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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Hyderabad Is Changing!!! New Look for city,Thanks to COP - 11

21:00 Posted by vijay pasham , , No comments
Hey guys did you noticed hyderabad is changing!!! I mean noticed this on going GHMC works on roads, parks, flyovers, pavements, etc,..since few weeks in city specially hi-tech city area??? Yeah did you know why is this all happening its not development its just beautification.

hmmm Hyderabad gears up to host its biggest international event "Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties(COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity"  THANKS TO COP MEET ATLEAST IN THIS WAY WE DEVELOPING ;) 

Lets Look into detail what is COP and how hyderabad is changing...

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.
To date the Conference of the Parties has held 10 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years. To date the Conference of the Parties has taken a total of 299 procedural and substantive decisions.
The Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was be held in Nagoya, Japan (18 - 20 October 2010). The Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will take place in Hyderabad,India in October 2012.

COP 11 India Portal: http://www.cbdcop11india.in/home.html

International Portal: http://www.cbd.int/

Venue Information:


Spread over an area of 35 acres, together HICC and HITEX comprise the complete venue for CoP11 to CBD and MoP6. All the activities and meetings during the conference duration will be held across this ultra-modern convention and exhibition centre. Complex has Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre (5 star business hotel) and several other premium hotels in close proximity.


HICC is South Asia's finest convention centre, offering state of the art exhibition, meeting and convention services. The venue is 45 minutes’ drive from The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. HICC is integrated with a 287-room-capacity 5 star hotel, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre.
All conference plenary sessions will take place at HICC halls.


HITEX, a world class venue, is India's one of the most modern Exhibition facilities.
Exhibition and cafeteria during CoP11 to CBD will be setup in HITEX Buildings.

Venue Map:

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Route Map:

Map with COP 11 Venues and Major Hotels in Hyderabad:

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Related News on COP 11:

Andhra Pradesh CM says International Bio-diversity Conference to be held in a big way in Hyderabad:
The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said that the International Bio-diversity Conference will be held in a big way in Hyderabad. He said that funds will not be a problem and asked the Departments to put in their best efforts to make it a big success. The International Bio-diversity Conference (CoP-11) (XI Conference of Parties), the biggest event ever to be held in independent India, will be held from October 1st to 19th, 2012 at Hyderabad. Ministerial Delegations from 193 countries will be participating in the Convention which includes Heads of States from about 10 countries.

The Chief Minister today held a detailed review meeting with Secretaries and Heads of all departments concerned at Secretariat. Chief Secretary Mr Pankaj Dwivedi, Special Chief Secretary, Environment and Forests, Mr.M.Samuel, Principal Secretary, Finance, Mr.V.Bhasker, Principal Secretary, MA&UD, Mr. B.Sam Bob, Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. T.S.Appa Rao, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Ms.Chandana Khan, Principal Secretary, Health, Mr. Ratna Kishore, Commissioner, GHMC, Mr.M.T.Krishna Babu, City Police Commissioner, Hyderabad, Mr.Anurag Sharma, MD, APSRTC, Mr.A.K.Khan, Principal Secretary to CM, Mr.Binoy Kumar, Secretary to CM, Mr.K.S.Jawahar Reddy, Special Secretary to CM, Mr.S.S.Rawat and other officials attended the meeting. The Chief Minister said that the City should be most beautiful with road works completed, Pylon in place. He also said that the State should do whatever is needed in consonance with the theme of the Biodiversity Conference well before it starts. He also reminded the officials that Union Agriculture Minister Mr.Sharad Pawar declared that a World Class aquarium will come up in Hyderabad. 

The Officials explained to the Chief Minister about the preparedness for the Convention on Biological Diversity. As far as City beautification plans are concerned, the GHMC has identified 125 Kms of main roads from Airport to the venue, hotels and other important tourist places in and around Hyderabad. They initiated taking action on priority items like re-carpeting of roads, lane marking, improvement of drains, junctions, and foot-paths, etc. 22 Roads are identified leading to various important hotels and historical places from the venue.

