On Friday, K.T. Rama Rao, the Minister for municipal administration and urban development in Telangana, met with the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. KTR submitted a request to the union minister asking for defence lands to be handed over for the construction of flyovers, skywalks, link roads, and road widening in Hyderabad. The minister also requested the merging of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) with GHMC and asked for the process to be expedited.
The HMDA has already begun construction of a skywalk at Rythu Bazar, Mehdipatnam, which requires 0.51 acres of defence land. KTR also asked for the transfer of defence land for the construction of an elevated corridor from Paradise Junction to ORR junction on Hyderabad-Karimnagar-Ramagundam road (Rajiv Rahadari) to ease traffic on one of the busiest thoroughfares in Hyderabad. The total length of the project is 18.40 km, of which 11.12 km is a 6-lane elevated corridor and the proposed RoW (right of way) is 60 metres as per HMDA master plan. The proposed project passes through defence lands for a length of about 11.30 km and requires defence land to an extent of 94.20 acres.
KTR tweeted about his meeting with the Defence Minister, reiterating the issue of expediting the transfer of defence lands for various road infrastructure projects in Hyderabad city. These projects are aimed at easing traffic congestion and improving connectivity to districts such as Kamareddy.