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Underpass works at Mindspace circle in full steam

Hyderabad: Imagine an underpass, a flyover and the Hyderabad Metro Rail all overlapping at one
particular location. The very sight would be nothing less than an engineering marvel and this is
exactly what is happening at Raheja Mindspace near Cyber Towers in the city.

To ease traffic congestion in the area, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is
constructing an underpass at Mindspace junction, which will overlap with a flyover that will come
up soon and the Hyderabad Metro Rail, which is in its final stages.

Work on the underpass from Mindspace junction towards Biodiversity Park junction is in full
steam. The 365 metre-underpass will be a six-lane structure with a depth of nine metres. This is to
facilitate the installation of Hyderabad Metro Rail pillars in the coming days. Nearly 14,400 vehicles
pass through the Mindspace area every hour and once the suspension bridge over Durgam
Cheruvu is completed, traffic will increase further in the locality.

With many motorists from Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills and Punjagutta shuttling across the locality,
over 46,300 vehicles are expected to pass through Mindspace Junction. Once the suspension
bridge at Durgam Cheruvu is completed, 44 per cent of traffic is expected to be diverted to
Hyderabad Metro Rail and the rest will pass through the underpass.

Apart from the underpass, a flyover from Radisson Blu end to SOL Junction end will be coming up
and it would be well above the underpass. “It is an engineering challenge since the Hyderabad
Metro Rail track would pass over the flyover towards Shilparamam,” said a senior engineering
official from GHMC.

The 830-metre flyover would commence from the Radisson end towards SOl junction end
between Ramky Towers and Inorbit Mall via Raheja Mindspace. Initially, it was planned till
Mindspace junction but later authorities extended the length till Novartis to meet future needs.

Already, the flyover designs are in the approval stage and work is likely to commence in a fortnight.
Both the underpass and the flyover will be completed by December this year, the official said.
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Telangana govt intolerant to constructive criticism: Kodandaram

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) leader M Kodandaram, who is
all set to hold a massive rally on February 22 with unemployed youth and student organisations,
said the TRS government should not take it as a prestige issue. He was responding to a question on
the possibility of police impeding the rally, which is being held by the TJAC to protest the alleged
failure of the TRS government in filling vacancies in the government sector.

While speaking to the media at a meet held by the Telangana Journalists Union here on Friday,
Kodandaram said the Hyderabad City Police is yet to give permission to take out the rally from
Sundarayya Vignana Kendram to Indira Park, even after he personally met the city police
commissioner. The permission was forwarded by the commissioner to the concerned DCP, he
said. "I don't want to comment at this stage as to what our action plan will be if permission is
denied. We are hoping that permission will be granted," he said.

Responding to allegations in social media that certain political forces were behind him, the TJAC
leader said that the state government's intolerance to even constructive criticism is on the rise. He
demanded that the TRS government release a 'calendar' containing details of vacancies in each
government department, public sector undertakings and most importantly, the date-line for
recruitment of each category of posts.

Stating that there are 1.07 lakh jobs at various levels such as district, zonal and state-level cadre
posts that need to be filled up, which will not be objected by the Kamalnathan Committee, he said
the government has failed to live up to its assurance given to the youth during the Telangana
agitation and during the polls to the Assembly. Kodandaram said youth and students from all
districts are expected to attend the rally and appealed to them to make it a peaceful and democratic
rally.

He also added: "There is a talk over the need for establishment of a new value-based political
party. But come what may, the TJAC will continue and will not be merged. I will comment about
my plan to join or not only after such a political party is set up."
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Command Control Centre to monitor Civil Supplies vehicles

A Command Control Centre equipped with a video wall was established at the Civil Supplies
Department headquarters here on Tuesday, for monitoring the supply chain system against
diversion of essential commodities.

Minister Eatala Rajender launched the centre from where a tab can be kept on the movement of
vehicles transporting essential commodities at various stages of the supply chain.

The video wall, 210 inches wide and 72 inches long, displays the vehicles through GPS on a pre-
mapped network of highways usually traversed by the Civil Supplies vehicles.

Civil Supplies Commissioner C.V. Anand informed that a total of 1,383 vehicles were involved in
transporting the commodities in two stages, namely from buffer godowns to MLS (Multi Level
Supply) godowns, and then from MLS godowns to the fair price shops. These apart, there are 45
kerosene tankers too which will be monitored.

To track 18,000 km


Representative of the Trans Global Geomatics, the third party developer of the system, explained
that the department had given details of 18,000 kilometres of fixed road length traversed by the
vehicles. Whenever a vehicle deviates from the set path, an SMS alert will be issued to the district
managers and command centre too.

