Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on December 31, 2018, asked officials to take up a massive drive, to improve greenery in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits. Rao held a meeting with HMDA Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy and other officials, on promoting greenery in the areas under the HMDA. The chief minister suggested that the HMDA authorities come out with a plan and a plan of action, for developing greenery in HMDA area, a release from his office said.
Hyderabad should not become a concrete jungle like some other Indian cities and citizens should benefit from a massive plantation campaign, Rao said, adding that lung space should be created as much as possible in HMDA areas. Rao also told the HMDA commissioner to form walkers’ clubs and hand them over to walkers for maintenance. He emphasised the need to rejuvenate erstwhile forest areas near the city, the release said. Rao wanted an integrated approach, in collaboration with the forest department, to be evolved for developing greenery, including in areas around the city’s Outer Ring Road, the release added.