Hyderabad, July 14 (INN): Chief Secretary PK Mohanty asked Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to take up protection and conservation of 200 lakes by erecting fencing around it and civic body to take up plantation of two lakh saplings at various places in the city during the current monsoon season.
The Chief Secretary has given these directions to the GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu during the inspection of lakes – Goshai Kunta Lake, Wipro Lake, Yellamma Cheruvu, Kotthaguda Lake, and Mullakatuva Lake in the jurisdiction of west zone GHMC of the city on Sunday.
The GHMC Commissioner informed the Chief Secretary that corporation has already taken up protection of 108 lakes by erecting fencing around for protection and conservation by duly involving the resident welfare associations, local communities and companies.
The Chief Secretary praised the GHMC Commissioner for improving the revenues of GHMC and for involving the resident welfare associations and local communities in development of the city. He has directed the GHMC Commissioner to increase the sapling plantation target of GHMC from 1 lakh to 2lakh saplings during this monsoon season by allocating sufficient budget.
Krishna Babu said he had requested the Chief Secretary to make inspection and give his expert suggestions for development of the city. Krishna Babu said we are fortunate to have an urban development expert like PK Mohanty with us as Mohanty had earlier served as MCH Commissioner and also as Vice-Chairman of HUDA. His guidance and advise are valuable for development of the city, the GHMC Commissioner added.
Mohanty said an action plan is being prepared on the directions of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for development of Greater Hyderabad into world class city. He said the Chief Minister wanted an integrated plan for development of the city. The plan is to integrate public transport, creating employment, improve greenery, and protecting and conserving lakes. This integrated plan will be ready in next three months, he said. As there are lots of studies conducted on transit oriented development in city, there is no need for new studies as of now and the existing study reports can be utilised to prepare the plan, the chief secretary said.
Money is not at all a problem and anything required for integrated growth with focus on transit oriented development will be given by the government, the CS reiterated. Be it the government orders or permissions, or money, there will be total support from the government side, he added. Stating that Krishna Babu has been doing a good job, the Chief Secretary said the revenues of the corporation have increased. It is good to see that the GHMC is involving resident welfare associations and local community in development of the city, maintenance of parks and lakes can also be given to RWAs, he said
The Chief Secretary said Greater Hyderabad is a thickly populated city and as such the plans should be for prepared with focus on transport oriented development. Departments like GHMC, HMDA, irrigation, Panchayat Raj, Water Board, APIIC, Hyderabad Metro Rail, MMTS, Railways need to coordinate. On the directions of Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary will regularly hold coordination meetings with these agencies, he said. Emphasising the need for improving greenery, the Chief Secretary said every municipality needs to set aside certain percentage of its budget for improving green cover in their jurisdictions.
D. Ronald Rose, IAS Additional Commissioner (Planning),. R. Dhansingh, Engineer in Chief, Zonal Commissioner Aleem Basha, Additional Commissioner (Urban Biodiversity) Chandramohan Reddy, Deputy Commissioners Suresh and VV Manohar and Senior Officials from GHMC and various other Govt. Departments have participated in the above said visit today.