Hyderabad: The latest remarks of Telangana MA&UD Minister and TRS working president KT Rama Rao has spurred a fresh round of debate over the protection of lakes and development of real estate sector. KTR on Sunday tweeted that the state should look into the GO:111 while ensuring the total preservation of both Himayatsagar and Osmansagar in Hyderabad.

The latest tweet has triggered reactions from progressive thinkers, real estate developers and the general public. Some favoured GO:111, while others turned against it expressing concerns over the damage of eco-balance and environment pollution.

However, in his tweet, KTR didn’t mention any suggestion for the TRS government to make necessary changes or revise the much-talked GO:111. The government order (GO) regulates construction of new ventures, commercial structures and establishment of industries in the catchment area of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar. The catchment area extends over 10-kilometre radius around the lakes.

“Will it needs to be thought out carefully. We have to make sure the two lakes– Osmansagar and Himayatsagar — are well maintained even if we make changes to the GO:111.”

KTR, who’s also the industry minister, said that the state government would inaugurate Pharma City in 2020.

Highlighting the water requirement for the expanding industry and drinking water need for a growing population in Telangana, particularly Hyderabad, KTR said Kaleshwaram project would be the source of water for the entire state. With a stable government in place, Telangana has been growing steadily and attracting business investments. He recalled the comments about lack of leadership if Telangana became a new state.

“We proved all those negative comments wrong. Telangana has been snowballing. Now we hear such comments from AP,” said KTR. “Hyderabad is among the few cities in the country where there’s no shortage of water. Kaleshwaram project will ensure sufficient drinking water to Hyderabad, where over one crore people live,” added KTR.

 

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