Rama Krishna Sangem
Telangana Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) has set a bigger agenda for HMDA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority). The minister who is also working president of ruling TRS came to HMDA office at Ameerpet in the city on February 11, Friday. Municipal Administration Special Chief Secretary and HMDA commissioner Arvind Kumar, IAS, welcomed KTR.
Chief Minister is the chairman of HMDA while Municipal Administration Minister is the vice-chairman.
KTR told the top brass of HMDA that they should focus on the development of not just Hyderabad city, but also seven surrounding districts, that fall under their jurisdiction. KTR’s direction assumes significance in view of upcoming Regional Ring Road around Hyderabad city. This RRR covers thousands of villages from an average 50km distance from the state capital.
Already, HMDA takes care of Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad, including greenery and lighting along. The minister told the Special CS and other officials to focus on long-term growth prospects of the city in the coming years. As Hyderabad is a fast growing city in India, this kind of larger vision would be required to deal with futuristic needs.
HMDA has come a long way from the days of HUDA (Hyderabad Urban Development Authority) in 1975. Now HMDA takes care of 7,250 sq km of area covering Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, 40 municipalities and over 1,000 villages around the city. As Hyderabad is core of Telangana, HMDA can be called a mini-state government.
HMDA approved layouts have greater credibility in real estate business. Real estate and construction activity is a primary driver of Hyderabad economy, efficiency of HMDA is vital for the growth of the sector. Once known for opaque ways of functioning, now HMDA introduced greater transparency at level of its functioning.
Those who were present at KTR’s meeting are: Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited MD Santosh, IAS, Urban Forestry division director B Prabhakar, IFS, HMDA secretary P Chandraiah, Chief Engineer BLN Reddy, Planning directors Balakrishna and Siva Saranappa, Estate Officer K Gangadhar and CEO Harinath Reddy.
On the occasion, KTR posed for cameras with sanitisation staff of HMDA.