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Collective responsibility to take Covid surge seriously: KTR

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Telangana’s Cabinet Minister and working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K.T. Rama Rao on Sunday said it’s the collective responsibility of all to take the current surge in Covid-19 cases seriously.

“It’s the collective responsibility of all of us to take Covid seriously. Get your mask on and stay safe,” he tweeted.

KTR, as the Minister is popularly known, replied to a wide range of questions posed by Twitter users during AskKTR programme, which lasted for 90 minutes.

“Personally, I don’t think so,” he quipped when asked about any chances of complete lockdown in the state.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” KTR said when asked can we expect full time lockdown in Telangana due to spike in Covid cases.

Replying to questions about Covid-19 vaccine shortage, the minister for industry, information technology, municipal administration and urban development pointed out that there is shortage all over India.

“Not that I am aware of,” he wrote when asked whether Telangana received any reply from the Centre about the request for more vaccines.

A follower wanted to know his mantra to fight increasing communal violence in the society. “Get people to focus on real issues; employment, infrastructure, healthcare and education,” replied KTR.

“End of the day, democracy should win,” the TRS leader said when asked who will win polls in West Bengal and Kerala.

He exuded confidence that TRS will win the by-election to Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat in Telangana. He stated that the contest is between a leader who represents the past (Jana Reddy of Congress) and a young man who represents the future hope (Nomula Bhagat of TRS).

A follower wanted to know if India is competing with china in terms of infrastructure. “Nope. If we have to compete, we need to think on scale. Unfortunately no support coming through for India’s largest textile park (Kakatiya mega textile park) or Hyderabad pharma city project.”

Replying to a question on status of Hyderabad Pharma City, KTR said that land acquisition is almost completed and allotment of lands to investors will start soon.

“Don’t think there’s much we can do as it’s just an advisory body. Just hope prudence will prevail and states are supported on merit and not political considerations,” he replied when asked if states can do anything to get the recommendations of NITI Aayog implemented by the central government.

On the planning to prevent flooding in Hyderabad during upcoming monsson, KTR said there is need better storm water drains ‘But it won’t happen within a short span Working on strategic Nala development program (SNDP). Have recently sanctioned Rs 858 crore towards the same.”

“Your communication skills are excellent. What’s the secret? Any tips for beginners,” asked a follower. “Clarity in thoughts is important to be able to express well. Always focus on improving vocabulary,” replied KTR.

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New Road Under Bridge thrown open in Hyderabad’s IT corridor

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A new Road Under Bridge (RuB) developed under the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) was thrown open in the bustling information technology corridor of Hyderabad on Monday.

Built at a cost of Rs 66.59 crore, the RuB was inaugurated by Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Administration, K.T. Rama Rao, at Hitec City Railway Station.

This is expected to facilitate the free flow of traffic from Hitec City to Kukatpally.

Built by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the RuB spans 410 metres in length, 20.60 metres in width and comes with a 9 metre bi-directional carriageway including that of approaches.

This comes as a big relief for scores of motorists in the IT corridor travelling between Hitec City and Kukatpally and areas further along the Mumbai highway. Motorists have long been facing problems, especially during the monsoon due to water stagnating below the railway tracks.

With this, 18 projects built at a cost of Rs 1,010 crore under SRDP have been inaugurated.

The RuB is one of the projects on the Gachibowli-JNTU corridor which has been earmarked as a top priority under the Comprehensive Traffic Study report.

Multi-level flyovers have been constructed and opened to traffic under the SRDP in this corridor at Bio-Diversity, Mind Space, Ayyappa Society and Rajiv Gandhi junctions. This has significantly eased the traffic movement in the high traffic density corridor.

According to officials, with the completion of the RuB, the 10.25-km corridor from Gachibowli to JNTU has become a conflict-free corridor for vehicular traffic.

Rama Rao also inaugurated various development works in Kukatpally.

Hyderabad Minister for Labour Malla Reddy, Greater Hyderabad Mayor Gadwal Vijayalaxmi, MLA Krishna Rao, MLC Naveen Rao and other officials attended the programmes.

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Six MLC vacancies in TS, aspirants run around KCR, KTR

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As many as six MLC vacancies will arise in Telangana Legislative Council soon.

While six vacancies will arise in May under MLAs quota, the remaining one vacancy will be under Governor quota, which will be filled in June.

The elections for five MLC seats will be held in May.

