Hyderabad: The Telangana state Election Commission announced the date for GHMC elections on 17 November, two months before the scheduled time which surprised the Opposition parties in the state. In 2018, too, the state government had called for early elections giving other parties little time to prepare.
Soon after the ruling TRS lost the Dubbaka by-poll held on 10 November, the state municipal administration and urban development minister (MAUD), K.T Rama Rao, has been on an inauguration spree. The minister along with GHMC Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan has laid the foundation stone for several projects in the city in anticipation of the upcoming municipal elections.
Both the MAUD minister and the Mayor announced, inaugurated, and laid the foundation stones of 16 projects in six days. Though it is unsure whether the TRS will highlight these projects during the election campaign, the inauguration spree had caused quite a buzz in the city and on social media.
Here is the list of projects inaugurated and launched by KTR and the Mayor in the city after 10 November:
11 November: MAUD minister KTR along with state education minister Sabitha Reddy inaugurated the Public Safety Integrated Operations Centre and Data Centre at Cyberabad commissioner office in Gachibowli.
12 November: KTR along with Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan inaugurated a Basthi Dawakhana at Syednagar, Masabtank.
12 November: Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan held a review meeting in Cherlapally division with Bethi Subhas Reddy, MLA from Uppal, zonal commissioner, LB Nagar, GHMC, and other officials. The colony association representatives were also present.
12 November: The Mayor along with the MAUD minister and Home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and minister of animal husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav attended the inauguration of 55 municipal solid waste compactor vehicles in the city. Also, the Mayor was present with dignitaries for the inauguration of a collection of waste and transfer station in Sanjeevaiah Park.
13 November: Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan inaugurated five AC bus shelters at Dilshukhnagar. He also announced that a total of 292 AC bus shelters will be inaugurated in the city.
13 November: MAUD minister KTR visited Sanath Nagar.
13 November: The Mayor laid the foundation stone for underground drainage works along with MLA Bethi Subhas Reddy and corporator Bethi Swapna Reddy in Ravindra Nagar and Green Hills Colony of Habsiguda.
13 November: The Mayor inaugurated two mini function halls and laid the foundation stone for box drains for concrete cement (CC) roads at a cost of Rs. 8.5 crores at Banda Bavi Housing Board Colony of Meerpet division. He was accompanied by minister Chamakura Malla Reddy and MLA Bethi Subhas Reddy.
13 November: The Mayor laid the foundation stone for BT road works worth Rs. 1.5 crores at colonies in Mallapur division.
13 November: The Mayor laid the foundation stones for CC roads, community halls, underground drainages, and model schools worth Rs. 19 crores in various colonies of Cherlapally division.
14 November: The Mayor along with minister Chamakura Malla Reddy and MLA Bethi Subhas Reddy inaugurated an AC bus shelter at the HMDA building in Tarnaka.
14 November: The Mayor laid the foundation stone for beautification work at Nacharam Cheruvu and Mallapur Cheruvu.
14 November: The Mayor laid the foundation stone for a compound wall around Jammigadda graveyard.
15 November: KTR and Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan inaugurated Panchatattava theme park in Indira Park.
16 November: The MAUD minister and the Mayor launched TSbPASS.
17 November: Minister K.T Rama Rao along with Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan visited the Police Twin Towers which is going to be inaugurated.
Also, on the occasion of Diwali, the Telangana government announced 50 per cent slash in municipal tax to woo the GHMC voters.
Will these projects prove effective for the TRS? Only the election results will tell.