Some of the above roads belongs to R&B and NH Departments. GHMC is taking up beautification of all the roads and recarpeting pertains to GHMC Roads. Recarpeting of the R&B and NH Roads will be taken up by the respective wings. Renovation and Development of fountains along the roads and in parks will be taken up. Renovation of Major parks, Theme parks and City Level Parks will also be taken up. All the parks in the City will wear a new look with more greenways. Consultants have been engaged for preparation of an Action Plan for Landscape designing in Central Media, Traffic Islands, Major Parks and Theme Parks.Proposals are under process. Five nurseries are proposed to stock and maintain potted plants with support systems like drip irrigation, shade net etc. 5000 Bushy potted plants, 5000 tall palms/ trees, 1,25,000 flowering seasonals will also be procured.

To lend a dramatic effect to the City and accentuate its old world charm, a special lighting strategy is being devised that covers a full range of outdoor illumination, from streetlights to lighting on individual sites and buildings in coordination with Tourism department. Professional sculptors from across the country will converge on the city and create sculptures made of stones and boulders with the assistance of Jawaharlal Nehru College of Fine Arts & Architecture.The finished works will be installed in various traffic islands and waysides. In collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru College of Fine Arts & Architecture, pieces of art will be made using Metal and Wood and kept at traffic islands and waysides.

A series of themed mural paintings depicting the Hyderabadi culture and its ethos will adorn the long concrete walls, columns under the flyovers and important traffic islands of the City. The various clock towers spread across the City represent a distinctive period design that is surprisingly modern in its minimalism.The Clock Towers are considered to be the finest public landmarks and are structures that the City takes pride in. Several initiatives will be undertaken to beautify them. In a bid to promote sustainable transportation, GHMC aims to create biking infrastructure that will comprise of protected bike lanes. As part of that initiative, GHMC will lay a cycle track from HITEX to Shilparamam and Kothaguda to Cyber Towers. 

Appeal has already been given for private player participation to explore massive advertising and brand activation opportunity the city presents during the event. Positive response received from banking organizations like SBI, SBH, Andhra Bank, Canara Bank etc., major corporate companies viz., GVK Group, L&T Group, Dr. Reddy Lab, NFCL, Ramky, APREDA, Apollo Hospitals etc., towards beautification of the city, thereby projecting a corporate social responsibility image.
The Bio Diversity Convention will be the perfect platform to initiate citizen and private player engagement in communication, education and public awareness campaigns which protect and harness the city's biodiversity. In view of shortage of time inter departmental committee of officers from horticulture, forest and GHMC, HMDA proposed for procurement of good quality plant material from various nurseries. In view of shortage of contractors having experience in signages works relaxation of registration with government departments requested with proper turnover to get adequate response in the tender. Sanction of additional enforcement teams consisting of one Inspector and two Sub-Inspectors requested for each zone to carryout drive for maintaining cleanliness in the city (to prevent debris, wall posters, flexi boards, un-authorised road cuttings).

Meanwhile Police Department is getting geared up with their machinery to provide necessary security to VVIPs. All arrangements will be made for the safe and smooth conduct of the convention and bandobust arrangements will be made. The Chief Minister told the Police officials to see that safety city infrastructure also make a headway during the conference. Tourism department is identifying important tourist spots for their maintenance.

Nodal Committee meeting on Culture was held recently and action is initiated to prepare action plan to show-case our rich heritage. The Tourism department will also provide training for tourist guides, volunteers and establish help desks at Airport and other important points. Brochures on important tourist spots will be distributed to the delegates. National Food Festival and Craft Festival will be held during the Conference. Cultural programmes will be held at different places like HICC, Shilpakala Vedika, Chow Mohalla Palance etc. Pylon, Museum and Bio-diversity Park: A suitable site was identified in APIIC land situated on the highway leading from Gachibowli to Mehidipatnam, opposite Hotel "Quality Inn". A final decision will be taken after the visit by Chief Minister and other Ministers. A.P. Bio-diversity Board has called for Expression of Interest (EoI) from expert architects for suitable designs. Three parties have submitted their designs. Forest Department is taking action to develop Bio-diversity Park by planting suitable species at Dulapally.

