Hyderabad: Along the lines of the popular “Town Hall meetings” in the US, IT minister K.T. Rama Rao interacted with hundreds of participants from various walks of life on Tuesday, to unveil the TS government’s vision for development of the city. The event titled Brand Hyderabad was held at Rock Heights, Shilparamam for over two hours. Giving a PPT presentation, Mr Rao explained measures taken by the state government to transform Hyderabad into a truly global city.
He said that the event was part of the government’s efforts to engage citizens in a meaningful and continued fashion and added that many more such programmes would be held in the coming days to reach out to citizens. He spoke about the SRDP to decongest city roads, the Water Grid and efforts by the government to increase installed power capacity from the present 4,760 MW to 24,000 MW.
On public amenities, he said solid waste management measures including the distribution of two dustbins to 22 lakh families, commissioning of 1000 trolleys, strengthening public transport through MMTS Phase II and HMR would give the desired results soon. Water bodies’ conservation, including cleaning Hussainsagar and rejuvenating Himayatsagar and Osmansagar was also touched upon. Mr Rao stated that around 10 crore saplings would be planted in Hyderabad as part of the Haritha Haaram program. On law enforcement and public safety, he referred to several initiatives taken up by the government, like the state-of-the-art command and control centre to come up in Banjara Hills, modernising police infrastructure, SHE teams, the Hawk Eye mobile App etc. On the investments front, he listed the companies that had set up shop, scaled up operations or were thriving after the introduction of the new industrial policy, TS-iPASS. The minister said that TS was spending close to Rs 30,000 crore on welfare schemes.
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