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Source: Times of India, 20-Aug-2008.
well we may NOT count our chickens too early if this report were to be believed in all likelihood.

http://www.deccan.com/home/homedetails.asp#CM halts land acquisition

originally posted by: swajayr in the thread: post#127

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=435097&page=7

If road acquisition has to be halted elsewhere in the state, the same logic would apply in Hyderabad also.

Sorry that this is NOT sounding optimistic but until the elections are over, the officials may NOT dare touch the private properties to expand roads.
 

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These projects will also see the substandard results as every single project taken by this Govt. over last 4 years.

Sorry for being such a cynic but I can easily say every single road either built or re carpeted by this Govt. Last only till the first rain.

Whole stretch from Jubliee Checkpost to Hitech City widened by this Govt during Congress Mega meet few years back is has been re-carpeted twice
but just to last next rain.

Last time it was 6 months back when it was repaired and first rain of this monsoon has left it full of pot holes.

I don't blame CM or congress for this but corrupt people of my state who bring him to power. They are organized voting my Govt. officials, police and also lazy TDP supporters who don't find to come out and vote.

Such a shame.
Source: Times of India, 20-Aug-2008.
 

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Is Science City still on cards?

From Deccan Chronicle
CM halts land acquisition


Hyderabad, Aug 19: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, on Tuesday directed officials not to acquire land for infrastructure projects unless there was dire need to do so. The Chief Minister instructed the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam district collectors to immediately withdraw prohibitory orders imposed on land transactions in several mandals falling in the proposed Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR).

He said there was no need to issue such orders when the government was not acquiring land for the PCPIR. Dr Reddy is also believed to have asked officials to put on hold land acquisition for the Visakhapatnam international airport till defence authorities cleared the project. With regard to minor airports in the districts, he said a firm no to land acquisition at this stage.

The Chief Minister appeared to have decided not to risk poll prospects by aggressively acquiring land, which has become a contentious issue. He also wanted all infrastructure projects to be grounded immediately so as to gain electoral mileage out of creating employment opportunities on a large scale. In an unusual manner, the Chief Minister held a marathon district-wise review meeting on infrastructure projects being implemented or proposed. Senior officials, collectors of about 12 districts and the private developers of projects besides Mr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, former adviser (political) and the Chief Minister’s confidant, took part in the review.

Sources said the Chief Minister wanted the officials to follow up with Central authorities on a day-to-day basis and obtain necessary permissions instead of drafting letters seeking permission. He said the Gangavaram port should be put into operation by September at any cost while the Vadarevu Nizampatnam Port Industrial Corridor and Machilipatnam port should be grounded immediately.

With regard to Anantapur district, however, the Chief Minister asked the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation to continue with land acquisition in view of demand from locals and people’s representatives. The government had a bitter experience there with Jurong backing out from the 60,000-acre Odyssey Science City and farmers are pressuring the government to complete the acquisition process.
 

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i think the roads laid down during Naidu's regime were better than the ones under YSR. Compromise in quality is the motto of congress work all along in the history.

Anyways, if only the govt babus realize that laying a high quality road the first time will solve annual headaches of roads getting washed out every monsoon.
 

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Anyways, if only the govt babus realize that laying a high quality road the first time will solve annual headaches of roads getting washed out every monsoon.
I think i quoted this before in a different thread but I will just mention it here again. If they lay a good quality road for the first time, the CONTRACTORS will not get calls for tenders again which means they will NOT get money again. That's why to make money these [email protected]$*@RD$ lay a poor quality of roads only to suck more money out of the tax payers pocket and feed in to their kitty so as to maintain their "families" (single or multiple) and also their sons/daughters who require to study abroad and "maintain their standard" of living there. (For all this, they require additional funds and this is basically where they get from.)

Sorry for the strong wording. All may NOT fall under this category. But most of them are. Which is NOTHING but corruption.

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Repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?tp=on&autono=44992

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) have entered into a memorandum of understanding for setting up an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.

According to GHIAL, the developer and operator of the new airport, the proposed MRO centre will be able to handle all types of aircraft from light jets to A 380. The centre is expected to start operations from the third quarter of next year.

A GHIAL spokesperson told Business Standard that the business plan of the joint venture was not ready and the details of the centre's area, capacity, equity and financial structure were not yet finalised.

