Hyderabad to be
made a world class city
Traffic in city will be restructured
A.P. to be made No.1 destination of investors
Hyderabad|India|July'2009: The Chief Minister Dr Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy decided that Hyderabad would be made a World Class City
and Andhra Pradesh the most preferred destination of the investors in
Asia. He wanted Andhra Pradesh to surpass the industrially advanced
Gujarat and achieve the Number 1 position. Dr. Reddy directed the
officials to make concerted efforts to achieve this goal in the light of
the latest World Bank report.
The just released International Finance Corporation-World Bank report
Doing Business in India 2009 show that Hyderabad is ranked second most
preferred destination of the businessmen in India, next only to Ludhiana.
Big metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and
Kolkotha fall behind Hyderabad.
The parameters on the basis of which the report was prepared include
starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering
property, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and
the ease of closing business. In respect of important parameters like
enforcing contracts, closing a business are concerned, Hyderabad ranked
number 1 in the country. The Main finding of the study is that doing
business is easier in Ludhiana & Hyderabad and more difficult to start and
operate a business in Kochi and Kolkotha. If other States also initiates
reforms to cut the time of issuing construction permits to that of
Hyderabad --- 80 days, it would put India ahead of Germany, the report
The Chief Minister expressed happiness that in spite of being an agrarian
State, Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad could achieve this distinction. It has
now surpassed cities and States known for only industrialisation. Big
investments in the State which was only on papers till 2004, were grounded
only due to the meticulous planning coupled with relentless efforts of
this government. With the Greenfield International Airport,
Pharmaceutical, B.T. & I.T. hubs, number of International Research Labs,
Centres of Excellence, best infrastructural facilities etc., Hyderabad
today is way ahead of other cities in attracting investments. Besides
Andhra Pradesh is now known for a proactive government, best industrial
policy, lowest power tariff, good climate, political stability & and
overall peace to help attract huge investments into the State.
A Master Plan covering the GHMC area will be ready in just 3 months time
and many projects are already on the anvil. The Chief Minister said the
GHMC area will be connected all along the Outer Ring Road by rail and
road. He said plans are afoot to make the City the transit halt between
Europe and China. The traffic bottlenecks in the city will be removed and
road widening works in the city will be taken up on war footing and
completed, he said. The Chief Minister admitted that the vehicle
population in the city has been more than all expectations and even the
population of the GHMC area is bigger than some of the States and small
countries in the world.
The Chief Minister said once the daily water supply and power
self-sufficiency becomes a reality in Hyderabad and other urban areas,
Andhra Pradesh would be top in the world map as far as investors'
destination is concerned. He said the State Government is making all out
efforts to make the city internationally competitive with world class
infrastructure and services. His vision is to develop the city of
Hyderabad on par with World-class Cities like Singapore, Shanghai, Kaula
Lampur etc; provide better civic amenities with planned development
compared to Mega cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatha and Chennai; develop
an inclusive city wherein all world class infrastructure, entertainment
and other facilities are available at the most reasonable cost.
He wanted to ensure better planning and focused development, more
equitable devolution of finances and utilisation of resources. Dr Reddy
wants to ensure uniform enforcement and administrative structure,
facilitate improved and high standard of civic services. The Government
has plans to connect all the existing railway stations, MMTS stations and
contemplated Metro Rail Line; widening of Inner Ring Road, fast completion
of Outer Ring Road, Connecting the international Airport from any corner
of the city etc.to solve the traffic problems in the city and surrounding
Scientific disposal of solid waste in GHMC area has been awarded to M/s
RAMKY Enviro Engineers Limited. Out of total project cost of Rs.908.54
Crores, GHMC committed for sanction of Rs.250.00 Crores under JNNURM
(Government of India Rs.175 Crores, Government of A.P. Rs.75 Crores).
Detailed Project Report for Road widening to de-congest the traffic in the
core area and improving the connectivity of core and peripheral area
costing Rs.550 Crores is submitted to Government of India for sanction
under JNNURM. Parks will be developed all around the Hussainsagar Lake and
along the Necklace Road as part of the beautification of the Lake.
Dr Reddy said proposal for sanction of MMTS under Phase-II at an estimated
cost of Rs.614 Cr. is pending with the Ministry of Railways for providing
connectivity from Secunderabad to Medchal--28 Kms, Falaknuma to Shamshabad--20
Kms, Secunderabad to Ghatkesar--19 Kms. Infrastructure works costing
Rs.5551 Cr. sanctioned, and works costing Rs.2765 Cr. completed after
formation of GHMC. He said once the Godavari water for City Phase I and II
are completed, entire GHMC area will get daily water supply of a minimum
of 3 to 4 hours. Some of the core areas of the city are to get 24x7 water
supply, he said. Over 200 New colony parks are being developed with Rs.20
cr., 52 parks completed; remaining 148 will be completed by Oct 2009.
Reachout's News Bureau
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