With such a big number of MLC vacancies arising at a time, there is huge competition among TRS leaders to secure MLC posts.

Hectic lobbying has already started to grab these posts.

The aspirants are already running around TRS chief and CM KCR and IT minister KTR requesting them to nominate them.

The ruling TRS will bag all these seats comfortably based on its huge majority in Legislative Council. Opposition parties have no chance to win even a single seat.

With this, TRS leaders are doing everything to get into the good books of KCR and KTR.

They have now engaged in campaigning in TRS in Nagarjunasagar bypoll and arranging money and taking care of party’s needs in the constituency in their own with a hope that they will be recognised by KCR and KTR and will be nominated as MLC.

Of the six vacancies, only Legislative Council chairman Gutha Sukender Reddy is expected to be renominated by KCR.

With this, there is heavy competition for remaining five vacancies.

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KTR extends TRS support to fight against Vizag Steel privatisation

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The ongoing agitations against privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant in Andhra Pradesh got support from unusual quarters.

TRS working president, IT minister and Telangana CM KCR’s son KT Rama Rao extended his support as well as his party’s support for ongoing agitations against privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant.

KTR even offered to visit Vizag and take part in anti-privatisation agitation directly.

He said his party leaders and activists will also take part in agitations in Vizag demanding the Centre to withdraw the proposal to privatise Vizag Steel.

KTR said the Telugu States should join hands and fight unitedly in case of any trouble to any state.

KTR lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for privatising Vizag Steel Palnt.

KTR said if Telangana keeps silent on this issue thinking that AP will lose and Telangana has nothing to lose, tomorrow Modi will eye public sector companies like BDL, BHEL etc in Hyderabad and try to privatise them.

KTR said it’s the responsibility of Telugu States to fight jointly against the Centre if it harms the interests of Telugu States.

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KCR’s silence, KTR’s attack confuses BJP

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The BJP in Telangana is a confused lot these days.

This is because TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is maintaining complete silence on BJP. Though BJP leaders like Bandi Sanjay, Dharmapuri Aravind are abusing KCR, KTR and TRS, KCR is not uttering a single word against BJP or Narendra Modi or Amit Shah.

But KCR’s son KTR is going all out against BJP and Modi for the past few days.

In the upcoming MLC elections for two seats, KTR is not leaving any opportunity to attack BJP and Modi in a harsh manner.

KTR is mocking Modi on his earlier promises of providing 2 crore jobs a year and crediting Rs 15 lakh cash in Jandhan accounts.

This contradictory stand of KCR and KTR towards BJP has left BJP leaders and cadre in Telangana in a state of confusion.

KCR became silent on BJP after he visited Delhi and met Modi and Amit Shah in December 2020 soon after the GHMC polls.

This triggered speculations that KCR compromised with BJP fearing CBI and ED cases against him during his tenure as labour minister in the UPA government.

But the sudden attack by KTR on Modi is sending signals that TRS had not compromised with BJP.

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Centre doing injustice to Telangana, alleges KTR

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Continuing his attacks on the Centre, Telangana’s industry minister K. T. Rama Rao said on Friday that it has been doing injustice to Telangana since its inception.

Though Telangana has been performing well in all the sectors, the Centre neither supported the state, nor allotted funds for projects.

Rama Rao stated this while addressing the annual meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Telangana Council.

KTR, as Rao is popularly known, mentioned that revolutionary policies like TS-iPASS succeeded in attracting major investments to the state. Through this policy, 15,000 companies were set up, creating about 15 lakh jobs in the region. A total of about Rs. 2,00,000 crore investment was brought to the State through TS-iPass. Many states have emulated this policy, he added.

“In the past six years, the Telangana Government has received recognition from across the world for its innovative and progressive policies. Though many global companies in IT, Pharma, Life Sciences, Aerospace and Defence sectors have invested in Telangana, the Centre never encouraged the State,” said KTR.

He pointed out that Telangana has been among the top states in the Ease of Doing Business ranks consecutively for the past six years. The state has topped the GSDP growth in the country.

KTR, who is the son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, said that whenever union ministers come to Telangana, they praise the welfare and development of the state but never give funds.

He alleged that BJP-led NDA Government failed to fulfil the assurances given to Telangana under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Promises made to Telangana such as setting up a steel plant, a railway coach factory and educational institutions have been completely ignored. The Centre has once again demonstrated its opposition to Telangana when it announced that establishment of Kazipet Railway Coach Factory is not even necessary.