As decided by Chief Minister, the State Government have issued orders vide G.O.Rt. No.189/EFS&T (Forest-II) Department, dated: 18.4.2012 constituting the following coordination committees. State Level Steering Committee headed by CM; State Level Coordination Committee headed by CS and COP-11 Secretariat. Nodal Committees: Reception, Accommodation, Food and Protocol, Transport, Security, City beautification and up keeping, Cultural, Exhibition, Media, Medical & Health facilities, Side events, Venue & Stage preparations Committees are formed and these committees were assigned certain functions and duties and were requested to hold their internal meetings and inform the action taken from time to time. A meeting was held with 56 NGOs on 12.4.2012 and their inputs and support was requested for run up and side events for COP-11. Professional Conference Organiser (PCO): The Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), M/s Mind Communications & Ideas (MCI) has been appointed by MoEF, Government of India on 3.5.2012 and interacted with the CS and the Spl. CS, EFS&T. The Chief Secretary held a review meeting with all secretaries and HoDs concerned, Joint Secretary, MoEF and PCO on 1.5.2012.

He instructed the Nodal Committees to hold meetings and start immediate action in coordination with PCO. With regard to cultural programmes, it was decided to have "Andhra Pradesh Day" showcasing Andhra Pradesh culture on 17th or 18th October, 2012 in the high level segment. The Executive Secretary CBD, Montreal, Mr.Braulio Ferreira visited Hyderabad from 19-21, May 2012, inspected HICC (Venue) and held discussions with officials of Forest, Police, A.P. Bio-diversity Board, Tourism, Municipal Administration, National Bio-diversity Authority, and PCO on 21.5.2012 and called on the Chief Secretary.

The Hindu Business Line
The Andhra Pradesh Government and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are planning a series of initiatives to improve the civic infrastructure, and also, deck up the city ahead of the mega global Biodiversity Summit to be held at Hyderabad in October.

The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has directed the officials of the municipal corporation to take up development works at an outlay of about Rs 577.35 crore for creating world-class infrastructure for the event, where heads of State and ministerial delegations from over 193 countries are expected to participate.

As a part of infrastructure improvement, it is proposed to recarpet roads, improve drainage system and pavements, creating new signage in coordination with the National Highways Authority of India and Roads and Buildings Department of the State.

The Government has finalised tenders for a modernisation project of traffic signals with an outlay of Rs 65 crore. The state-owned enterprise BEL has been awarded the mandate. A coordination committee headed by the Principal Secretary Municipal Administration and Urban Development has been constituted to monitor the progress of development and implementation of the planned initiatives.

As per estimates, about Rs 1,000 crore is required to host an event of this magnitude. The United Nations, through its agencies, the Centre and the State Government would pool in to take up various works. The 10th Biodiversity Summit held at Nagoya, Japan had over 10,000 delegates participating.

During a review meet, the Chief Minister has proposed a museum, pylon and a park. Ahead of the summit, a stretch of over 125 km of roads have been identified for improvement, including development of footpaths.

The Government sees this event boosting tourism in the State.

GHMC proposes 5-year freeze on road cutting in city
Citizens can hope for a smooth ride on most city roads with civic officials planning to stop indiscriminate road cutting by various private and government agencies. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has prepared plans to provide common ducts for utilities like cable and other service providers on identified roads.
Disclosing this at a press conference here on Monday, GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu said the common ducts, storm water drains, footpaths and carriageway improvements would be taken up on 170 kilometres (km) length of identified roads in the city. In the first phase, 60 km, including two stretches__ Indira Park-RTC Crossroads and Charminar-Falaknuma__ would be taken up, he added.

The commissioner said frequent road cutting by private cable, telecom and internet service providers and government agencies like the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) and Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) has been damaging roads in the city. Hanging cable wires have been posing threat, resulting in road accidents, he added.