A geo-fencing has been created to demarcate the State borders so that any vehicle that crosses the
border without permission can be identified and action can be taken. It is possible to trace 30 days’
travel history of each vehicle, for a review.

Besides, idle alerts will be issued whenever a vehicle takes more than an hour’s break on the way.

Mr. Anand said similar video walls will soon be established at the district level, in the Collector’s
office.

Equipped with CCTV Cameras


Also to be monitored from the Command Control Centre are the nine MLS godowns equipped
with a total of 64 CC cameras. The internet protocol cameras with IR night vision recording are
connected to the local servers in godowns with memory for 30 days’ record, officials informed.
Installing CC cameras at all the 171 MLS points will require ₹ 20 crore, for allocation of which a
request has been placed with the Government, Mr. Anand said, detailing the reforms undertaken by
the department.

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KCR reacts to student protests: Orders relaxation of eligibility norms

Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) issued notification for the recruitment of
7,306 posts in the Gurukul Ashram Schools. The job aspirants were delighted about the notification
but were equally disgruntled after understanding the eligibility criteria. TSPSC’s notification set the
minimum percentage of marks at 60 per cent to apply. Furthermore, a conditions to possess three
years of teaching experience for post graduate teacher posts was also set. Student associations
including ABVP remonstrated at various places in the state demanding relaxation of norms fixed for
appointing teacher posts in the State-run residential schools.

Protests took place in the Telangana battle ground Osmania University where students took out a
rally and also burnt the effigy of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The situation got intense at
the TSPSC office in Nampally, where youngsters were dragged out by the police. They even
threatened to intensify their agitation if the government does not make changes in the nonotification.

The Chief Minister directed TSPSC to reduce the minimum percentage of marks to 50percent. He
further ordered removal of the 3 years of experience clause. He even said that TSPSC should give
opportunity to as many unemployed persons as possible. Telangana Government has been critiqued
for failing to fulfill its promise of providing one lakh jobs to youth. Professor Kodandaram warned
that if the commission does not withdraw the cut-off, the TJAC along with other teachers’ and
students’ organizations would launch a state-wide agitation against the move. KCR seems to have
taken warnings from the students and professor seriously and also wanted to stop the protests in
the initial stage itself.

Prof Kodandaram earlier found fault with these rules. He said that after completing their education
many students either engage in preparing for TET or attending coaching classes for other
competitive tests. The average pass percentage in Telangana is below 50 and it is around 40 per
cent in B Sc stream. Not many students secure 60 percent marks in degree and post-graduate
courses. The criteria itself it will eliminate nearly four to five lakh candidates from the job race
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KTR says Rs 3,000 crore investments lined up in Life Sciences for Hyderabad

Stating that Hyderabad is emerging as the hub for research and innovation in the life sciences and
biotechnology sector, Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao said close to Rs 3,000
crore of investments are lined up in the sector in the State.

Speaking at the inauguration of BioAsia-2017 , he said that an Industrial Area Local Authority
(IALA) will be created to aid companies operating in the cluster and attract more companies to
invest in the region. As part of the event, a dedicated life sciences infrastructure fund has been
announced valued at Rs 1,000 crore.

Moreover, he said Genome Valley near Hyderabad has created an ecosystem that is attracting
companies. About 200 companies employing 10,000 are taking up pre-clinical research, drug
discovery and vaccines development.

The government is making efforts to speed up the execution of 14,000-acre pharma city which will
house bulk drugs and formulations manufacturing and research and development facilities with all
the needed Infrastructure. Environmental clearances for the units can be provided by the cluster
authority, he added.

Meanwhile, the minister also said his father and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s vision is to
make Hyderabad an premier `industrial hub’ in the country. Thus, he said he wish to realise the
dream of `Bangaru Telangana’ (Golden Telangana).

He unveiled the foundation for the construction of the Rs. 300 crore Special Economic Zone (SEZ)
vaccine manufacturing centre at Genome Valley of city-based Biological E Limited (BE) got
underway.

The construction of the new SEZ vaccine plant in the 29 acre land will be completed by April,
2018 and commercial production of vaccines are expected to begin by December 2019, said its
Managing Director Mahima Datla.
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KCR to lead all-party team to New Delhi

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would lead an all-party delegation to
New Delhi on Monday to urge the Centre to take steps for categorisation of Scheduled Castes
(SCs) in the state.

"An all-party delegation led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will meet Prime Minister
Narendra Modi in New Delhi on February 6 to request him to give his assent to the Categorisation
of the SCs Bill," a release from Rao's office said.

