The mayor Mohd Majid Hussain, who had vowed “not to spend a paise” from the GHMC kitty for the World Biodiversity Conference taking place in Hyderabad in October is a subdued man today.
Not only did he have to go back on his stance but is now poised to spend Rs.70 crore for getting the City spruced up for the mega meeting, where world leaders will converge to thrash out the vexed problem of preserving biological diversity.
In a chat with Postnoon on Saturday, the mayor said, though he was not happy at the Rs.125 crore being released by the State government for the event, he would not cavil at it and proceed with the essential works to make the City presentable to the world’s eye.
The GHMC had sought Rs.400 crore to get the City decked up for the conference. So, where does the cut hit? “A bio-diversity museum, to begin with.“A green corridor along the route is another. Biological parks would also remain a dream,” he said. However, he is still pursuing for more funds and if it comes all these will be a reality.
With barely three months to go before the mega event, there is still a lot left to do. Over 12,000 people from 190 countries will descend on the City. One great relief, Majid Hussain noted, was the willingness of corporate sector to chip in. “Some 31 companies have promised works worth Rs.8 crore.”
Works GHMC wishes to do
- Development of 19 Corridors Rs.8.64 crore
- Installation of designed pots (5,900) Rs.179 crore
- Revival and construction of fountains Rs.75 lakh
- Renovation of parks Rs.128.56 crore
- Illumination of Tankbund and seven tombs Rs.2.24 crore
- Beautification of Charminar pedestrinisation project Rs.83.20 lakh
The CBD Kitty
- State govt contribution Rs.125 crore
- GHMC contribution Rs.70 crore
- Corporate companies contribution Rs.8 crore