"Now, the corporation has decided to freeze roads from further cuttings. We had a meeting with all major telecom, internet and cable operators today. The operators have been asked to give their future plans by next Friday as no road cutting permission will be given in the next five years," Krishna Babu said.

Similarly, the GHMC officials would hold a meeting with representatives of HMWS&SB and CPDCL to discuss the issue and seek their plans for the next five years on the selected roads. "Our plan is to take up 60 km length of road in the first phase. Every six months, 60 km length will be taken up as the cost of the entire 170 kms GHMC would work out to about Rs 700 crore," the GHMC chief said.

Apart from 170 km to be developed by the GHMC, another 73 km length of road, mostly on metro rail corridors, would be taken up the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited. The corporation has also prioritised another 840 km road stretch on which buses ply, however, it will be taken up in the later phases.

He said a decision has not been taken yet on modalities on who has to give permission for road cutting and maintain common ducts on the proposed model roads.

Krishna Babu said another 100 km length of the road, including tourist spots, would be refurbished and developed in the city in view of the Conference on Biodiversity slated to be held in the city in September. Delegates from over 190 countries would take part in the conference, he said. He said the state government has urged the Centre to release Rs 800 crore for various city infrastructure development works and the state government would also release funds for improvement of infrastructure in the wake of Biodiversity conference.

Civic infra bodies get a raw deal in Budget

Though the Finance Minister takes pride in the fact that Hyderabad is hosting the Eleventh Conference of Parties (CoP11) to the Convention on Bio-Diversity (CBD) from October 1 to 19 this year, there is no mention of any allocation for this purpose in the budget. The GHMC authorities have sought special assistance of Rs 200 crore from the state government and another Rs 800 crore from the central government for civic infrastructure improvement and beautification of the metropolis for the mega-event.

AP CM asks officials to spruce state capital before intl meet

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today directed his officials to take up various developmental work here given that the city would be hosting the prestigious International Biodiversity Convention in October this year. The development works listed by the CMO are estimated to cost Rs 557.35 crore. They include strengthening and recarpeting of BT roads, remodelling of storm water drainage, improvement of side walks, modern lighting, lane marking, traffic islands, signages, street furniture, traffic signals, improvement of sanitation, development of greenery on traffic islands among others, a release from Chief Minister's office said. The Convention will be held from October 1 to 19 and it is likely to be attended by representatives from over 100 countries.

Hyderabad's IT hub to be on fast lane soon
Residents of Industrial Area Local Authority (IALA) in Madhapur, Gachibowli and surrounding places will have a smooth ride soon with the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Roads and Buildings (R&B) deciding to develop nine major roads.

Gachibowli (Old Bombay highway) to Meenakshi Tech park, Madhapur main road to Inorbit Mall near Durgamchervu, Madhapur (near Ratnadeep) to APIIC Raheja Park, Wipro junction to Gopanpally, Nallagandla to Gopanpally IT buildings and Nanakramguda expressway junction to Phoenix Info City stretches have been proposed for development.


Some roads would be taken up by APIIC, while GHMC would take up stretches where property has to be acquired and R&B would develop roads under its jurisdiction. For example, the Old Bombay highway road to Wipro Junction via Khajaguda has been proposed for widening to 120ft. Part of the five-km road falls in R&B's jurisdiction and part in APIIC. As the R&B had already paid Rs five crore for land acquisition, another Rs 8 crore would be paid to GHMC to acquire remaining properties and laying road by the APIIC. Wipro Junction-Gopanpally stretch would be widened to 150 ft by R&B. "The Old Bombay Highway has already been widened and GHMC will provide service roads, footpaths, central median and storm water drains on the 150ft road at a cost of Rs 36 crore, which will be borne by APIIC," GHMC additional commissioner K Dhananjaya Reddy told TOI.

