Furious Revanth pulls up officials for escalating Warangal super-specialty hospital cost without written order

Officials increased the cost by ₹625 crore reportedly based on an oral instruction by the previous BRS government.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 29, 2024 | 8:21 PM Updated Jun 29, 2024 | 8:21 PM

Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy reviewing the progress of the super-specialty hospital in Warangal. (Screenshot)

Expressing anger over the escalated estimated cost for the construction of the Warangal Super Specialty Hospital, Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Saturday, 29 June, demanded an explanation for the additional expenditure.

Mincing no words, he asked officials the reason for escalating the cost to ₹1,726 crore from the initial ₹1,100 crore without the government’s written approval.

Revanth Reddy was chairing a review meeting on the status of the modernisation and upgradation of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital into a super specialty medical facility.

He questioned the officials for inflating the estimate by ₹625 crore reportedly based on the previous BRS government’s oral instruction.

The chief minister, on his maiden visit to the historic city after taking over the reins of the state, ordered a forensic audit of the construction cost. He expressed dismay over the officials’ ignorance which had led to the cost escalation without a written order.

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Development plan

Revanth Reddy shared with officials his plan to develop Warangal into a heritage city. He asked them to complete the land acquisition process for the Inner and Outer Ring Roads for the city and sought an estimate for acquiring land.

He also asked them to come up with a “Master Plan -2050” for the integrated development of the city. He expressed his wish to link the proposed Outer Ring Road with national highways and the National Textile Park.

The chief minister also wanted to develop an underground drainage system under the Smart City mission, besides augmenting the drinking water supply by laying pipelines in the unserved areas.

Given the onset of the southwest monsoon, he instructed officials to clear the drains of encroachments to prevent flooding and inundation of colonies. He wanted steps to prevent the city from becoming waterlogged as in the past.

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Performance-based promotions

Revanth Reddy asked the in-charge minister Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy to hold a review of the development of Warangal City every 20 days.

“The government is ready to extend help for the development of the city Find out permanent measures for problems like proper disposal of garbage in Warangal,” he told officials.

The chief minister asserted that the promotions of officials would be performance-based and that there would be no political considerations. He said it was necessary to uphold the trust the people had reposed in the government.

Revanth Reddy warned officials that he would review the status of the projects in Warangal in about 45 days, and they should be ready with all answers.

(Edited by Majnu Babu)

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