"The timing of this partnership, representing MAS E&M's (engineering and maintenance) first foray into the Indian aircraft maintenance market, is perfect as the Indian market is experiencing strong aircraft growth with manufacturers bullish on aircraft orders," MAS executive director and chief financial officer, Tengku Azmil Zahruddin, stated in a press release.

He said MAS E&M had already commenced providing technical training to the first batch of 70 Indian trainees to be engaged in MRO operations. MAS would also provide certification in addition to operations and maintenance know-how.

GHIAL chief executive officer PS Nair said the MRO would be another step towards making the Hyderabad airport an integrated aviation facility.

According to estimates of GHIAL and MAS, more than 200 new aircraft will be headed for India in the next two years, adding to the 300 aircraft currently in operations. In the next 8-10 years, there are expected to be 2,000 new planes in the country.
 

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^^ cool.
DC:
Bridge to Lakdikapul road further delayed
Hyderabad, Aug. 22: The construction of a bridge parallel to the existing Lakdikapul road over-bridge is likely to get delayed further. Road widening to improve traffic along the stretch is also unlikely to be finished before March 2009.

While the South Central Railway is taking its own time to start the construction of the parallel bridge, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has the daunting task of acquiring 133 more private properties for road widening. Traffic police records say that 3.5 lakh vehicles pass through the Lakdikapul road every day, causing sundry traffic jams.

Widening the Lakdikapul road is necessary since it connects the proposed PV Narasimha Rao expressway that goes up to International Airport at Shamshabad. The existing bridge was constructed by railways some five decades ago and the carriageway is less than 30 feet. The new bridge is proposed to be 120 metre long and 10.5 metre (50 feet wide) with three lanes. This will ease traffic congestion on this stretch. Though the SCR and the GHMC have completed the joint survey, railway engineers have suggested certain changes in the design of the bridge...
 

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...ng_costs_aggressively/articleshow/3395286.cms

MUMBAI: Caught in an atmosphere of uncertain growth and rising costs of essential services, India’s largest private sector bank is cutting costs aggressively. ICICI Bank is shifting thousands of jobs from Mumbai to Hyderabad. The bank is also cutting down on banking hours in several branches and curbing staff reimbursements such as phone and conveyance bills.

Confirming the move to shift call centre operations to Hyderabad, ICICI group head of human resources K Ramkumar told ET, “As we grow, we will eliminate inefficiencies. Logically, it is a better idea for us to move to Hyderabad from where we can handle our back office and technology functions more cost-effectively.”

Currently, ICICI Bank’s two call centres in the Andheri and Thane belt in Maharashtra employ between 1,800 and 2,000 people. The call centre at Hyderabad already has 2,500 executives. “We will consolidate operations not only those in Mumbai, but also Chennai, Bangalore, among others, and take them to Gachibowli financial district in Hyderabad. In two or three years time, the Hyderabad centre will grow much larger and employ more people,” Mr Ramkumar said. He added that a small part of the back-office work would continue to be handled in Mumbai.

good news for hyderabad,as expected though not sure how their project is coming through at gachibowli
 

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Hyderabad turns metro tomorrow

http://www.siasat.com/english/index...k=view&id=294462&Itemid=79&cattitle=Hyderabad

Hyderabad, August 23: Come Sunday, and the city will acquire a metropolitan avatar. the nomenclature will be reflected in its development authority, with HUDA becoming HMDA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority).

Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy will formally announce the HMDA on August 24 when he lays the foundation for the its complex near the NAC Building at Hitex Grounds in Madhapur. A GO replacing HUDA with HMDA will be issued on the day.

Last year, the State Government had issued orders expanding the jurisdiction of HUDA as the first step towards the constitution of the HMDA.

The decision had been taken in view of the emergence of Hyderabad as one of the most important cities in the country in terms of technological development and investment flows, and its consequent physical growth which had seen it go beyond the jurisdiction of the urban development authority.

Hyderabad, extending over 6,850 sq km, will now be on a par with major metros in the country: Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority has an area of 8000 sq km, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (4272 sq km) and Delhi Region Development Authority (30,000 sq km).

Speaking to ENS, officials described the expanded jurisdiction as facilitating planned development.

The Chief Minister will be the chairman of the HMDA. The authority will have 23 members and a three-tier structure similar to other metro authorities. A commissioner for administration will head the HMDA whose main functions will be planning, urban forestry, lakes and environment planning, engineering, finance, traffic and transportation, infrastructure and administration.

