Hyderabad: From road construction to commissioning Durgam Cheruvu Cable Bridge and from the construction of theme parks to setting up Debris Waste Recycling Plant, GHMC has made the best of 2020 despite pandemic and lockdown.
GHMC set up Baldia Asset Protection Cell, commissioned modern vehicles for transporting municipal waste, and conducting elections. According to GHMC officials, 2020 can go in the annals of history as a golden year.
GHMC sanitation workers, who are the front line workers, took special measures in keeping the city clean and prevent Covid-19. GHMC provided sanitizers, masks, gloves, and other equipment to the workers. It also provided free meals to 50,000 people of daily wage workers, workers in small establishments that were closed due to lockdown. It set up 19 shelter camps for homeless people. Free medical checkups and meals were provided to the inmates.
Elections to 150 wards were successfully conducted at short notice. The election, which was held by ballot box after a long time, was successfully conducted by almost 36,000 staff directly and indirectly.
Strategic Road Development Program
As part of the first phase of the Strategic Road Development Programme, 26 major roads have been widened and multilevel flyovers and major junctions have been developed on the respective routes to pave the way for signal-free traffic.
Seven skyways, 11 major corridors, 68 major roads and 54-grade separators were undertaken. Of these, the construction of 9 flyovers, four underpasses, three Road over Bridge / Road under Bridge, and one cable bridge was completed at a cost of Rs. 1010.77 crore. Another 20 development works are in progress at a cost of Rs 4741.97 crore.
Construction of Link Roads
In order to reduce the traffic load on main roads, GHMC undertook laying of Missing Link Roads for improving connectivity to major roads as part of infrastructure development. As part of the first phase, 37 missing roads were identified, land acquisition and asset acquisition were completed and construction of these roads was undertaken.
MJ market restoration work at a cost of Rs 12 crore was completed. GHMC restored staircase, fixtures, domes, ducting, ceiling, electrical wiring, lighting, and flooring in MJ Market.
Innovative programs in the veterinary sector
The GHMC has built the first dog park in the country at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore. Spread over 1.30 acres of land, at Serilingampally, the park is ideal for senior citizens to exercise their pet dogs in public places without resorting to road accidents. GHMC operates 5 specialized animal care centers in Hyderabad as part of its Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Program to control street dog births and prevent rabies.
Cable Bridge over Durgam Cheruvu
The world's longest span, concrete extra dosed cable bridge built over Durgam Pond. As part of SRDP, the cable bridge has been constructed by GHMC at a cost of Rs 184 crore. With a length of 735.639 meters, the bridge provides easy transportation from the Hi-Tech City to the Financial District as well as other parts of the city. Traffic was significantly reduced especially on Madhapur Road, Jubilee Hills, and Road No.36.
Multipurpose function halls
In order to facilitate lower and middle-class people to solemnize marriages, functions, etc, and constructions of 14 multipurpose halls were undertaken in GHMC with a cost of Rs. 34 crore. Of these, 5 multi-function halls completed at a cost of Rs 14.30 core. Multipurpose function halls were completed at Bansilalpet, Chaitanya Nagar - Patancheru, Nehru Nagar, Marredpally, Sitaphal Mandi and in L.B.Nagar.
So far, 25 model graveyards have been developed at an estimated cost of Rs 42.66 Crore. These were constructed on the lines of Mahaprasthanam with Phoenix Foundation.
The crematorium has end-to-end facilities and amenities under one roof: Regular and Electric Pyre, Pujari, Ceremonial Yard, Flowers, Rest Rooms and WashRooms, Water, Ashes Storage Lockers, Cold rooms, Car Park, Security, Wi-Fi enabled Viewing, Vehicle Transportation, etc.