Hussainsagar set to regain past glory
Chief Minister launches lake and catchment area improvement project
The decades old aspiration of citizens for a clean Hussainsagar lake would soon be a reality and the water body would be restored of its past glory, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said here on Friday.
Launching the ‘Hussainsagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project’ at Sanjeevaiah Park, Dr. Reddy said though initiatives were taken up on the lake since 1993, they were smaller on scale and were hindered by budgetary constraints.
“We have overcome these constraints to take up the first comprehensive project costing around Rs.370 crore,” he said.
To underscore the status of the lake, he recalled the visit of the US President George Bush to the city.
“We were flying from Begumpet to Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University and seeing the lake, Mr. Bush enquired if it catered the city drinking water needs. I felt ashamed to tell him the truth,” he said.
By November 14, the core city would get a daily supply of drinking water for two hours and the entire Greater Hyderabad area would be covered in a year’s time. “In next three to four years we will ensure that all municipalities in the State get round-the-clock drinking water supplies,” Dr. Reddy promised.
On housing, he said those living in objectionable encroachments would be provided with pucca houses and then in the next phase initiatives would be drawn to provide homes to poor living in rented accommodation.
The city has lots of potential and investors were aware of the fact. Saying this, the Chief Minister cited the example of Metro Rail Project and said the contractor in return had offered to pay money to the government.
“It is a very good contract that has been taken up,” he said. The Hussainsagar lake project has been taken up with a loan component of Rs.310 crore and funded by JBIC under ODA loan assistance. The project period is 2006 to 2012 and aims at improving the natural and social environments in and around the lake and its catchment area.
Addition of new treatment plants, upgradation of existing sewerage treatment plant, diversion of excess sewage, and implementation of trunk sewer lines for collection of sewerage would be part of it.
YSR, Srinivas say APCC executive has Sonia’s nod
Both leaders go out of the way to clarify that there were no differences in naming the body
HYDERABAD: A day after the AP Congress Committee executive body was announced by the AICC, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and APCC president D. Srinivas maintained that the list had the blessings of the party president Sonia Gandhi.
In wake of reports that the APCC body clearly had the stamp of approval of the Chief Minister, the two leaders went out of the way to clarify that there was no difference of opinion in naming the body.
Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said, “the PCC list does not have my stamp. The party president taking into consideration the regional and social background had finalised the names after due consultations with party seniors.” There is no scope for influence of any particular leader in deciding the list, the Chief Minister said in a statement issued here on Friday.
He said never before did weaker sections get 61 per cent representation in the PCC. He expressed surprise at the media reports that gave an impression that he had influenced the list ignoring the suggestions of the APCC chief. “I don’t have any personal agenda nor do I have my own people. Everyone in the party is my man,” he observed.
The Chief Minister further stated that at every stage of preparing the list of probables, he had consulted the APCC president. Only after the exercise was completed the list was shown to the AICC president and the AICC general secretary M. Veerappa Moily for final clearance, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Mr. Srinivas at a press conference in New Delhi reiterated that the APCC body was out and out Sonia Gandhi’s list. “There is no scope for any doubt that one particular leader had managed to get his men into the body,” he said. He also denied charges that there was a rift between him and the Chief Minister over the list.
In a related development, former APCC joint secretary T. Niranjan protested inclusion of some new faces in the new body.