First pedestrian-friendly road soon

The stage is set for the first pedestrian-friendly road in the city. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has started making efforts to convert Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills as a model road with a footpath and other pedestrian facilities of international standard. While designs and detailed study of the road have been completed, civil works are likely to begin soon.A few months ago, the GHMC had decided to develop some roads with pedestrian facilities and even conducted meetings with non-government organisations and traffic police. Initially, five roads -- Road No. 10 and 12 of Banjara Hills, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Himayatnagar-Liberty Road and the road opposite Salarjung Museum -- were chosen for development.On a pilot basis, the GHMC has been decided to take up Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills in view of the upcoming Conference of Parties in October. The road is a crucial link as it provides connectivity to Hi-Tec City. With traffic volume increasing manifold after it was widened to 100 feet, it was declared as a commercial road in 2005.As of now, there is a footpath on the road, but not sufficient space for pedestrians as it has been occupied by residents and business establishments. There are also encroachments like transformers of apartments and commercial complexes, bus shelters and high tension lines. There are also trees on the footpath which have become major obstacle for widening the footpath. At some places, residents have been dumping debris on the footpath.

"As per norms, a footpath should be three-metre wide and 18 inches in height. We will remove encroachments and expand wherever possible. A detailed design of road pavement, including geometric design, crust deficiency and requirement to road design standards as per the Indian Road Congress and Morth standards were done," GHMC engineer-in-chief R Dhan Singh told TOI.

GHMC officials, including commissioner MT Krishna Babu, along with representatives of Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL), inspected the road a few days ago and discussed the issue of shifting transformers and electric lines from the pavement.

The corporation had last year entrusted the job of carrying out comprehensive road development study and inventory of road conditions in the city to certain agencies. It was decided to have underground sewer lines by the side of the road and also a common duct to put an end to hanging wires. About 100 km stretch has also beeb identified for construction of permanent cable ducts along the road.

Private telephone companies, cable operators and other service providers have been asked to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to construct ducts on these stretches. The companies were asked to give their plans for digging as road cutting would not be permitted on roads for the next five years.GHMC officials, however, said since there was no time to have a common duct, they would confine to pavement facilities with aesthetics.

The international bio-diversity conference, referred to as ‘CoP 11' (conference of parties), being held in Hyderabad for 19 days from October 1, will be one of the biggest events of Andhra Pradesh in the recent times.Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries from various countries are likely to attend it along with an estimated 10,000 delegates, representing 200 nations. According to initial estimates, a sum of Rs. 300 crore will be spent on the conference in which the UNO is also involving itself, out of which Rs. 210 crore will be sanctioned by the Centre.A meeting convened here on Thursday by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on arrangements being made for the conference, identified Hyderabad International Convention Centre and Hi-Tex Convention Centre as the venues for the event.

125 km stretch of main roads from Shamshabad airport to Madhapur have been identifiedOver 125 km stretch of main roads from Shamshabad airport to Madhapur have been identified for improvement and beautification along with some important hotels and tourist places in and around Hyderabad in connection with the international bio-diversity conference being held here in October.Action has already been initiated for re-carpeting 22 roads, leading to various important hotels and historical sites from the two venues of the conference at Madhapur. Professional sculptors from across the country will converge here to make stone statues and give shape to boulders with assistance from Jawaharlal Nehru College of Fine Arts & Architecture.The finished works will be installed at various traffic islands and waysides.

According to a press note issued by the CMO, fountains in major parks and on roadsides will be renovated.

Consultants have been engaged for preparation of an action plan for landscape designing in central areas and traffic islands and parks.

With barely two-and-a-half months to go for the prestigious international biodiversity summit to be held in the city, the government has finally relented and released Rs.125 crore grant to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for decking up the capital.

Mayor Majid Hussain and Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu announced at a press conference on Friday that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had assured more funds depending on the expenditure for improving civic infrastructure for the meet.

Over 10,000 delegates from around 193 countries are expected to attend the meeting to be held at HICC, Madhapur in October. The Commissioner said the council had already approved works involving an expenditure of Rs. 400 crore to be taken up with government support and tenders would be called immediately for works involving an expenditure of Rs.125 crore.

