TS giving priority to tier-ll cities: KTR

IT and Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao said that earlier only major cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and other metros were considered for development as IT hubs, but after TRS came to power, the State government was giving priority to tier-II cities and launched IT hubs to provide jobs to youth. The Minister was participating in a public meeting at Polytechnic Grounds here on Wednesday after laying the foundation stone for an IT hub and a T-Hub Incubation Centre at Dubba area of the integrated Collectorate.

The IT hub will come up at a cost of Rs 50 crore. The Minister also unveiled two pylons built at a cost of Rs 300 crore at Nizamabad Municipal Corporation for underground drainage works. He also inspected 400 double-bedroom works at Nagaram and laid the foundation stone for 1,000 more 2BHK houses. He later inaugurated the Nizamabad Urban MLA camp office at R&B guesthouse, planted saplings at Chandrashekhar Colony in a programme conducted by TNGOs.

The Minister said that during the Telangana movement, Telangana people raised the slogan of ‘Neelu, Nidhulu, Niyamakalu’ for water projects that would irrigate over one crore acres of land and provide safe drinking water through Mission Bhagiratha. “Earlier, Telangana faced problems due to Andhra rulers, but now it has its own government which has released funds of nearly Rs 450 crore to Nizamabad Municipal Corporation and has filled several posts in TSPSC, Singareni and other organisations as well as 5.25 lakhs jobs in the private sector,” he said.

Aim to double IT exports

KTR said that the Telangana government aims to double IT exports from Rs 56,000 crore to Rs 1.25 lakh crore and has earned a revenue of Rs 1 lakh crore within four years. The State government is encouraging local talent and establishing IT hubs in districts to encourage local talent like Raju Reddy and Phaneendra Sama who are now founders of Sierra Atlantic and Red Bus, respectively.

He informed that the State government is planning to set up an airport at Jakranpally in Nizamabad district and a sports complex and integrated bus terminal at a cost of Rs 25 crore, and provide employment by establishing food processing industries in Nizamabad district.

KTR condemned the opposition parties’ allegations and asked the TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy as to why his party was raking up baseless allegations over the waiving of farmers’ loans when the government had waived the loans.

Nizamabad MP K Kavitha said that the State government was implementing welfare and development schemes not to win the next elections but to win over the next generation by keeping in mind expansion of industries and establishment of IT hubs in the districts and launching of Rural Shores, a society of innovative application developers’ group on September 30 at Sudheer Reddy Engineering College. The MP urged Rao to sanction an airport and an integrated bus terminal for Nizamabad district. Kavitha threw a challenge to school and college students to plant saplings as part of the Haritha Haram programme in their schools, colleges and houses.

Funds for IT hub

Nizamabad (Urban) MLA Ganesh Bigala said that the government will allocate an additional Rs 15 crore for the IT hub to construct a four-lane road and provide additional facilities, release funds for an Outer Ring Road for Nizamabad town and complete road overbridge at Arasapally, sanction a women’s college and government engineering college for Nizamabad.

KTR participated in various development works along with Nizamabad MP K Kavitha and Nizamabad and Kamareddy district MLAs Bigala Ganesh Gupta, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, A Jeevan Reddy, Bajireddi Goverdhan, Md. Shakeel Amer, Hanumanth Shinde, MLCs V.G.Goud, Nizamabad Mayor Aakula Sujatha, ZP chairman D. Raju and other party leaders.