KTR reaches out to industrialists

Says industrial clusters along ORR, expansion of Metro Rail among others proposed; focus on power problem on agenda

Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA K.T. Rama Rao who is tipped to be the Industries Minister of Telangana said that his party is focusing on creation of industrial clusters outside the Outer Ring Road (ORR) to give fillip to industrialisation in Hyderabad.

The matter was discussed at the recent legislature party meeting of TRS wherein K. Chandrasekhar Rao was elected as the legislature party leader, Mr. Rama Rao said while addressing industrialists of the city on Tuesday.

He said KCR has laid emphasis to design a master plan for development of Hyderabad by constructing radial roads for ORR which could also be used for the industrial clusters. The expansion of Metro Rail project from the targeted 72 km to 250 km was also discussed in view of development of Hyderabad as the information technology investment region, he said.

Mr. Rao assured that the TRS government would take all steps to make Hyderabad a vibrant city and growth engine for Telangana. He said power shortage is a major challenge in the next three years. The State would be power-deficit though its share in generation as part of bifurcation was fixed at 54 per cent, he noted.

Admitting that real estate sector was stagnant now in Telangana, he expected it to make gains in the next few months.

Earlier, industrialists lamented that power problems killed industry around Hyderabad. An iron foundry owner Suresh Kumar Singhal said one-third of steel industry was closed and the rest were running on ‘oxygen.’ Only 40 per cent of the demand for power was met which increased cost overheads, he elaborated. Industrialist Bishamber Dayal said intervention of local leaders in the running of industry is unacceptable.

Answering questions, Mr. Rama Rao said the party would consider withdrawal of fuel surcharge adjustment on power tariff after ensuring that the government is revenue-surplus.

Hyderabad’s Brand Image will Be Protected: KTR

TRS leader and legislator K Taraka Rama Rao has assured industrialists that his party’s government will create a conducive atmosphere for rapid industrial development in the new state.

Participating as chief guest in Telangana’s First Industrial Meeting -2014, here on Tuesday, KTR, as he is popularly called, said the TRS had a clear blueprint for industrial development of Telangana and for making it a vibrant and progressive state. ‘’It is a challenge, but we are more than ready to face it and emerge triumphant. We will take you all (industrialists) along with us in the development process and ours will be an inclusive government that wants to ensure benefit for all,’’ he said.

Admiting that Telangana would be a power-deficit state, KTR said the government would overcome it in three years’ time. ‘’Experts like Narasinga Rao, who headed Coal India and is well aware of the problems and resources of Telangana being the son of the soil, have been roped in to be part of the state administration,” he said.

He asked the industrialists not to get carried away by the false propaganda of some leaders with vested interests and said Hyderabad had the most advanced infrastructure. Pooh-poohing the claims of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu that it was he who had developed Hyderabad, the TRS leader said development of Hyderabad had not happened overnight but was a gradual phenomenon for over 426 years.

Stating that no one could stop the growth of Hyderabad, KTR said there was no need for anyone to have any apprehensions. “Hyderabad, by its very nature, is a cosmopolitan city. It does not belong to any one region, religion, sect or caste. It can be best described a mini- India,” he said and assured that there would not be any distrubance of any kind in Hyderabad or elsewhere in Telangana. The TRS government would act tough on trouble-makers, he said.

Giving a glimpse of TRS government’s plans for the development of Telangana state, KTR said that over a period of time Hyderabad had evolved as a major hub of development in every sector, be it IT or pharmaceuticals. It has a strong knowledge base, well-built infrastructure including the Outer Ring Road and others. ‘’What we are contemplating is the city’s further expansion. Our leader KCR has conceived plans for developing a Regional Ring Road on the other side of the ORR and connect the two with radial road network. In between the two, several clusters of industries will be developed along with satellite townships,’’ he said.

Stating that ITIR will be a big boost to the development of Hyderabad and Telangana, he said ITIR would bring in Rs 2.18 lakh crore investments and create direct and indirect employment to about 50 lakh people in the next 20 years. ‘’Hyderabad’s population will be tripled and we plan infrastructure for that. We will also plan metro train services to cover 200 to 250 km in the next five years,’’ he said.

Several industrialists including Y Ravi Prasad, T Sridhar, Ravindarji Agarwal and others explained the problems being faced by their respective sectors and made some suggestions for addressing them.

KCR to be Sworn in CM at 8.15am on June 2 TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao will be sworn it as the first chief minister of Telangana at 8:15 am on June 2, the day the present state will be divided and Telangana state will come into being.

Courtesy: The Hindu