at the critical aspects like feasibility, sustainability, financial support and finally execution, Mr. Rao said, while speaking to media after attending a workshop on ‘Good Practices in Urban Management’.

In the meantime, officials would also visit various parts of the country to study the projects successfully launched and executed in urban areas related to sanitation, infrastructure, civic and waste management among others. Earlier, Mr. Rao addressed a workshop organised at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and said the government was keen on learning from other States to improve the quality of services in Hyderabad and other towns.

Sharing his vision of promoting Hyderabad as a clean, green, safe and smart city, he said it was imperative to take care of basic infrastructure. He suggested that the cities and towns undertake projects that shun immediate gratification and show perceptible achievement of short-term and long-term goals. Mr. Rao, who spent nearly four hours listening to the presentations from officers across the country, also got doubts clarified with regard to raising finances, hurdles in execution, use of technology, involving communities and success implementation. He showed keen interest in the experience of the Maharashtra government on Open Defecation-Free (ODF) towns.

Manisha Patankar Mhaiskar, Secretary, Urban Development Department of Maharashtra, explained the initiatives involving the communities making 52 cities ODF so far.

The Minister was particularly keen on Bangalore’s Tender SURE project, an integrated road development project that created more space for walkers and cyclists and reduced motorways. The round-the-clock water supply scheme of Nagpur also caught the Minister’s attention and he also learnt about commercially sustainable waste water recycling. ASCI Chairman Padmanabhaiah suggested that the cities need to work on the model of ‘KTCR -Keep the City Running’ on the same lines of ‘KTBR – Keep the Business Running’ which is applied in business models. Ravi Kant, Director General ASCI, and Srinivas Chary Vedala, Director of Centre of Urban Governance at ASCI also spoke. Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan and senior officials were present.

Source: The Hindu