Apart from this, the Centre is not responding to the requests of Telangana to strengthen the railway network which is vital for industrial development. The construction of eight railway lines is already pending while the survey of another three lines is also yet to begin.

Despite the Telangana government’s assurance about providing all kinds of assistance, there is no response from the Centre on setting up the Bayyaram Steel Factory.

KTR, who also holds the portfolio of information technology, said the Centre also cancelled the Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR) for Hyderabad which was sanctioned before the formation of the state. This has stifled the growth of the IT industry, investments and job creation.

Though there was an overwhelming response to the two electronic manufacturing clusters (EMCs) set up in Hyderabad, the Centre has not yet decided on Telangana’s request of setting up an additional EMC.

With an ambitious goal of taking the country’s pharma and life sciences sector to a global level, Telangana initiated the Hyderabad Pharma City project, the largest single pharma cluster. However, there is no support from the central government which adopted the ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat,’ slogan. The Centre did not respond to Telangana’s repeated requests for fund allocation of Rs 3,900 crore for Pharma City infrastructure, he said.

The Central Government, instead of extending help to Pharma City, introduced a new scheme called Pharma Park Scheme which created an unnecessary competition among 19 states and wasted valuable time, he alleged.

Despite having an excellent aerospace and defense ecosystem in Hyderabad, Telangana has not been allotted any of the Defence Industrial Corridors initiated by the Centre. “Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh, which has no ecosystem, has been given a defence corridor. This proves that the BJP Government is giving priority to politics over industrial development. Repeated requests to allot the Defence Industrial Corridor to Telangana, which has all the infrastructure, were ignored.”

The Centre had announced a Mega cluster policy under which the Telangana Government requested for assistance in developing Kakatiya Mega Textile Park but there was no response.

He pointed out that the Centre never responded when asked for setting up of a dry port in Telangana. In spite of not having a sea port, Telangana’s export rate is more than the national average. When compared to 2019-20, Telangana in 2020-21 has seen 15.5% growth in exports. Telangana plays a key role in exports, yet the center remained unwilling in setting up a dry port.

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KTR, Bandi Sanjay ‘letter war’ over Hyd ITIR project heats up

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TRS working president and IT minister KT Rama Rao, BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay are indulging in a ‘leter war’ over the issue of Hyderabad ITIR project. KTR is taking BJP to task through Twitter as well as writing open letters as TRS and BJP are fighting a pitched battle for upcoming MLC polls on March 14.

Giving a fitting response to the open letter written on Tuesday by BJP State President Bandi Sanjay on ITIR, TRS Working President KTR on Wednesday slammed the BJP leader and said that the BJP should apologize to the people of Telangana for its failure to get ITIR to Hyderabad.

KTR has written to Bandi Sanjay in this regard on Wednesday.

Referring to the Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement in the Parliament that the ITIR scheme has been shelved in the country, KTR said that the BJP State president Bandi Sanjay is unaware of this fact and this shows his ignorance.

Working President KTR said that the ITIR has not gone ahead even in Bengaluru though it’s the same party that runs the government in the center and Karnataka. “Apart from Hyderabad, the ITIR project was sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Karnataka but has not seen any development in any of these states. Is the TRS government responsible for no development there too?” KTR asked mockingly.

We will provide all the letters written to the Union Government since 2014 and also the Detailed Project Report of ITIR to Mr. Bandi Sanjay. Does he have the power to get ITIR to Hyderabad? KTR asked.

If the Telangana BJP has any sincerity towards bringing ITIR to Hyderabad, they should make the Union Government announce it, KTR said.

“Bandi Sanjay’s letter is full of lies. He wrote the letter to gain publicity through media coverage,” KTR said. He fired at Bandi Sanjay for writing a letter that is misleading the people of the state.

I challenge Bandi Sanjay to either bring ITIR or a project equivalent to ITIR to Hyderabad, said KTR.

KTR also added that the BJP has disappointed the youth of Telangana who have been waiting for ITIR to become a reality.

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KTR, BJP leader engaged in Twitter war over jobs

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The political war of words between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress continued over the former’s claim that the state government had created 1.32 lakh jobs in the last six years.

Two days after Congress leader Sravan Dasoju challenged the Telangana Industry Minister K.T.Rama Rao for a debate at the Gun Park while BJP leader N. Ramchander Rao reached the Osmania University and dared the TRS minister to come there for an open debate.

