Hyderabad on Sunday became the second largest city in India, in terms of geographical spread. With Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) replacing the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda), the state capital, Hyderabad is now the 2nd largest metro with a spread of 7,000 sq. km.
Hyderabad has surpassed four other metros in terms of area: Mumbai (4,272 sq. km); Delhi (1,483 sq. km); Kolkata (1,425 sq. km) and; Chennai (1,167 sq. km).
Hyderabad is now second only to Bengaluru, which is the largest metropolitan in India with an area of 8,000 sq. km.
16 mandals of Hyderabad and 22 mandals of Ranga Reddy, 10 of the Medak district, 4 of Nalgonda and 2 mandals of Mahbubnagar district have now come within the HMDA’s purview.
The Huda vice-chairman, K.S. Jawahar Reddy, has been appointed as HMDA metro commissioner.