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Rs. 125-cr. plan for old city

By J.S. Ifthekhar

HYDERABAD, JULY 29. Are better days ahead for the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA) and the old city? It appears so. Buoyed by the interest shown by the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, for a special package for development of the old city during his `Sadbhavana yatra', the QQSUDA has come up with a Rs. 125-crore action plan.

Civic amenities

A detailed programme has been drawn up for improvement of civic infrastructure like roads, sewerage, drainage, drinking water, construction of hospitals, primary health centre (PHC) buildings, school buildings and community halls in the old city.

The modified plan has been sent to the Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration Department, and the file is to be circulated to the Chief Minister. The latter is expected to hold a separate meeting, probably after the Assembly session is over, to finalise funds for old city development. However, the budget allocation for QQSUDA for 2004-2005 continues to be a meagre Rs. 2.85 crores under plan and Rs. 5 crores under non-plan.

Road widening

Among other things, the Authority proposes to take up 22 road widening works costing Rs. 50 crores during the current financial year. This also includes providing approaches for construction of two flyovers at Kandikalgate and Uppuguda. At least 100 properties are likely to be affected. The QQSUDA wants the cash rich MCH to contribute Rs. 25 crores for payment of land and structural compensation.

It is also proposed to take up construction of an additional floor on the Diamond Jubilee block of the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and construction a new block at the Government Maternity Hospital, Nayapul, providing additional 60 beds. All these programmes will be taken up under the plan grant, said J. R. Anand, Administrator, QQSUDA.

He said under the non-plan grant of Rs. 100 crores it was proposed to lay 885 cement concrete (CC) roads, 295 black top (BT) roads, 780 sewerage lines and storm water drains. "All this can be done provided the Government approves a special package for old city," Mr. Anand said.

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