Telangana CM says Pharma City and airport extension of Hyderabad Metro are on course

Revanth Reddy, in an informal interaction with reporters in the secretariat, said there was no proposal to scrap these two projects.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 02, 2024 | 7:30 AMUpdatedJan 02, 2024 | 7:30 AM

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy. (TelanganaCMO/X)

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Monday, 1 January, said that his government would streamline the projects of metro rail extension and Pharma City in the public interest.

The chief minister, in an informal interaction with media persons at his chambers in the secretariat, said there was no proposal at any stage to scrap the two projects.

This was in a clarification to the reports that he was going to wind up the two projects.

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On the two projects

The metro rail project, currently under consideration, is to extend it from the nodal Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

There is expected to be a metro rail link from Nagole via LB Nagar with the proposed project to the airport at Chandrayangutta.

The government was also considering extending the metro rail from Miyapur to Ramachandrapuram and Raheja Mindspace o Financial District, if necessary.

As for the proposed Pharma City, he said his government did not propose to scrap the project at any stage. On the contrary, it would be redesigned in the public interest, he said.

It would be spread in between the Outer Ring Road and the Regional Ring Road in phases with zero pollution.

The government also proposed to construct quarters for the workforce employed in these industries to do away with the need for them to commute to Hyderabad every day.

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Skill development

The chief minister also said that his government was considering setting up a university to develop the skills of the youths so that they would become more employable.

The courses that are offered in universities would be like degrees awarded by any other university, he said.

The skilling would be done by the industry in accordance with their needs, he said, pointing out that by the time they came out of the university, they would be able to land jobs at campus recruitment camps.

Also said nursing colleges would be located at 100-bed hospitals, and that his government was considering giving orientation to those who leave for other countries either for jobs or for education.

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On nominated posts

Revanth also said nominated posts would be filled very soon. Those who had worked hard for the victory of the party in the elections would be given priority, he added.

A wide-ranging PCC meeting is expected to be held at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on 3 January, where the party’s performance till now will be presented.

He said there was no question of appointing anyone to nominated posts on consideration of their proximity to him or because they are related to or associated with him.

The chief minister also said he would ensure social justice even in the appointment of officials to ensure a judicial balance.

He said he was now busy ushering in reforms in various sectors to ensure that they work efficiently. “I am against saying something and doing exactly the opposite,” he said.