Union minister G Kishan Reddy finds fault with Telangana government for leasing ORR to private company

He alleged that the BRS was handing over the ORR lease to their favourite people, thereby reducing the government's revenue.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 08, 2023 | 7:42 AMUpdatedMay 08, 2023 | 7:42 AM

Hyderabad Nehru Outer Ring Road.

Union Tourism and North Eastern Region Development Minister G Kishan Reddy on Sunday, 7 May, found fault with the BRS government in Telangana for leasing the Nehru Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad to a private company for 30 years and causing loss to the state exchequer.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP state office in Nampally in Hyderabad, he sought to know the reasons behind leasing ORR to a private company.

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‘Handing over to favourite people’

He alleged that the BRS was handing over the ORR lease to their favourite people thereby, reducing the government’s revenue.

Reddy explained the HMDA would get ₹75,000 crore of income in 30 years through toll.

But Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had already decided which company should get the tender before the leasing ORR.

He criticised Chandrashekar Rao for committing a new scam in the name of the ORR lease.

He asked why BRS leaders, who say they are against privatisation, leased the ORR to a private company and added that the statement of BRS leaders that the lease process was done as per NHAI norms was untrue.

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‘Government ignored rules’

According to rules, the lease limit could be reduced depending on the increasing population and the number of vehicles, but the government ignored it, he said.

Reddy said a detailed probe would be ordered into the ORR issue if the BJP was voted to power in the next Assembly elections in the State. “The ORR will constantly generate revenue for the exchequer but the Chief Minister was handing it over to the private players for his interests,” he said.

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Referring to violence in Manipur, Reddy said the problem could be resolved only through discussions and one cannot achieve anything through violence. The Central government has spent over Rs.5,500 crore for the development of Manipur.

The youth in Manipur must shun violence and help the Central government in continuing the development of Manipur on all fronts, he said.