The proposed meeting of the delegation comes against the backdrop of agitation by certain outfits
for categorisation of SCs. The categorisation of SCs is being sought on the ground that they have
not benefited much in the existing system.

The Chief Minister had written a letter inviting all political parties to be part of the delegation and to
be present in New Delhi on February 5.

The invitees include State Congress President N Uttam Kumar Reddy, AIMIM chief Asaduddin
Owaisi, Telangana BJP head K Laxman, TDP State unit president L Ramana, CPM State
Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram and his CPI counterpart Chada Venkat Reddy.

Rao had expressed his willingness to lead an all-party delegation on the issue to New Delhi at the
meeting of SC and ST public representatives as well as on the floor of the Legislative Assembly.
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KCR to Chidambaram: Can't you see development in Telangana?

Hyderabad, Jan 31: Rebutting former Union Minister P Chidambaram's charge that the ruling TRS
in Telangana had failed to fulfil its poll promises, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said
his government was implementing welfare schemes worth Rs 35,000 crore.

"Today we are implementing welfare schemes worth Rs 35,000 crore. I am asking all these
Congress leaders and Chidambaram. Are you blind? Don't you see the development that is taking
place in the state? Are you implementing similar welfare schemes in Karnataka and other states
where you (Congress) are ruling?" Rao said.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting in Tirumalayapalem mandal headquarters town
after inaugurating Bhakta Ramadasu Lift Irrigation (BRDLIS) in Kusumanchi mandal in Khammam
district.

Chidambaram, who was in the city last week called the TRS government a failure alleging that it
moved away from principles of democracy and failed to keep election promises. The CM further
said that the state government has successfully waived 75 per cent of the Rs 17,000 farm loans
under loan waiver scheme, which was promised during polls in 2014. He said every household in
the state soon will have internet connection and drinking water taps.

"You (Congress) always sought votes from Dalits by showing Indira Gandhi's Picture during
elections. But you did nothing after elections. But we are implementing many welfare schemes for
Dalits," Rao claimed. He said the state has overcome the power crisis and marching forward by
attracting investments under TS-I PASS, a State Government Industrial Policy.

The Rs 307 crore- Bhakta Ramadas Project, constructed in a record time of eleven months, two
months ahead of schedule, is aimed at irrigating 60,000 acres in Khammam district, Rao said. He
also assured that all the eligible Home Guards will be absorbed as constables in the Police
Department. The Chief Minister also said the government was mulling to fix salaries of the Home
Guards.
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Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy stages sit-in at Visakhapatnam airport

VISAKHAPATNAM: YSR Congress Party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy staged a sit-in on the
runway at Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday after police stopped him from entering the city.

The Leader of Opposition along with some other leaders of the party squatted on the ground to
protest the police action.

Jaganmohan Reddy was stopped soon after he landed here from Hyderabad and was heading to
RK Beach to lead a candle light protest to demand special status for the state.

Police have refused to give permission for any kind of protest in the city and imposed orders
banning assembly of five or more persons.
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Complete key Mission Bhagiratha works before onset of monsoon: KCR

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked the officials supervising the implementation of
Mission Bhagiratha drinking water programme to complete all important works before onset of the
monsoon season, although the year-end has been fixed as the target.

“There’s no dearth of funds for the drinking water project likely to become a model in the country,
since several financial institutions have extended loans of about ?30,000 crore. Execution of works
alone is the task now. Coordinate with various departments concerned so that there’s no delay,”
the Chief Minister told the officials at a lengthy review meeting held here on Tuesday.

Vice Chairman of Mission Bhageeratha V. Prashanth Reddy, Chief Secretary S.P. Singh,
Chairman and Managing Director of TS-Genco/TS-Transco D. Prabhakar Rao, CMDs of TS-
SPDCL and TS-NPDCL G. Raghuma Reddy and A. Gopal Rao, Engineer-in-Chief B. Surender
Reddy, Mineral Development Corporation Chairman S. Subhash Reddy, representatives of work
agencies and other attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister enquired progress of component-wise works such as intake wells, water
treatment plants (WTPs), pipelines, construction of electrical sub-stations and others.

He instructed the District Collectors to take initiative for getting clearances linked to pipeline laying
from forest, national and state highways, panchayat raj roads, railways, irrigation and other
departments.

Officials explained to the Chief Minister that 11 out of 19 intake wells were completed already and
the remaining were in different stages of completion.

Intake wells

All the intake wells were expected to be completed by March-end and they would be in a position
to pump water from April.

On the progress of WTPs the officials explained that 3 out of a total of 50 were completed so far
and another 10 were nearing completion with over 75% work done already. Similarly, over 50%
work was over in case of another 11 WTPs, over 25% in case of 20 more and in the remaining 6
WTPs work done was less than 25%.

