Foundation stone to be laid for IT Park at Kompally soon: Telangana IT minister – ET RealEstate

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HYDERABAD: Municipal and IT minister KT Rama Rao said that the state government would expand IT to Tier II cities. He said the foundation stone will be laid at the IT hub at Kompally in Medchal-Malkajgiri district soon apart from the inauguration of IT tower in Khammam on Monday.

The minister said there was an overwhelming response for the Growth in Dispersion (GRID), which was proposed to focusing on promoting dispersed growth across Greater Hyderabad especially at the places like Nacharam and Uppal industrial areas.

A day after GHMC elections results, KTR, who is also TRS working president, went back to routine after a gap of nearly a month and held a review meeting on IT and Ease of Doing Business with officials on Saturday.

KTR said the state government had already initiated measures for expansion of IT to towns like Warangal, Khammam and Mahbubnagar. “Two companies are evincing interest in setting their shops in Warangal in the second phase. The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) should make arrangements for providing infrastructure facilities at the IT tower in Warangal,” the minister said. He also instructed TSIIC managing director EV Narasimha Reddy to complete the land acquisition process for IT park at Kompally at the earliest where the revenue department had identified the land and arrangements are being made for laying the foundation stone.

Officials informed that many IT firms are coming forward to set up their offices at Divitipally in Mahbubnagar district. The minister also spoke to chief secretary Somesh Kumar and asked him to support the firms that have plans to set up IT firms under GRID policy.

KTR instructed Industries department commissioner Manicka Raj to make sure that Telangana gets the top position in EODB. “Due to some technical reasons, the state could not get good ranking in EODB, this time the Telangana should be on top rank. Coordinate with the various departments,” the minister said.

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Telangana unveils township policy to decongest Hyderabad – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: To decongest the city and promote planned development, the state government has decided to encourage integrated development of townships, abutting the Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR), with private and public initiatives.

After cabinet approval, the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department released ‘Telangana Comprehensive Integrated Township Policy Rules 2020’ on Tuesday.

The city’s development is concentrated only in certain pockets — mostly eastern and western parts — resulting in congestion and overburdened infrastructure. The policy promotes the idea of ‘walk to work’ in the forms of townships.

“The proposed township project has to be an integrated and mixed purpose with residential, commercial, educational (at least up to class 10), healthcare facilities, roads, internal public transport like electric vehicles, amenity spaces, greenery in the layout and public utilities,” Arvind Kumar, principal secretary, municipal administration department said in his orders.

Even in the new Municipalities Act, the government made provisions to develop self-contained townships. According to urban planners, the present density of population of the core city is around 11,000 people per square km, and it will reach 20,000 per sq km in the next few years, following Gurugram. This they say will lead to haphazard growth of the city.

Township policy and satellite townships have on the cards for the past one decade. In the 2013 master plan, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) had proposed to encourage satellite townships abutting the ORR. A township was proposed by Tellapur Techno-city project in 2007. The developers purchased 400 acres of land from the HMDA. But due to problems, it was reduced to 100 acres. Even that project got stuck due to various reasons.

The new policy aims to address all such issues. “The new townships can be developed not only abutting ORR, but also other municipal corporations like Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Ramagundam corporations,” a MA&UD official said. CM K Chandrasekhar Rao asked the water board to plan a water supply network along ORR.

“Integrated townships should be planned in four directions of the city to meet the requirements of 10 lakh population each in the next few years. While Medchal-Shamirpet township on Northern part of the city, Shadnagar on Southern part, Pocharam on Eastern part, Sangareddy on West,” GV Rao, president of Telangana Developers Association said.

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Warangal: 200 acres of land to be acquired for Mamnoor airport – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Land to an extent of at least 200 acres will have to be acquired from farmers in Nakkalapalli and Gadepalle villages in Warangal urban district for the proposed revival of Mamnoor airport.

The Airports Authority of India has indicated to the state government that 1,140 acres of land is needed for the airport at the existing premises. While it has 700 acres of land, an additional 250 acres of land will be needed. AAI is getting soil testing done at the two identified villages to see if that land will be suitable.

On Monday, AAI officials, Panchayati raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, government chief whip Vinay Bhaskar, MLAs Aroori Ramesh and Challa Dharma Reddy visited the Mamnoor airport site. Recently IT and municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao met union civil aviation minister Harpeet Singh to take up the six proposed airports in Telangana and particularly the Mamnoor airport which already has an air strip. Following the meeting, a team came to Mamnoor on August 29.

As there is a prospect that the land in the villages of Nakkalapalli and Gadepalle will have to be acquired, Dayakar Rao said 200 acres would be acquired and farmers will be compensated. “The farmers will be given land at an alternative place or will be compensated financially,” the minister said. An R&B road will also be affected because of the acquisition and this would be about 50 acre of land. “Whatever land is needed by the AAI for the airport, it will be given by the state government,” he said.

The Mamnoor airport has a history as it was constructed in the year 1930 itself to serve the needs of Sirpur Kagazhnagar paper mill. The airport was in use till 1980 with prime ministers and VVIPs landing there. The minister pointed out that during the Indo-China war, as the Delhi airport was seen as a target that could be attacked, the IAF used the Mamnoor airport.

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