KTR threatens to stop power and water supply to defense areas if LMA continues to inconvenience people

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In a clear and loud message to Central Government, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao warned that power and water supply would be cut to defense areas in Cantonment limits in the city, if the Local Military Authority (LMA) continued to cause inconvenience to residents by blocking roads and opposing development works.

Announcing this during question hour in the Assembly here on Saturday, the Minister said instructions would be issued to Special Chief Secretary to hold a meeting and take up such issues with LMA and initiate stringent measures if they do not mend their ways.

Residents were being subjected to a lot of inconvenience by LMA due to the blocking of roads in Secunderabad Cantonment limits. In addition to these problems, check dams were constructed obstructing flow of water in the nalas.

He said that the defense authorities had constructed a check dam in Langar Houz, where the Balkapur nala flows into the Hussainsagar, and this structure was posing a threat to Shahtham Tank.

As a means to ensure free flow of water from Shahtham tank near Golconda Fort downstream, a few works were planned but the Archeological Survey of India denied permissions, citing different reasons, he explained.

The Minister reminded that even after 18 months not a single paisa was released as compensation after the floods in October 2020 in the city. A team of Central Government officials and elected public representatives had visited the city and inspected different areas, which were affected due to floods but there was no announcement yet, he said.

The Centre does not give any financial assistance and in addition, hurdles were created in the execution of different development works. Telangana was being discriminated against and treated as if it was not part of India, he said.

Considering all these issues and the problems faced by residents due to the LMA actions, the State Government would be forced to take action accordingly, he said, adding “Power and water supply would be cut to defense areas in Cantonment limits in the city,”

When TRS MLA K Venkatesh asked about the Centre’s contribution to the Strategic Nala Development Programme being taken up in the city, the Minister replied that there was zero contribution.

When financial assistance was sought from the Central Government for the execution of SNDP phase II works, the State Government was asked to include the works under Amrut phase II works, the Minister said.

Amrut funds were allocated to cities, which have one lakh population but Hyderabad has a population of over one crore. Further, the funds allocated would under this program not be sufficient to execute the proposed works, he pointed out.

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