KCR wants to di­vide city into 3 rings, make it global

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The state gov­ern­ment will pre­pare a mas­ter plan to de­velop Hy­der­abad city as a global city by di­vid­ing it into three parts — the city within the Outer Ring Road, and the city be­yond the ORR and the city within the pro­posed Re­gional Ring Road.

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao said the mas­ter plan would be drafted by the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Staff Col­lege of In­dia (ASCI) in con­sul­ta­tion with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts, keep­ing in view the fu­ture needs of the city.

Speak­ing dur­ing a re­view meet­ing with of­fi­cials, Mr Rao said, “We need to iden­tify ar­eas with spe­cific ref­er­ence

The state gov­ern­ment will pre­pare a mas­ter plan to de­velop Hy­der­abad city as a global city by di­vid­ing it into three parts — the city within the Outer Ring Road, and the city be­yond the ORR and the city within the pro­posed Re­gional Ring Road.

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao said that in­stead of de­pend­ing on a small body like the HMDA for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mas­ter plan, there should be a larger body con­sist­ing of ex­perts drawn from var­i­ous fields like sew­er­age, drink­ing wa­ter, power lines, traf­fic and en­vi­ron­ment.

In­struct­ing of­fi­cials to get the mas­ter plan drafted in three months, Mr Rao said funds would be al­lo­cated and re­leased by the gov­ern­ment.

He ad­vised of­fi­cials to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the sta­tus of Hy­der­abad, its pop­u­la­tion, con­di­tion of the roads and traf­fic con­di­tions and the con­di­tion of other fa­cil­i­ties like sew­er­age sys­tem, power sup­ply po­si­tion and green cover.

“If all these as­pects are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, we should make a de­ci­sion and as­sess sci­en­tif­i­cally what would be Hy­der­abad after 10 years. Ac­cord­ingly, the mas­ter plan has to be pre­pared,” Mr Rao said.

He said Hy­der­abad was de­vel­op­ing quickly and there was largescale mi­gra­tion into the city for em­ploy­ment. “This is adding five to six lakh pop­u­la­tion to Hy­der­abad an­nu­ally,” Mr Rao said. He noted that nearly two crore peo­ple use the Shamshabad air­port ev­ery year. “All these things help the the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the city which is a very happy thing,”

He said if Hy­der­abad was not de­vel­oped in tune with the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and their needs, life in the city would be­come mis­er­able.

“As of now, Hy­der­abad ap­pears to be all right but un­less we awaken now and pre­pare for the fu­ture the sit­u­a­tion would be go of con­trol,” Mr Rao said.

Among the prob­lem the city faces, the CM men­tioned the Musi river which he said was “to­tally spoiled and has be­come a drain.” He said pol­lu­tion was ris­ing, there were traf­fic prob­lems and green cover was com­ing down.

He said pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries must be shifted out from the city and in­dus­trial es­tates which are not in use should be con­verted into green ar­eas and parks. He in­structed of­fi­cials that the 1.5 lakh acres of for­est blocks in and around Hy­der­abad should be re­ju­ve­nated.

■ THE CM said if Hy­der­abad was not de­vel­oped in tune with the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and their needs, life in the city would be­come mis­er­able.

K. Chan­drasekhar Rao

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