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Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao has said that Hyderabad was all set to emerge as a mega city by 2030.

According to a few institutions, Hyderabad was witnessing faster development than all the other cities in the country. Presently, Hyderabad was ranked the 5th biggest city and in the next few years, it would be the third biggest city, the Minister said.

He was speaking after declaring open the 940-metre-long Kamineni LHS flyover constructed at a cost of Rs.49 crore. He said this was the first flyover and the fourth structure to be completed under the Strategic Road Development Programme.

Among the SRDP works worth Rs.23000 crore, works worth Rs.9000 crore were already progressing.

Parallel to the LHS flyover at Kamineni junction, another 940 metre-long structure would be coming up in six months, he said.

The Minister however said irrespective of flyovers and underpasses constructed in the city, the traffic scenario would not improve unless people preferred public transportation facilities.

The city has got a population of one crore and there were nearly 50 lakh vehicles. Only 33 percent people in Hyderabad use public transportation facilities while the rest prefer private transportation, he said.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has issued instructions to develop public transportation facilities in the city.

Accordingly, the government has already sanctioned the requisite funds for extending the MMTS phase II till Yadadri. This apart, the Hyderabad Metro Rail’s Ameerpet- LB Nagar route was to be launched on August 15 but due to delay by Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety in issuing clearances, services could not be launched as planned. They will be now launched in the first week of September, the Minister announced.

All efforts were being made to connect the LB Nagar – Nagole Metro line and to extend it to till Shamshabad via Falaknuma in Phase II, he added.

LB Nagar MLA R Krishnaiah, Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy and others spoke on the occasion.
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