The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Wednesday approved a budget of Rs 170.72 crore for a major initiative aimed at improving road conditions on the outskirts of the State capital.

GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar, who held a meeting with Additional and Zonal Commissioners here, said the amount would be used to develop a CC road network of 291.28 km. He told the officials that 580 gravel roads on the outskirts would be developed as CC roads.
CC roads would be laid only in areas, which have underground drainage and drinking water supply provision. Lokesh Kumar directed the officials to complete the works at the earliest.

At the meeting, Lokesh Kumar held discussions with senior officials on Illiterate Survey, Beggars Survey-Rehabilitation, Basthi Dawakhanas, modern toilets, protection and beautification of lakes, new roads in peripheral areas, sanitation and desilting of nalas.

He asked the officials to observe the activities of beggars at important junctions, religious places and on important roads for four to five days and make arrangements to shift them to the night shelters. They were asked to convene meetings with the committees of NGOs, agencies and take their help.

The Commissioner directed officials to provide food, shelter, newspapers and television to the beggars at night shelters. The task of rehabilitation of beggars would be given to the old age homes and orphan homes based on their performance.

The GHMC as per government instructions is setting up 300 Basthi Dawakahanas. At present 122 were functioning and another 40 were ready. Also, it has been proposed to set up 3,000 modern toilets in the city, 500 in each zone, and 1,661 locations were already identified.

The Commissioner said the civic body had identified 185 lakes and steps were being taken to protect them with fencing and bringing back into its full capacity utilisation apart from providing lighting, watch tower, security and surveillance cameras.

EVDM Director Viswajeet Kampati, Additional Commissioners J Shankaraiah, Jayaraj Kennedy, B Santosh and Priyanka Ala, Zonal Commissioners Pravinya, V Mamatha, N Ravikiran, B Srinivas Reddy, Updender Reddy, Ashok Samrat and chief engineer Ziauddin attended the meeting.

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