HUDA officials said the benefits of enlarging the jurisdiction of HUDA include master plan with road network and land use for the expanded areas. The HMDA jurisdiction covers 54 mandals and Secunderabad cantonment with a total area of 6852 square kilometres in five districts.

They are: Hyderabad district (all 16 mandals), Medak district (10 mandals — Toopran, Wargal, Shivampet, Jinnaram, Narsapur, Ramachandrapuram, Patancheruvu, Mulugu, part of Hatnur and Sangareddy); part of Rangareddy district (22 mandals - Shankarpalli, Serilingampally, Balanagar, Qutubullapur, Medchal, Shameerpet, Malkajgiri, Keesara, Ghatkesar, Uppal, Hayathnagar, Saroornagar, Rajendranagar, Moinabad, Chevella, Shabad, Shamshabad, Maheswaram, Ibrahimpatnam, Kandukur, part of Yacharm and Manchal); part of Mahaboobnagar district (2 mandals- Kothur and part of Farooknagar) and part of Nalgonda district (4 Mandals-Chotuppal, Bibinagar, Bhongir and Bommalaramaram).
 

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Chief Minister lays foundation for HMDA

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HYDERABAD: The burgeoning city with stretching boundaries and influx of people from different parts necessitated a body such as Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) for better planning and management, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said here on Sunday.

Formally launching the HMDA and laying the foundation for its central office complex at Hitex, Madhapur, Dr.Reddy described it as a historic occasion and said the city and its suburbs had grown rather dramatically in recent times that the HMDA with wider jurisdiction replaces the earlier body, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Lofty aim

The new authority, with a jurisdiction covering around 7,000 sq. km and a population of 76 lakh people, and in terms of the spread double the size of States like Goa, would shape the emergence of the city as one with world standards.

It would meet the challenges emerging from the growing city and increasing population with a stress on amenities and infrastructure. The city had witnessed a sharp rise in population and the same demanded focus on drinking water supply, sewerage, garbage disposal and rail and road connectivity, he said.

In view of the need for regulated growth, HMDA has the main responsibility to come up with good plans and implement them apart from taking up mega projects, Dr Reddy said. “The next 20 to 30 years might see the population doubling and we need to provide necessary infrastructure for this,” he said.

Water supply a priority

Dr. Reddy said uninterrupted drinking water supply was a priority and the government has not only completed the second phase of Krishna but also initiated steps for 120 MGD supply from Godavari which was in tendering stage. Land values not only in Hyderabad but also surrounding districts such as Rangareddy, Mahbubnagar, Warangal, Medak and Nalgonda had gone up and as the city grew, showing signs of registering a growth, he pointed out.
 

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Hyderabad is now 2nd largest metro

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Hyderabad, Aug. 24: Hyderabad on Sunday became the second largest city in India — in terms of geographical spread — and thus joined the elite league of metropolitan cities. With Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) replacing the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda), the state capital, which earlier enjoyed A1 status with a population of 75 lakhs spread across 725 sq. km of area, has now 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).

With a spread of 7,000 sq. km, Hyderabad is second only to Bengaluru, which is the largest metropolitan in India with an area of 8,000 sq. km. Apart from the 16 mandals of Hyderabad and 22 mandals of Ranga Reddy, 10 of the Medak district, four of Nalgonda and two mandals of the Mahbubnagar district have now come within the HMDA’s purview. The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy set the foundation stone for the HMDA central office near Hitex in Hyderabad on Sunday. While addressing the gathering, Dr Rajasekhar Reddy assured the residents of the twin cities that within the next four to five months, they will receive 24-hour piped water supply.

Dr Reddy said that the formation of the HMDA — by merging adjacent municipalities and villages with Hyderabad — has paved the way for the state capital’s development as a model metropolis. Several ministers and legislators also participated in the ceremony. The Huda vice-chairman, Mr K.S. Jawahar Reddy, has been appointed as HMDA metro commissioner.
 

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FM blocks Godavari lifeline to Hyderabad

Hyderabad, August 24: The proposed Godavari Drinking Water Supply project to Greater Hyderabad and its surrounding areas is caught in the bureaucratic web at the State Secretariat.

Financial bids, which were to be opened early this month, have been put on hold with the Finance Department reportedly rejecting administrative sanction granted by the Government.

A few days ago, the Chief Minister had directed that administrative sanction be granted for the project and the same was forwarded to the Finance Department for release of funds. The Finance Department, however, shot down the proposal and sent it back pointing out that the State Government had made no budgetary allocation for the Godavari project.

