Telangana government is moving forward to change the face of urban towns and cities with an objective to create a landscape of Telangana, said the Minister for Municipality and Urban development especially.
Announcing this after releasing the 2019-20 Annual Report of Telangana Municipal Administration here at Pragati Bhavan today, KTR said that Hyderabad continued to play a significant role in the growth story of the State during 2019-20 notwithstanding the setbacks towards the end due to covid19 lockdown,
The urban population is around 45% of the state’s population if one includes the workers from nearby Districts working in cities. Hyderabad continues to feature prominently in all success stories at the national level and continues to make waves whether it pertains to being the leader in the real estate sector, IT growth story, pharma exports, an astonishing story of road infrastructure network or for that matter the cost of living, he said.
The programme was attended by the Principal Secretary Municipal Administration Aravind Kumar, GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore, Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Errebelli Dayakar Rao and others.
Some of the major highlights in the urban space for Telangana during 2019-20 are as under:
- The state brought out a new municipal Act called “Telangana Municipal Act 2019” which is applicable to all 139 urban local bodies (except Hyderabad). This is perhaps the most progressive Act in India and one of the most forward-looking Urban Acts in the World. Some of the salient features include
- Self-assessment and online filing of Property tax;
- Self-declaration based 100% online time-bound building permission system thereby doing away with any interaction with any staff. Instant approvals for almost 85% of the cases ie up to 240 sq yards;
- Municipal budget to be a planned exercise with salary, sanitation, power bills, green budget & any outstanding loans as charged expenses;
- Earmarking 10% of the budget as “green budget”
- Local empowerment by forming 4 ward level committees each consisting of 15 members in each ward
- Duly recognizing the increasingly urban nature and growth, the number of ULBs were increased from 78 to 139 and this includes 13 municipal Corporations; This will give the required impetus to these areas and will enable these urban areas to act as an engine of growth;
- Municipal Elections were conducted in January 2020 for 131 ULBs and this will ensure that there are stability and unhindered growth path for the next five years;
- Under TUFIDC, Administrative sanctions were accorded for Rs.2000 crores worth of works in about 110 ULBs and works are going on; this is one of the biggest infusion so far as capital infrastructure works are concerned in these ULBs;
- Metro Rail connectivity – during the year, Hyderabad Metro, the world’s largest PPP metro with a length of 69 km got completed and with this, the Hyderabad has now got the Country’s second-largest metro rail network, next only to Delhi. Further, the HMRL registered a peak ridership of 4 lakhs per day by February 2020;
- Drinking-Water supply to the Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration (HUA) received a boost:
- HMWSSB’s 20 TMC (344 MGD) capacity Keshavapuram reservoir, which will ensure water assurance till the horizon year of 2040 by bringing water from Kaleshwaram LIS through Kondapochamma Sagar;
- The HMWSSB also completed 725 Cr Phase-I Project for ORR area covering 24 ULBs and 18 Gram Panchayats providing water supply to 2 lakh households
- The HMDA ensured Green Cover to the city horizons by incurring an expenditure of Rs.96.64 Crores. Its efforts resulted in the development of:
- 31 blocks in 5614 Ha / 13,872.5 Acres within ORR;
- 188 blocks in 129 locations covering an area of 64053.9 Ha / 1,58,281.60 Acres within HMDA jurisdiction beyond ORR;
- 25 forest blocks at 16 locations covering an area of 5928.38 Ha / 14,155.4 Acres, outside of ORR;
- In addition to this, the GHMC is developing 6 forest blocks at 3 locations with an area of 596.00 Ha or 1472.12 Acres; and
- The HMR is developing two forest blocks with a total area of 407 Ha /1005.29 Acres
- Health care – in addition to existing 123 Basthi Davakhanas, another 45 davakhanas were inaugurated recently. A total of 350 Basthi Davakhanas will be opened in Hyderabad;
- A total of 3000 Public toilets are planned for Hyderabad @500 Public Toilets in each of the 6 zones; Works are going on;
- We want to make Hyderabad Hoarding Free. A new regulation is being brought out and the idea is to make Hyderabad safer and cleaner;
- Roads infrastructure – This year, in a unique concept of road maintenance covering the major arteries of the City, the GHMC initiated the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Project (CRMP). This is a first of its kind initiative wherein a competent, capable and experienced private player is entrusted with the maintenance of a particular stretch of road, who will not only make a capital investment in creating the road infrastructure to a set-standard but also maintain the same throughout the contractual period of 5 years. About, 709 Kms or major roads in the City have been entrusted to 6 agencies. Of this, agencies have given a facelift to the City roads, as they are obliged to lay about 331 km of roads in the first year itself. The CRMP helped the GHMC in doing away with repeated tendering process and restoration of damaged roads in a piecemeal manner, besides being economical on O&M front.
