Minister K.T. Rama Rao (Twitter)
HYDERABAD: A master plan will be drafted to improve the catchment areas of GO 111 land by keeping the greenbelt and biodiversity intact, said municipal administration minister K.T. Rama Rao. "We will ensure that Osmansagar and Himayatsagar will not end up like Hussainsagar," he said.
"With Kondapochammasagar and Mallannasagar, we are no more dependent on Osmansagar and Himayatsagar for drinking water needs,'' said the minister.
"People in the 84 villages are rejoicing because of our decision. With 1.32 lakh acres of land available for development, this will pave the way to horizontal growth and a new city. We will be drafting a plan to do so without disturbing the residents of Hyderabad and work on setting up something new in the freshly available lands. We will also ensure that the two lakes do not end up like Hussainsagar," he said.
Further commenting on other political parties and their decision to revoke the GO, Rama Rao said that even Congress and BJP leaders had promised the same to the residents of 84 villages. "Former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy wanted to lift the GO way back in 2006-07 and he had even constituted a committee to this effect but things didn't go as planned by him. The Congress and BJP leaders during their public meetings in 2009 and 2014 had also assured to lift the GO 111," he reminded.