Hyderabad: A round-table organised by the Foundation for Futuristic Cities opined that key stakeholders do not take part in comprehensive development of the city and just just responding to situations as they arise.
The objective of the round-table was to get a ‘snapshot’ of the infrastructure status of Hyderabad city. Foundation president Karuna Gopal said dialogue between stakeholders would give an opportunity to revisit the priorities of the city, investment decisions and reform areas.
Terming Hyderabad the accident capital of India, Prof C. Ramchandraiah, urban transportation expert, suggested that city officials earmark two hours in the morning and evening for mass public transport, and mobilise people to travel only by buses. He also suggested laying a three-metre cycling track along the roads. Cardiologist Dr C. Venkata S. Ram said unplanned urbanisation had increased the health risk of citizens. The city needed 100 hospitals like Osmania, Gandhi and NIMS spread all over the urban area.
Dr B.V. Subba Rao, lake conservation expert, said authorities must review the city’s infrastructure to make it more cost-effective. Better results pertaining to infrastructure could not be achieved without enhancing the capacities of the corporation. BJP president Dr K. Lakshman, Congress’ M. Sashidhar Reddy, GHMC commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy and others participated in the meet.