- Town planning (2019-20):
- With its Development Permission Management System (DPMS), the GHMC is able to process 90% of its building plans in the non-multi storied category within an enviable timeframe of just 18 days. During 2019-20, it has issued 17538 building permissions netting a revenue of Rs.986.44 Crores in the form of permission fee. The number of permissions granted as well as the permission fee received has shown over 100% increase during the past four years period;
- With a view to decongest the major arteries and to provide better road connectivity, a novel initiative of “development of missing link/slip roads” has been taken up;
- 38 number of roads have been taken up for widening to facilitate construction of multi-level flyovers, development of major junctions and expansion of roads, which helped in easing the traffic movement;
- The encouragement to the TDR Policy made it easy for the GHMC to acquire properties required for road widening and other developmental purposes with the minimal financial burden on the local body. Further, to make the process of issuance, utilisation and sale of TDR Certificates simpler, the GHMC developed an online TDR Bank (http://tdr.ghmc.telangana.gov.in:8080/) which proved to be of great help to the citizens; there is a sale transaction of 271 TDR certificates during 2019-20, worth Rs.250 Cr
- Strengthening Disaster Relief in GHMC is a noteworthy achievement during the year 2019-20. The Disaster Response Force (DRF) proved effective and handy in tackling all forms of urban disasters including the COVID19 kind of health epidemic. Perhaps the GHMC is the only city corporation in the country to have a Central Enforcement Cell (CEC) for a transparent, accountable and visible system of central enforcement. The CEC helped in largescale removal of footpath encroachment, reclamation of 18 parks from the encroachers and protection of lake encroachments.
- Some of the landmark projects getting done
- Cable bridge
- Renovation of MJ Market
- Making all three lines of Metro functional
- Flyover completion of fast track mode
- Covid19 response – The municipal Department rose to the occasion and has done yeoman service since the lockdown began in the third week of March 2020. The sanitation, entomology, disaster relief and water supply staff worked on a 24/7 basis, often putting themselves on risk to ensure that basic civic services are maintained uninterrupted. In addition, free food was arranged for 1.25 lakhs /day during lunch and 0.75 lakhs/day people for dinner from March 25th onwards until date. A total of 284 on-site camps were maintained at construction sites for all the migrant workers all this while and it’s in fact the state govt which arranged for travel to their native places.
- Converting adversity such as Covid19 lockdown into an opportunity, we, in an out of box thinking, undertook road and flyover works in a mission mode, utilising the lockdown time and the fact there was little or no traffic during this meanwhile. Works worth almost Rs 2000 Crs were carried out during this 60 days lockdown period and we could complete the foundation of all flyovers, could lay 300 km of BT surfacing and about 30 km of VDCC roads and a total of 27 stretches covering 44 km were taken up under missing link roads. This has earned widespread appreciation and works which would have required 6 months could be completed in this lockdown period.
An Urban Centre of Excellence will be set up during 2020-21. A comprehensive waste management policy is also under consideration covering all types of urban waste and will be applicable in all cities including Hyderabad soon;
A self-certification online-based time-bound building and layout approval system called TSBPASS (Telangana State Building Permission Approval and Self-certification System), on the lines of TSIPASS is under testing and will be launched after it’s approved by the Cabinet;