HYDERABAD: The Congress has disputed the claims made by the TRS working president and municipal minister KR Rama Rao that the state government has spent Rs 67,000 crore for development of Greater Hyderabad in the last six-and-a-half years.
Telangana Congress treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy termed the Hyderabad Development Report released by KTR as a bundle of lies. “KTR twisted and misrepresented the facts to paint a rosy picture about Hyderabad’s development. He selectively mentioned the amount which was spent on various projects after the formation of Telangana. He completely skipped the dates of launch of those projects and also the amount spent by the previous Congress government on the projects,” he said.
“The previous Congress governments constructed the new international airport, Outer Ring Road, PVNR Expressway, Metro Rail and took up several projects for beautification of Hyderabad. KTR skipped the dates of their inauguration and just mentioned the amount which was spent for their maintenance or expansion. He did not show minimum courtesy to mention that the projects, which brought global recognition to Hyderabad, were actually either started or completed by the previous Congress governments,” Gudur Narayana Reddy said.
It was the previous Congress government which transformed Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) into Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in 2007. Congress had a clear vision for the city’s development and created infrastructure that could match the requirement of a global metro city, he said.
Since Congress lost elections in 2014, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and KTR got the opportunity to inaugurate various projects which were originally conceptualised, grounded and were near to completion by previous Congress governments, he said.