Ramchander Rao, who is a BJP candidate for the March 14 election to the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar graduates’ constituency of Legislative Council, took to Twitter to ask him to come to Arts College on Osmania University campus.

“I am here at Arts College. Where are you, Mr. KTR,” asked the BJP leader.

The minister replied that he is busy gathering information about the BJP’s unfulfilled promises. “I am busy gathering information on the 12 crore jobs (2 crore per year) and Rs.15 lakhs in all Jandhan accounts promised by Hon’ble PM Shri Modi Ji. NDA is the answer so far N – No D – Data A – Available. Please share if you have any answers,” replied KTR.

The BJP leader, however, tweeted again that he is ready to give answers. “I’m here to give answers, out in the open at Arts College. Why are you hiding behind the veil of Twitter, Dear KTR Garu? Afraid to face the public?”

Ramchander Rao had earlier challenged KTR to come to Osmania University for debate about jobs given during 6 years of TRS rule.

AICC spokesperson Sravan Dasoju on February 26 had asked KTR to come to the Telangana Martyrs Memorial at Gun Park for debate. “We will not believe in your false statement. Come with your team and the figures on the recruitment and current vacancies,” he had said after KTR stated that 1.32 lakh jobs were given in the government sector in the last six years.

The TRS leader had also dared the opposition parties for a debate on the jobs created.

He also wrote an open letter reiterating that the government filled 1,32,899 posts in various departments during the last six years. He provided figures of department-wise vacancies filled.

The Congress leader said KTR ran away from open debate after throwing a challenge. “Though I was ready for a debate and asked him to come to Gun Park, he did not turn up,” he said.

The war of words has increased the political heat ahead of March 14 elections to two seats of Legislative Council and ensuing by-polls to Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat.

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Telangana urges Centre for scheme in lieu of ITIR

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Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao on Sunday urged the Centre to announce a scheme or an initiative for Hyderabad in lieu of Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR) which it has scrapped.

In a letter to Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, it is clear that the Union government is not inclined to continue the ITIR scheme, he may consider providing a scheme/initiative in its place to ensure that cities like Hyderabad continue to flourish and provide employment to youngsters.

Cities like Hyderabad are the economic engines that contribute immensely to our country’s economy. It is therefore important that such cities should be rewarded by way of new policy initiatives and incentives.

KTR, as Rao is popular knonw, wrote that the youth of Telangana are eagerly waiting for new employment opportunities that could be created with the support of the union government in the IT sector.

KTR recalled that the state government made numerous appeals during the past six years to sanction funds for ITIR but unfortunately there was no response whatsoever from the union government.

“Valuable time was lost as the Telangana Government kept on pursuing the ITIR Project without any response from the Union Government. Considering the importance of the IT sector and its contribution to the overall economy, a prompt response on such an important matter would have been appropriate. Lakhs of local youth have been deprived of employment due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Union Government,” he wrote

The state minister wrote that he was sharing some very promising news from Telangana amidst all the gloomy news coming in from across the globe owing to the Covid pandemic. The latest estimates indicate that the IT exports from Telangana are expected to grow over 7% to touch Rs 1.4 lakh crore (about $19.1 billion) for the financial year 2020-21. The national growth rate in the said period, according to NASSCOM, is estimated to be at about 1.9 per cent at $150 billion.

“Hyderabad saw a healthy 8.7 million square feet of new office space creation during the year, despite the severe impact of Covid-19 on the economy. In terms of the share of sectoral occupiers, the information technology (IT/ITeS) sector including data centres dominated with a major share, followed by Banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) and manufacturing sectors, while other services and co-working sectors also contributed. We could attract several marquee Companies such as Amazon Web Services, Goldman Sachs, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to Telangana during the past one year,” KTR said.

He pointed out that the state government has been aggressively promoting emerging technologies like AI, Data Analytics, IOT, cyber security, Digital entertainment technologies (Animation, Gaming, VFX), Blockchain, Drones, etc. Added to this, the proactive role of the state government in encouraging product development, R & D, and skill development in these areas of emerging technologies has also encouraged many global and domestic IT companies to bring their technology development centres to Hyderabad.

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KTR appeals to BCCI to include Hyd as IPL venue

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Telangana’s Minister for Industry and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao, on Sunday appealed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) office-bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming IPL season.