Now the ball is in the Chief Minister’s court to decide how to allocate funds for the project. The Water Board opened technical bids last month in which three companies were selected and qualified for financial bids. Under Phase I, HMWS&SB proposed to tap 120 million gallons of Godavari waters per day. The project has, in fact, been advanced by two years from 2011- 12 to 2009-10 in view of the increasing demand.

Besides, the five reservoirs –– Singur, Manjira, Krishna, Osmansagar and Himayatsagar –– which are a major source of drinking water to Hyderabad are fast drying up.

The Water and Power Consultancy Services Ltd (WAPCOS), a Government ofIndia undertaking which was entrusted with the feasibility study of diversion of Godavari waters to Greater Hyderabad, has put population projections for GHMC and surrounding areas, including the Cantonment area, at 1.71 crore by 2031 and 2.40 crore by 2051.

The State Government has accordingly proposed to draw 31 TMC of Govadari water from Yellampally and Pranahita to Hyderabad in a phased manner.
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Hyderabad, Aug. 24: Hyderabad on Sunday became the second largest city in India — in terms of geographical spread — and thus joined the elite league of metropolitan cities. With Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) replacing the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda), the state capital, which earlier enjoyed A1 status with a population of 75 lakhs spread across 725 sq. km of area, has now 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).

With a spread of 7,000 sq. km, Hyderabad is second only to Bengaluru, which is the largest metropolitan in India with an area of 8,000 sq. km. Apart from the 16 mandals of Hyderabad and 22 mandals of Ranga Reddy, 10 of the Medak district, four of Nalgonda and two mandals of the Mahbubnagar district have now come within the HMDA’s purview. The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy set the foundation stone for the HMDA central office near Hitex in Hyderabad on Sunday. While addressing the gathering, Dr Rajasekhar Reddy assured the residents of the twin cities that within the next four to five months, they will receive 24-hour piped water supply.

Dr Reddy said that the formation of the HMDA — by merging adjacent municipalities and villages with Hyderabad — has paved the way for the state capital’s development as a model metropolis. Several ministers and legislators also participated in the ceremony. The Huda vice-chairman, Mr K.S. Jawahar Reddy, has been appointed as HMDA metro commissioner.
I'm confused here - from 725 sq. Km the area went up to 7000 sq. Km i.e. almost 10 times with the change of the name of an authority.

B'lore is said to have the largest area in India with 8000 sq. Km which implies that it is larger than cities like New York and Chicago which have around 7900 sq. Km of land area.

Can someone verify this and if it's correct that means I have to totally re-learn my geography :bash: , otherwise it's another feather in the cap of trash journalism by Deccan Chronicle.
 

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I'm confused here - from 725 sq. Km the area went up to 7000 sq. Km i.e. almost 10 times with the change of the name of an authority.

B'lore is said to have the largest area in India with 8000 sq. Km which implies that it is larger than cities like New York and Chicago which have around 7900 sq. Km of land area.

Can someone verify this and if it's correct that means I have to totally re-learn my geography :bash: , otherwise it's another feather in the cap of trash journalism by Deccan Chronicle.
New york is 17,500 sq.km and Chicago is 28,000 sq.km

You are confusing *metropolitan area* with the actual *city*:)

For example, the area of the Mumbai *city* is 603 sq.km,Hyd *city* is 625,Blr 741, new york 1214, and chicago 606
 

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I still don't get it, how can Hyd be "second" largest metropolitan area ?
Delhi - 33,578 sq. km
Bangalore - 8000 sq. km
Hyderabad - 7000 sq. km

All these news reports from below claims hyd to be second largest after Delhi.
http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/45784
http://www.mynews.in/fullstory.aspx?storyid=9212
http://www.freshnews.in/greater-hyderabad-is-indias-second-largest-metropolitan-area-58508

DC claims it to be second largest after Bangalore.

Fact is, Hyd is the thrid largest after Delhi and Bangalore.
Just an another classic from the crappy journalism.
 

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I still don't get it, how can Hyd be "second" largest metropolitan area ?

DC claims it to be second largest after Bangalore.

Fact is, Hyd is the thrid largest after Delhi and Bangalore.
Just an another classic from the crappy journalism.
yaah! I was always skeptic about DC. It's indeed a bunch of crap from it.
 
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