Civic works are to be taken up across 22 traffic corridors stretching to 125 km of roads leading to HICC, international airport, railway stations, star hotels and places of heritage importance. About Rs. 50 crore is to be spent for drains, Rs. 50 crore for sidewalks, Rs. 42 crore for uniform signages, road markers and hazard markers, Rs.89 crore for road profile corrections and Rs.25 crore for greenery.

“We have lined up Rs. 250 crore worth of works even if some of them may not be completed in time for the summit,” they said. These improvements would be for municipal roads only as the Roads & Buildings Department as well as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would be spending close to Rs. 40 crore on their own.

GHMC identified S.P. Road (Begumpet), Charminar, Madhapur, Banjara Hills Road Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 36, Tolichowki, Gachibowli and Ameerpet-M.J. Market stretch for repairs by these departments. Few road stretches were also being handed over to public sector firms and corporates for three years maintenance.


The SBH in association with JNTU Fine Arts is organising a sculptors’ camp next month. Firms like L&T, GVK, NFCL, APREDA, Nagarjuna Constructions, Ramky, Greenko, Mantri Developers, Radission BLU, Butta Group, Apollo Hospitals, Kamineni Hospitals and others were also pitching in contributing Rs. 7 crore.

Thirty-five fountains in various parts of the city are to be revived at a cost of Rs.51 lakh and Rs.1.28 crore will being spent for sprucing up 14 major parks. A sum of Rs. 83 lakh has been sanctioned for the Charminar Pedestrianisation project, they said.

Round-the-clock sanitation units with 18,063 workers are to be pressed into service with additional vehicles to be monitored by senior officials even during nights.

Mr. Majid Hussain and Mr. Krishna Babu appealed to the shopkeepers and businessmen to help keep the city clean by not littering the roads. Citizens were also urged not to throw debris indiscriminately as designated dumps have been assigned for each zone. Those defacing walls by sticking posters, flexis and the likes would be punished.

Fines ranging from Rs.100 to Rs.10,000 are to be levied for littering, debris dumping or defacing and even criminal cases will be booked for repeat offenders, they warned.

Trash bins to be shifted to lanes
Garbage bins located on the main roads will be shifted into the interior lanes and bylanes of Hyderabad. A large number of vehicles will be hired, and the number of trips to clear the garbage increased considerably. What's more, notice boards will be displayed, informing the citizens about the time of garbage clearance for each bin. Hundreds of new garbage bins are being procured to put an end to open garbage dumping points.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is laying a special focus on keeping the city clean in view of the upcoming international biodiversity conference (COP-11). GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu has issued a series of directions to officials, contractors and workers while reviewing the sanitation activities. Women sweeping the roads will be given brooms with long handles so that they are less exposed to dust and get relief from backpain. A large number of roads will be cleaned during nights when traffic is less. A higher number of bins will be placed at various places in the city to reduce open garbage dumping, and shopkeepers will be fined for throwing garbage outside their shops.

Mr Krishna Babu expressed a displeasure for not displaying the schedule of garbage bins’ lifting. He directed the deputy municipal commissioners to install boards within a week. He asked the officials to pass on the information regarding newly formed seven-member groups to sweep the roads. Hand-held computers will be given to to sanitary supervisors to inspect and levy fines for garbage dumping. Police cases would be booked if culprits continued to dump garbage after being fined twice, he warned.

The commissioner instructed sanitation officials to take up the sweeping of roads in day time where the vehicular traffic is less. He directed the deputy commissioners to focus more on night sweeping.