“Our effective Covid containment measures are reflected in our low number of cases among all metro cities in India and we assure you of all support from the government,” the minister tweeted.

KTR’s appeal comes in the wake of reports that Hyderabad is not in the list of cities shortlisted by the BCCI for the 14th edition of IPL.

The BCCI has reportedly decided to limit IPL 2021 to only six cities. Hyderabad, the host city of Sunrisers Hyderabad, does not figure in the list.

The BCCI has shortlisted Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai to conduct IPL matches. The choice of Mumbai was surprising as there has been a surge in Covid cases in Maharashtra during the last few days.

Mumbai was added to the list on Saturday evening after the Maharashtra government gave permission to conduct the matches in the city without fans.

The reasons for dropping Hyderabad were not clear but there is a buzz in cricketing circles here that the infighting in Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) may have led to the BCCI ignoring the city.

Reacting to KTR’s appeal, some netizens urged him to first sort out the problems in HCA.

HCA president and former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin was reportedly in Ahmedabad for the third India-England Test where the decision was taken regarding the IPL venues.

Six members of the HCA Apex Council last week raised a banner of revolt against Azharuddin by holding a meeting and deciding to organise the annual general meeting (AGM) on March 28. Azharuddin has termed the meeting illegal, saying that it had no approval.

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KTR reiterates claim of 1,32,899 jobs in six years

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Telangana’s Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday reiterated his claim that the state government filled 1,32,899 posts in various departments during the last six years.

With the opposition parties disputing his claim, the minister released the number of vacancies filled in each department.

The claims and counter claims come in view of the elections to two graduates’ constituencies of the Telangana Legislative Council scheduled on March 14.

In an open letter, the minister alleged that the opposition parties were resorting to false propaganda to confuse people. especially youth

“The Congress and the BJP are concealing the truth and deliberately spreading false information about job recruitment in Telangana since the TRS government came to power,” said Rama Rao, who is also the Working President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

He also reiterated that if anyone has any doubts about our government’s commitment to job recruitment, they can approach respective departments and clarify.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said it was sad that even a senior politician like Jana Reddy tend to spread lies, and challenged him to provide details of jobs filled during the 10-year rule of his Congress party.

He said to curtail false information spread by senior leaders like Jana Reddy and opposition parties in front of the media, he is providing complete details of 1,32,899 lakh job vacancies that the TRS government has filled since 2014.

“I am presenting all these details with the sole intention of giving clarity and providing the right information to the people of Telangana, especially the youth, who are being confused and misled by the opposition’s baseless accusations.”

He said the Telangana State Public Service Commission recruited 30,594 employees while the Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board filled 31,972 vacancies.

The Telangana State Residential Education Institutes Recruitment Board filled 3,623 posts, the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University 179 posts, the Acharya Konda Laxman Bapuji Telangana State Horticulture University 80, the Director Minorities Welfare 66, Junior Panchayat Secretaries 9,355, the Ayush Department 171, TS-GENCO 856, TS-NPDCL 164, TS-SPDCL 201, TS- TRANSCO 206, TSRTC 4,768, while the Singareni Collieries Company Ltd filled 12,500 posts.

KTR said 22,637 employees of the Electricity Department were regularized. Hyderabad Water Board filled 807 vacancies, Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank 243 and DCCBs filled 1,571 vacancies. Filling up of another 6,258 posts is in final stage.

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Union Minister’s statement on ITIR ‘factually incorrect’: KTR

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Telangana’s Information Technology and Industry Ministry K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday termed as “factually incorrect” the statement on Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR), Hyderabad, given by Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Dhotre in the Lok Sabha.

Dhotre was responding to a question by BJP member Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Wednesday.

KTR, as the Telangana minister is known, claimed that in spite of submitting all necessary information, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and also several reminders in the last six years, the Union Minister chose to mislead the house.

The Union Minister said: “The Government of Telangana was asked to submit the required information to the concerned ministries with intimation to MeitY. No information was furnished by the Government of Telangana.”

KTR said that it was very unfair on the part of the NDA government and the Telangana BJP leaders to blame the Telangana government despite repeated requests by the state government to the Centre.

He recalled that first such letter was written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as soon as the state of Telangana was formed in June 2014.

KTR submitted another detailed memorandum on ITIR to the Centre in September 2014.

He said in 2016 he met the then Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya to present the DPR in response to the latter’s comments that the Telangana government did not submit a project report for ITIR.

