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MIM demands more funds for city development

Hyderabad, March 16 (INN): MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday demanded that the Telangana Government allocate more funds for the development of Hyderabad.

Speaking on the State Budget for 2015-16 in the Legislative Assembly, Akbaruddin Owaisi said that the government should allocate adequate funds for various developmental projects in the city. He said that the State Government was yet to convene the meeting with city legislators to discuss the contingency plan for summer. He demanded Rs 300 crore to meet the contingencies during summer in the city.

The MIM leader also demanded a high level enquiry into the Godavari River Water Project. He said pipelines worth nearly Rs 2,000 crore have been although the project was yet to get clearances from the Union Ministry for Environment. Alleging several irregularities in the execution of the project, he demanded a detailed probe into the matter.

Akbaruddin Owaisi demanded that nearly 2300 lakes in the city should be resorted under the Mission Kakatiya. He reminded that Hyderabad was once known as the city of lakes. However, continuous neglect has led to the extinction of several lakes in the city. He condemned the non-utilisation of funds meant for upgradation of Osmania General Hospital. He also pointed out that Osmania University, which is organising centenary celebrations, was yet to get a Vice-Chancellor.

The MIM leader also demanded establishment of Women’s Empowerment Centre, especially for Muslim women. He said poor Muslim families should be given at least one acre of land each on the lines of Dalits, who are being given three acres of land.

Akbaruddin Owaisi strongly criticised the GHMC for forcible collection of Property Tax dues. Instead of concentrating on development, the GHMC officials have been acting like recovery agents. He alleged that the GHMC has been targeting middle-class citizens while ignoring the violations by several Star Hotels. He also opposed the proposal to shift High Court from the Old City.