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City deserves A1 status: CPI(M)

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, OCT. 4. The focus is again on the A1 City status that has been eluding the twin cities for long. It was the former Union Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, with his repeated announcements that had kept the issue alive, but with a little result.

With the Census 2001 putting the population of the twin cities at 57 lakhs, the buzz is once again on the coveted status, this time from the Rajya Sabha member, P. Madhu of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Any city with more than 50 lakh population becomes eligible for the status.

Underscoring the importance of the status that will bring cheer to the 50,000 odd Government employees in the city, the Communist Party of India has decided to convene a meeting of all political parties in the State shortly to elicit their views and take the matter ahead.

Population criteria

"Now is the time to pursue the matter. Cities like Kolkata and Chennai were given the status six years ago taking into account the population of surrounding municipalities as well. The new Census has put the population of Hyderabad city region alone at 57 lakhs and there should not be any reason why we should not be getting the status as well. In fact, Hyderabad is the only city now which is qualified to get it," he maintained.

At present, Hyderabad is an A category city with employees getting a House Rent Allowance of Rs. 1,500 and the elevation to A1 status would double the amount. If this was the prime benefit of the elevation, which had been the demand of all Central Government employees unions for years together, the Left party wants people and planners to look at the larger picture.

Amenities

The city, which had grown by leaps and bounds, was teeming with people and its roads choked with thousands of vehicles. Largescale migration had only compounded the problems. "In the longer run, the status can be used to bring in more funds and improve the overall civic amenities," he said. Housing, transportation, slum development, employment and sanitation were the crucial areas.

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