Hyderabad-based Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), in consultation with a team of national and international experts, will formulate a comprehensive master plan to convert Hyderabad into a global city, keeping in view the future needs of the city, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said, on February 9, 2019, during a meeting with officials. Any changes to the master plan should be done only with the consent of the cabinet, a release from his office, quoting him, said.
Rao said that instead of depending on a small body like the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority to implement the plan for the city’s comprehensive development, there should be a larger body, with experts from various fields like sewerage, drinking water, power lines, traffic and environment. Observing that Hyderabad has been growing, population-wise and also economically, he said the city, however, faced problems like rising pollution, increase in traffic and reduction in green cover.
Rao said it was not only Delhi and Bengaluru but also Beijing that was now not convenient to live in. Delhi was suffering from pollution and Bengaluru had traffic problems. As of now, Hyderabad appeared to be all right but the situation would be out of control unless the city prepared for the future, he said. Stressing on the need to promote greenery, he said all polluting industries must be shifted from the city.
“Industrial estates not in use due to closure, are to be converted into green areas and parks. Every vacant place is to be converted into a green area. The 1.5 lakh acres of forest blocks in and around Hyderabad, should be rejuvenated as a forest,” he said. He reiterated that the metro rail would be extended up to the international airport.