The Ascent of Telangana in Urban Pecking Order

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Dr Ravi Gupta

Dr Ravi Gupta

Driven by innovative policies and a determination to reinvent itself, India’s newly formed State of Telangana seems earnestly moving towards its goal to epitomise urban development in the country.

The approach, underpinning this ambitious target, is this State government’s sharp focus on developing the State holistically by creating balance among social, cultural, economic and physical aspects of growth.

Our cover story ‘Telangana Takes High Road to Urbansiation’ aims to highlight the K Chandrashekar Rao government’s clarity of vision to achieve development by a structured urban growth. Twenty-four new development bodies have been assigned the task to cover all 31 districts of this State, ensuring an equitable growth.

A special interview of KT Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Information Technology, Government of Telangana, in this issue of eGov provides an up-close view of the development policy being followed by the State to prepare the blueprint of its development.

The issue also carries interviews of State bureaucrats, providing an insight into how technology and innovations are being harnessed by them in Telangana, taking good governance closer to the common man to ensure efficient delivery of services. In this city, as we learnt, citizens are also actively contributing to help government successfully carry out its initiatives.

We have also featured interviews of special personalities like Dr B Janardhan Reddy, Municipal Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC); along with other important ones like Rajeshwar Tiwari, Special Chief Secretary to Government, Health, Medical and Family Welfare; Sunil Sharma, Principal Secretary, Transport, Roads and Buildings; Harichandana Dasari, Sandesh Nayak, CEO, Jaipur Smart Mission Ltd; Jitender, and Mahender Reddy, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City.

The issue also features Smart City Summit held in Lucknow by Elets Technomedia in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The conference brought together policy makers, industry leaders and other stakeholders on one platform, highlighting key issues and helping all to understand future roadmap of making Lucknow a Smart City.

We hope the latest issue will bring new insights into the transformation happening in India’s urban landscape and be your guiding light.

Looking forward to our readers’ invaluable feedback.

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