“Though the Telangana government presented a project report on ITIR twice, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya commented that we did not submit the DPR. Probably he might have been misguided by officials. To put things straight and make facts clear, I have personally met him, informed him, and also presented the DPR of ITIR once again,” KTR had told media after meeting Dattatreya.

Several reminders about ITIR Project were submitted to Prime Minister Modi and Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over the last six years. “Yet the NDA government chose to ignore these requests. The intention to discontinue the ITIR Project was very clearly understood by the noncommittal responses of NDA government.”

Last month, KTR wrote a letter to Prasad requesting funds for the ITIR project. Yet, the union government did not allocate a single rupee in the current year’s budget, he said.

“While the facts are thus, it is unfortunate that Union Minister Sanjay Dhotre chose to issue a factually incorrect statement. It is also irresponsible on the part of state BJP leaders to resort to a smear campaign on the Telangana State Government without ascertaining the facts,” he added.

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Hyderabad has all advantages to become logistics hub: KTR

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Hyderabad, with its strategic location and good infrastructure, has all the facilities to emerge as a logistics hub serving the growing manufacturing industry, Telangana Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao said.

The minister on Thursday inaugurated a state-of-the-art logistics park at Bata Singaram near the city, developed at a cost of Rs 40 crore in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Stating that Hyderabad is one of fastest growing cities in the world, he said there is potential for setting up of many logistic parks around the Outer Ring Road (ORR).

He asked Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) to work on setting up logistic parks near eight important highways including those leading to Vijayawada, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Ramagundam. He said the logistic parks will give impetus to the manufacturing sector.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, revealed that draft of logistic policy is ready and it will soon be approved by the cabinet to encourage the sector.

He said the growth of this sector could provide employment opportunities to people. According to Logistics Skill Council, even those who have studied upto Class 10 or 12 can get jobs.

He referred to the reports by various research organisations, estimating the requirement of 1.5 crore square feet of warehouses. Currently, the city has 50 lakh square feet of warehouses.

Pointing out that Hyderabad is attracting many new industries, the minister said the city due to its central location in the country has the advantage of emerging as a logistics hub.

“If we create logistic parks, we can ensure smooth and hassle free movement of goods manufactured here to other parts of the country,” he said.

KTR said that Hyderabad has the best infrastructure including 24 hours power supply. He claimed that the government has also ensured that the city faces no drinking water problem till 2040.

The logistics park at Bata Singaram in Ibrahimpatnam Assembly constituency has been developed by the HMDA in partnership with Truck Dock Logistics over 40 acres.

It provides facilities such as warehouses (2 lakh square feet), parking for 500 trucks, cold storage for 10,000 metric tonnes, dormitory for 200 persons, restaurants, office space, fuel stations, primary health centre, and automobile service centre.

The park has the potential to expand warehouse space by another 5 lakh square feet.

This is the second integrated logistics park to come up in Hyderabad. The first one at Mangalapally in the same constituency was inaugurated in 2019.

According to the HMDA, logistics parks act as an integrated one stop facility for freight operators, Third Party Logistic (3PL) service providers, cargo handling companies, truck drivers, warehousing, parking etc.

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Rs 1,000-Cr MassMutual Global centre in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad continues its supremacy in attracting global investments especially from the US. Now, yet another Fortune 500 company signed a deal with Telangana to set up its multi-crore centre in the State. The agreement was reached between IT and Industries Minister KTR and Arthur Reel, technical head of MassMutual, which is an insurance and financial services company with 170 years of experience.

KTR said that it was yet another glowing feather in the cap of Telangana with MassMutual coming to Hyderabad. The company stands in 89th position in the list of Fortune 500 companies in the world. Mass Mutual is now going to set up its Global Capability Centre in the Telangana Capital. It is going to invest Rs. 1,000 Cr in its new centre to be set up in 1.5 lakh sft in the financial district located at Nanakramguda.

KT Rama Rao has said that the company will be initially creating 300 jobs. More than that, the prestigiou Mass Mutual is setting up its first centre outside of the US in Hyderabad city here. This is indeed a big compliment for Telangana State. The IT Minister expressed happiness at Hyderabad going to the next level in its capability to attract international investments by leaps and bounds. All the necessary infrastructure is being created in the cosmopolitan city to meet the emerging needs of its expansion and to welcome future investments. Growth slowed down in Hyderabad between 2015 and 2019 but the city started seeing exponential progress since 2019.