 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to record info on biological diversity
HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will collect information pertaining to biological diversity - plants, animals, birds and aquatic species - of the city. Apart from collecting information in person from citizens, the corporation will also collect information online.GHMC has come up with the idea of documenting information on biological diversity in the wake of the upcoming conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in October. It has also decided to implement the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and the AP Biological Diversity Rules 2009.Under these, a local bio-diversity management committee would be constituted and headed by the mayor as its ex-officio chairman. The committee would function under the guidance of the State Biodiversity Board, National Biodiversity Authority and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), according to a press release issued on Monday.As part of the People's Biodiversity Register, the GHMC would document flora and fauna of Greater Hyderabad, any traditional knowledge/beliefs related to plants, animals, birds and aquatic life, any written or published data on plants, animals, birds and fish and traditional knowledge that were found in Hyderabad and extinct now. Apart from this, the names and residential details of traditional dwellers from fishing and hunting communities, cooks, who are above 65 years and having good remembrance of the traditional varieties of plants, animals and birds, would also be documented.GHMC has asked citizens and organisations, especially from the fields of local naturalists, herbalists, agriculturists, non-timber forest produce collectors, traders, fisher-folk and others to send information and photographs to hydbmc@gmail.com along with details of the contributor like address, contact number and profession to the corporation.

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

City set to get a ‘green makeover’
 To give the city a befitting image during the COP-11, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will take up eco-friendly measures.
The civic body is laying cycle tracks in and around Hitec City to promote the concept of Green Hyderabad. It is also beautifying the landscapes in central medians and traffic islands. Developing major parks as well new theme parks are a few of the other green initiatives that are planned.
Major roads are going to get a complete make-over with murals to adorn pillars. The road surface on important stretches is being improved by milling the existing surface for profile and camber correction and resurfacing for a smooth ride.
The improvement of footpaths and stormwater drains in the identified corridors, the modernisation of traffic signals, illuminations near tourist and historic places as well as the repair and restoration of clock towers and fountains are on the anvil.

Consultants have been appointed to develop the designs for road signage and street furniture. Traffic signage for different categories like mandatory, regulatory, caution, warning and information signs will be put up along the corridors to facilitate easy travelling for visitors to the city.
Information sign boards have been proposed at all major road junctions, bus and railway stations, and airports. Hyderabad is all set to welcome the world.

GHMC to erect new sign boards

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to erect new signboards on important road stretches in view of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-11).

As part of beautification of the city along with providing information to delegates participating in the COP-11, the corporation has decided to provide signboards on 17 roads by dividing them into three packages, GHMC engineer-in-chief R Dhan Singh said.

The roads include Hi-Tec City to Nagarjuna Circle, Road No 1 and 12 to Jubilee Hills checkpost, Telugu Talli flyover to CTO via Tank Bund, RP Road to NTR Statue at Rasoolpura, Raj Bhavan to Ravindra Bharathi, Golconda Fort to Tolichowki, SD Eye Hospital to Outer Ring Road at Gachibowli and other stretches.

The new signboards indicating important locations and tourists spots would be erected at a cost of Rs 9 crore. Two firms have been engaged for erecting the signboards within 75 days, of which 629 boards would be the street names, 58 gantries, 454 triangular boards and 84 cantilever signboards.

GHMC has already started beautification works on flyovers with the help of JNTU College of Fine Arts.

Corporates give Rs 7cr for COP-11
Private and corporate companies have come forward to take up over Rs 7 crore worth works to beautify the city for the ensuing international conference on biodiversity, also known as Conference of Parties (COP-11).

The mural work displaying dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchupudi, and Kathakali will adorn the pillars and ramps of Punjagutta flyover.

The Shilparamam flyover will have the pictures of musical instruments of India. 

The sports theme is being planned to deck up the flyover at Gachibowli.

Designs and themes that echo the culture and tradition of India, Hyderabad and biodiversity are being planned to showcase the city in all its splendour to the delegates of COP-11, which will be held from October 1 to 17.

Corporate firms will beautify central medians with greenery and flowering shrubs. Telecom and mobile phone companies are being roped in to put up messages and other forms of biodiversity conference-related arts and welcome messages on 400 hoardings located on COP-11 routes. The state government on Tuesday accorded administrative sanction for the release of Rs 15 crore to the HMDA to take up works in connection with COP-11.



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