HYDERABAD: Days after devastating flooding brought Hyderabad to its knees, experts blame the municipal administration and urban development department for
failing to improve the city’s infrastructure as promised under the 100-days action plan.
One of the main reasons being cited for woeful lack of activity on the ground is that MA&UD minister K T Rama Rao has been saddled with many major portfolios, including IT and industries. “He (KTR) could not find time to focus on MA&UD as a result of which the 100-days action plan was not even half-done before it started raining,” said a MA&UD official. Announcing the action plan in February , KTR set an agenda of completing work, including de-siltation of storm water drains, work on 569 BT road works at a cost of Rs 200 crore, and repairing of all interior roads. However, by August end, before the current spell of rain, little progress had been made.Incidentally, the work completed included setting up of gyms in GHMC wards and development of colony parks with play equipment, which are not related to crucial city infrastructure.
The report card released by KTR on May 31 when the 100-days deadline ended said work on 526 BT roads had been completed. The report highlighted that 89.59% of de-siltation of storm water drains had been done and 90% of the goal of setting up GHMC ward committees had been achieved. The reality however is different. De-silting was not taken up in earnest and roads were left with potholes.Of 9,000 km city roads, only 1,500 km have storm water drains and 28,000 illegal structures on drains were left untouched. “The tender process was completed for de-silting storm water drains, but works did not start…Ward committee were not constituted,” said MIM councillor Mirza Riyaz ul Hassan Effendi, Dabeerpura ward. As per norm, the GHMC grants Rs 50 lakh to each councillor to carry out work. However, none of the 150 corporators received funds after the new GHMC council came into existence.”It would have been better if GHMC released ward development fund much before monsoon,” said P Vijaya Reddy, TRS councillor, Kharathabad ward.