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Good Samaritans who made Hyderabad better

Published Dec 31, 2018, 2:51 am IST
Updated Dec 31, 2018, 2:51 am IST
Inspector General (law and order) and Women’s Safety, Swati Lakra
 Inspector General (law and order) and Women’s Safety, Swati Lakra

Inspector General (law and order) and Women’s Safety, Swati Lakra,
has introduced several initiatives including She Teams and Bharosa centre, to help women and children subjected to abuse. While serving as Additional Commissioner (Crimes & SIT) she was awarded the ‘Prestigious Daughter of India’ by the Rajasthan state government in Jaipur.

Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, 
who strove to rescue children forced into labour at brick kilns and has started worksite schools for the children. He won the 2018 Civil and Human Rights Individual Award from the US-based International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP). He was also awarded the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes Award by the US state department.

Viswajit Kampati, the young IPS officer who is Director of Enforcement, Vigilance & Disaster Management made his mark by providing pedestrians their right to walk. Mr Kampati has removed as many as 13,000 footpath encroachments in the city. As part of facilitating the public’s ‘right to walk’ on the footpath, 12,845 structures were removed during six special drives conducted by the GHMC.

Mohammed Musharraf Ali Faruqui, the 28-year-old IAS officer is spearheading change in the city one project at a time. 
As Additional Commissioner of GHMC, IT, he is on a mission to create Brand Hyderabad, together with his young, dynamic team. One of the first things he did after assuming charge was to introduce a biometric system for over 18,000 sweepers in Hyderabad and for the GHMC staff. This has curbed irregularities to a great extent. He commutes to work on a bicycle once a week, inspiring several officers working in government departments to do the same.

In 2018 GHMC made news for spearheading a 'green' revolution through a plethora of plastic recycling initiatives across the city. The woman who played a pivotal role in this sustainable transformation was GHMC Serilingampally's Zonal Commissioner D Hari Chandana. From installing uprecycled furniture made from waste in over 120 parks, to housing and sanitation projects that used recycled plastic tiles, Ms Chandana's efforts have produced a remarkable change in Hyderabad. A dog lover, she also converted a dirty dump yard into India's first certified dog park built to international standards!

Dana Kishore, 
the GHMC Commissioner, after assuming charge embarked on a mission to keep the city clean. He saw that construction and demolition debris was removed and did not comprise on unhygienic conditions. Mr Kishore imposed fines on major commercial establishments like More Mega store, Apollo Hospital and several residential properties in prime areas of the city where influential persons reside. The city civic chief says he is committed to making Hyderabad a global destination and the city's cleanliness is his top priority.

MA&UD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar was instrumented in getting several pending projects back on track. Among his achievements are the Jawaharnagar capping, Musi restoration and beautification project, beginning the restoration work of the Mozzam Jahi Market by adopting it, expediting the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP), Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) and several other initiatives in other municipal corporations in Telangana.

A decrepit village school building is restored. School kids get access to toilets and clean drinking water. Nearly 1200 child brides are rescued from their marriage mandaps and hundreds of victims of trafficking and abuse are empowered to speak up. These are only a few of the many achievements of IPS officer Rema Rajeshwari during her illustrious decade-long police career. In 2019, Ms Rajeshwari plans to lead dedicated campaigns to crack down on child marriages and child sexual abuse. She also plans to work in enhancing road safety in her district, which is notorious for road fatalities.

N.V.S. Reddy has been at the forefront in strengthening the city's public transportation system. With the operationalisation of a 16-km stretch of the Hyderabad Metro Rail between Ameerpet and LB Nagar in September this year, Hyderabad Metro Rail covers 46 km and has become India's second largest Metro Rail network, next only to Delhi. Mr Reddy has said that the 10-km stretch between Ameerpet and Hi-Tec City would be opened in 2019. He has advised that the implementation of the Common Mobility Card be speeded up and the pilot project start by the end of January 2019 in at least two metro stations, 
Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway was awarded the Best Transformation Initiative Award by the Ministry of Railways, on April 15, 2018. The award, introduced for the first time, is given in recognition of initiatives taken for transforming and improving the efficiency of the Indian Railway system, 

Dr Aruna Naidu, gynaecologist at Siddipet Mother and Child Hospital, carried out 33 child births on July 11, 2018. Of these, 17 were normal deliveries and 16 were C-section deliveries. The doctor was appreciated for her effort to promote normal deliveries. 



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