Greater Hyderabad, which has become the second largest metropolitan area in India, will be developed as a world-class city and a model metropolis in the country

said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Sunday.He asked officials of the newly constituted Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) toensure a scientific and regulated development in the metropolitan region.Last year 12 municipalities and several villages of the five surrounding districts were merged with Hyderabad to make it Greater Hyderabad. HMDA was formally constituted Saturday replacing Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA).The chief minister Sunday launched HMDA and laid foundation stone for the central office of the new body, which will have jurisdiction over an area of 6,856 square km, making it the second largest metropolitan area in the country after Delhi.The jurisdiction of the earlier body was 2,000 square km.

The population coverage has alsoincreased from 6.5 million to 7.8 million.The government issued orders posting Indian Administrative Service officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy as the metropolitan commissioner.The jurisdiction of HMDA covers 54 ‘mandals' (administrative blocks) in the five districts. It includes 16 ‘mandals' of Hyderabad, 10 of Medak, 22 of Rangareddy, two of Mahbubnagar and four of Nalgonda districts. As many as 849 villages of four districts were merged with Hyderabad.As the city is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to the IT boom of last one decade and consequent economic activity, the government felt the need to merge the surrounding municipalities with the capital region to ensure planned development and provide better infrastructure.

The new international airport at Shamshabad, about 30 km from the city, the ongoing world-class 160-km Outer Ring Road (ORR) project, mega townships along the ORR, over 30 IT Special Economic Zones (SEZs), major real estate projects, new campuses of IT and biotechnology majors, metro rail and other infrastructure projects areexpected to give further impetus to the growth.The chief minister asked officials to ensure that there was no deviation from the approved plans for any construction activity. He assured that the government would take all steps to provide better road connectivity, 24-hours water and electricity supply and other infrastructure to all the areas fallingunder metropolitan region.The missions of HMDA include promoting active participation of citizens in the process of planning and implementation of development plans, improve quality of life through planned growth and development and contribute to the creation of a cleaner and greener city.

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