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WEF invites KTR to technology governance summit

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The World Economic Forum has invited Telangana’s minister for information technology and industry K.T. Rama Rao for the Global Technology Governance Summit scheduled to be held in Japan from April 5 to 7 this year.

The minister has received the invitation from World Economic Forum President Brge Brende. “Under your forward-looking leadership, Telangana has been at the forefront of using emerging technologies for societal benefits. Thank you for your support of the AI4AI: Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture Innovation and G20 Smart Cities Alliance. It will be a pleasure to work together to further deepen their impact,” he wrote.

“The emerging technologies of the fourth industrial revolution have a vital role to play as countries recover from and rebuild following the COVID pandemic,” he added.

The Global Technology Governance Summit will build on the forum’s pioneering work on global technology governance and bring stakeholders from the government, business, and civil society to identify how to harness and regulate these technologies to accelerate growth, encourage innovation, and build resilience.

The summit will also aim to help scale public-private initiatives to nurture the development of fourth industrial revolution technologies while mitigating their risks.

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Telangana seeks funds from Centre for municipal projects

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Telangana’s Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged the Centre to allocate funds in the Union Budget 2021-22 for various municipal projects in the state.

He has written letters to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardip Singh Puri and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman requesting funds for the Strategic Nala Development Plan (SNDP), developing a sewer network infrastructure for liquid waste collection in Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration (HUA) area, a Metro Net Project in Warangal, and solid waste management in urban local bodies in the state.

KTR, as the state minister is popularly known, said that to develop the sewer network infrastructure for liquid waste collection in the HUA area, the government has introduced a Comprehensive Sewerage Master Plan (CSMP), already made detailed study of planning, survey, design, estimations and prepared a detailed project report.

He also mentioned that in compliance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions to mitigate the sewage pollution in Musi river stretches and water bodies in HUA, CSMP is being given top priority. The sewage line network for a total length of 2,232 km is proposed, consisting of connection network, sub mains and trunk sewers to the STPs at a total cost of Rs 3,722 crore and the government would take up to 36 months for finishing the works, he said.

KTR requested for a sanction of 20 per cent of the project cost which would be Rs 750 crore out of the total project cost of Rs 3,722 crore.

Mentioning the recent flood situation in Hyderabad and its after effects, the minister highlighted the challenges in natural flow of water due to narrowing of nalas, and storm water drains over the years in Hyderabad.

“As a permanent solution to the issue, the government has set up Strategic Nala Development Plan (SNDP), a dedicated project headed by the GHMC to plan and develop a comprehensive storm water drainage network in Hyderabad,” he said. While the SNDP cost is Rs 1,200 crore, he sought Rs 240 crore funds for the project.

“To strengthen the public transport in Warangal, keeping in mind the present and future requirements of the citizens, the Government of Telangana intends to set up Metro Neo Project,” said KTR. He stated that at present the population of Warangal is about 15 lakh and would increase up to 35 lakh by 2051.

Metro Neo Project in Nashik, which was set up by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, has prepared a DPR on setting up of Metro Neo Project in Warangal, similar to that of Nashik.

As per the DPR, Warangal Metro Neo Rail will be of 15.5 km length and would be laid at an estimated cost of Rs 1,050 crore. KTR requested for a sanction of Rs 210 crore from the Centre for this.

Noting that the Telangana government is in the forefront in implementing the citizen centric reforms, he said that tenders were finalised for bio-mining solid waste in the ULBs of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 258 crore for 2021-22. Tenders were also finalised for bio-mining and remediation of 70 lakh metric tons of legacy waste in ULBs in the state with an estimated cost of Rs 520 crore.

Works for construction of Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) in 71 ULBs have commenced and in 5 ULBs, the works have already been completed. The government is spending Rs 250 crore for the works.

DPRs for underground drainage and waste treatment were prepared for 57 ULBs in the state with an estimated cost of Rs 13, 238 crore. In the first phase, works will be taken up in about 30 ULBs at a cost of Rs 2,828 crore.

With about Rs 3,777 crore, the state government will work on various projects during FY 2021-22. “Since these are major works of infrastructure, it is requested that the Government of India may share 20 per cent of these expenditures and provide Rs 750 Crore in the budget for 2021-22,” he said.