However, representatives of the work agencies said they would complete all WTPs by June-end.

The Chief Minister asked the work agencies to complete works in time and claim 1% incentive.
Representatives of seven States had visited Telangana to study the implementation of the drinking
water project launched by the Prime Minister in August last year.

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Road safety clubs to spring up across Telangana State

Hyderabad: Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy today suggested that the parents should stop
giving two-wheelers to their minor children of teen age to avoid road accidents.

Launching 28th National Road Safety Week celebrations at KBR Park along with Transport Dept
Principal Secretary Sunil Sharma and other officials, the minister said fatal road accidents could be
avoided with awareness among the public. The parents will have to face stringent action if they
failed to prevent their children from riding bikes and other two-wheelers, he warned.

“Special vigilance is put in place at accident-prone roads and national highways. Everyone should
follow road safety norms and feel it a social responsibility to ensure that road accidents do not
occur. We are taking steps to ensure that liquor and wine sale is stopped along the highways. We
need to protect our lives by being extra cautious on roads which are vulnerable and prone to the
accidents”, he said.

Mahender Reddy said the Transport Dept officials have identified such accident spots on the roads,
national and state highways, he said. Expressing concern over 1.50 lakh road accident deaths
across the nation every year, including 7,000 in Telangana, he stressed the need for careful driving
following road safety norms. He said world standard drivers training institute is being set up with Rs
18 crore Central funds at Siricilla. Similar institutes will be set up at districts to reduce accidents
and create awareness among the people through massive publicity, he maintained.

The minister asked the petrol bunks to deny petrol to customers, who were not wearing helmets.
The government is firm to prevent the road accidents through promotion of short films, awareness
programs, road safety clubs at educational institutions.

Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said a State wide penalty policy is going to come up across
the State for road safety. Violation of norms or road safety will attract fine from the people, he said.
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KCR turned `hero’ for retired Army personnel

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday reiterated that his government is committed to the
welfare of the retired Army personnel. The Telangana State government is setting up a large fund
for the Sainik welfare.

Speaking on the occasion, several retired Army personnel said that in the past no other Chief
Minister ever bothered even to give them appointment or listen to their genuine problems.
Chandrashekhar Rao is the only Chief Minister in the country who is thinking about the Sainik
Welfare, the Army personnel lauded the CM. “Chief Minister Sir, We are treating you as one of
our members of the profession and we look towards you as a true Commander”, the Army
personnel said in an emotion-choked voice. They later raised slogans, “Jai Jawan! Jai Kisan, Jai
Telangana! Jai KCR!”

reiterated that his government is committed to the welfare of the retired Army personnel. The
Telangana State government is setting up a large fund for the Sainik welfare.
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Telangana govt. committed to quota for minorities: KCR

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asserted that his Government was committed to
implementing 12 per cent reservations to Minorities as assured and steps had been initiated to
introduce a legislation in the State Legislature during the forthcoming budget session.

The Chief Minister clarified that the Government decided to implement quota for Muslims on the
basis of their social, economic and educational backwardness and not on religious basis. He was
replying to a query raised by BJP member G. Kishan Reddy about the possible legal problems as
the courts had struck down the earlier legislations given on the religious basis. “We have initiated
steps to remedy the injustice done to the minority communities over the past several decades in the
united State and I am confident that the quota issue will be a reality soon,” Mr. Rao said replying to
a marathon debate on the steps initiated for the benefit of minorities by the TRS Government.

Refering to Tamil Nadu where the reservation was being implemented since 1994, he said there
was no reason why the State Government could not implement it in Telangana when the
neighbouring State could ensure its incorporation in the IXth schedule of the Constitution.

Legal recourse

“We are confident of convincing the Central Government to include the quota for Muslims in the
IXth schedule and the State could opt for legal recourse if there are hurdles at the Central level,” he
said adding that the Government would introduce a legislation in this regard in the budget session.
This would be followed by leading an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for
convincing him to ratify the decision of the State where Muslim minorities constituted over 14 per
cent of the population.

While Congress member T. Jeevan Reddy lamented that the Government failed to keep its promise
two-and - a-half years after coming to power, MIM member Akbaruddin Owaisi wanted the
Government to tread cautiously as the issue involved legal complications. “The Government should
tread cautiously even if it takes time to ensure that the existing quota of four per cent is not
affected,” he said. The Chief Minister made it clear that the existing quota of four per cent to
minorities was well within the purview of the 50 per cent cap on reservations and it would not be
impacted by the introduction of 12 per cent quota.
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