Hyderabad roads set for Rs.20,000 crores facelift

Hyderabad's image of a global IT hub, which has been taking a beating because of rain-battered, pothole-ridden roads, is all set to a change with Rs.20,000 crore to be spent on road development by the state government.

Municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao has constituted a Hyderabad Road Development Task Force comprising senior officials of departments concerned to ensure convergence between various government agencies.

“Held a brainstorming session on improving roads,“ the minister tweeted on Wednesday evening. KTR, himself known for his criticism of the conditions of roads, also tweeted a couple of days ago, “Time to act, not talk more. Will start soon with works.“

After his tweet, suggestions flowed in online; one suggestion called for adopting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's model to fix contractor accountability, saying contractors should reimburse vehicle owners for damages caused on account of poor road conditions.

An amount of Rs.77 cr will be immediately spent on repairing roads. An amount of Rs.130 cr will be spent on white topping, to be completed before the monsoon next year.

KTR also held discussions with officials on finding a permanent solution to the problem. HRDC has prepared detailed project reports and tenders will be called for soon.

KTR said the Rs.1,000 crore works pertaining to the Strategic Road Development Project will be completed soon and is expected to provide a solution to the traffic congestion in the city. While so far only 50 engineers were involved in overseeing road works, the new plan will have 150 engineers, working on-site by the first week of next month.

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