Hyderabad: Municipal administration minister K.T. Rama Rao on Monday asked Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation officials to draft a comprehensive road maintenance (CRM) programme to improve the maintenance of roads in the city.
Mr Rao was speaking at a Cabinet subcommittee meeting at the GHMC headquarters. He instructed officials to prepare the CRM prior to handing over not only the maintenance of roads, but also of greenery, pavements, and everything pertaining to roads to private players.
Speaking during the meeting Mr Rao said laying of new roads, identifying damaged roads, filling of potholes, preparing estimates and allocating works was done by different wings of the GHMC, which has led to coordination challenges.
He said to address these challenges the GHMC has initiated the CRM programme under which a total of 709 km of Hyderabad roads will be maintained. The CRM programme is aimed at providing better quality roads to citizens, he added. Explaining how the CRM works, the minister said that the main roads of Hyderabad will be divided into eight units for maintenance work on a war footing.
He said GHMC will call for tenders for road maintenance for a term of five years. The responsibility for laying of roads, maintenance, building footpaths, cleaning, and maintaining greenery, will be with the agencies appointed. “The agencies will also take up the necessary digging and re-laying work, for which they will take permissions from HMWS&SB and Transco six months in advance. This will improve road infrastructure maintenance and work standards,” Mr Rao said.
He said the GHMC will from time to time monitor the quality of the work done by the agencies.