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Telangana seeks funds from Centre for handlooms, textiles

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Telangana’s Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged the Centre to allocate funds in the Union Budget 2021-22 for development of handlooms and textiles in the state.

In a letter to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Z. Irani, he sought funds for the development of the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, and sanction of a mega powerloom cluster at Sircilla as well as certain proposals for the development of handlooms and textiles.

He said that Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP) at Warangal would take off in 2021-22. “KMTP is being developed at a total estimated project cost of Rs 1,552 crore of which the core infrastructure works would cost approximately Rs 1,094 crore. We have aligned our project activities such that major external and internal infrastructure works at KMTP can be taken up immediately upon receipt of the proposed financial support under the Mega Textile Park scheme,” he said.

“Under the proposed scheme, we understand that a total of Rs 500 crore capital support is available for a Mega Textile Park. We request that approximately Rs 300 crore of this amount be released at the earliest to kick start major external infrastructure works urgently needed at the park,” wrote KTR, as the minister is popularly known.

Noting that there are 35,588 power looms in Telangana, the minister said 25,495 of them are in Sircilla district alone.

“Taking into account of existing power looms, the Sircilla district stands best suitable to establish Mega Powerloom Cluster under Comprehensive Powerloom Cluster Development Scheme (CPCDS) and submission of a proposal to Govt of India for sanction and developing Mega Powerloom Cluster therein, such as Ichalkaranji (Maharashtra, Surat (Gujarat) Karanpura & Solar, etc, which were already sanctioned as Mega Powerloom Clusters during 12th Five Year Plan during 2017-18 to 2019-20,” he said.

KTR urged Irani to sanction a mega powerloom cluster at Sircilla and sanction Rs 49.84 crore out of the projected outlay of Rs 993.65 crore towards filling various gaps and to implement the components including infrastructure gaps, modernisation, and expansion of production base, strengthen of value chain, market development, skill development and capacity building and administration studies and project monitoring costs of textile park, weaving and apparel park at Sircilla.

He also sought sanctioning of the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT) for Telangana as the state has no such institute offer a course in diploma in handloom technology, and aspirants have to go to neighbouring states such as Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to acquire admissions in an IIHT.

He further stated that sufficient land with a constructed building facility is available at Handloom Park, Pochampally, Yadadri Bhongir district for the establishment of the IIHT.

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KTR announces 20,000 litres free water per family

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The ruling TRS in Telangana has narrowly escaped from a huge electoral setback in the recent GHMC elections. Now, KCR-KTR are obviously making corrective steps to prevent further damages in future. As Municipal Administration Minister, KTR has even announced formally that their Government would ensure free drinking water supply up to 20,000 litres per family from the beginning of 2021.
KTR has said that all discussions were made and it was decided that the Water Board start supplying the 20,000 litre free water from the first week of January itself. This was being implemented as part of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao’s promise to give free water to the citizens of Hyderabad.
It is well known the TRS is facing a strong backlash from the BJP leaders who are in an upbeat mood ever since their electoral gains in the GHMC polls. With the emergence of the BJP as a strong force on the Hyderabad political scene, no party is getting enough majority to claim the mayor post.
Under the given political situation, KTR is focusing his time and energy on taking his party closer to the voters of the twin cities. Already, a review has been done on all the nala connections and supply network.

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KTR expands IT all over Telangana but no such efforts in AP

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Telangana is increasingly fortunate in all respects ever since the 2014 AP Reorganisation. It has got Hyderabad metro city as its Capital City. What more, the State has got political stability with the same party winning successive elections in 2014 and 2019. The same Chief Minister continuing for the past seven and half years is another boon since there are no policy disruptions. Hyderabad is bringing huge revenue with its IT industry contributing a major share as well.
Despite making lots of progress, Minister KT Rama Rao has once again come out with a big plan to expand IT industry further. He is talking of opening more IT parks in Uppal, Nacharam, Kompelli and other outlying areas in Hyderabad. What more, KTR says their Government is going to expand IT parks network in towns all over Telangana. These include Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar, etc.
The future appears to be software industry. Only around this, all sectors are expected to grow. While Telangana is making big progress in this respect, Andhra Pradesh is lagging far behind. Lack of political stability and politics of confrontation are having a huge negative impact. Visakhapatnam was initially promoted as an IT hub. Now, that emphasis took a back seat with the port city being promoted as the Executive Capital City with major buildings and infrastructure being re-allocated for administration machinery.

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