In order to assist the rapid urbanisation in Telangana, the State government has decided to constitute governing bodies for all proposed urban development authorities (UDAs).

With the addition of the existing Hyderabad Metropolitan Authority (HMDA) and Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA), the government had recently created UDAs for Karimnagar, Khammam and Nizamabad.

KT Rama Rao, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, said about 40% of the states population was urban against the national average of about 30%.

With the recent decision of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to upgrade the existing Nagar panchayats to municipalities, our urban population will hit 45% of our total population. Hence, we have proposed to establish new UDAs to develop infrastructure for smooth transition and urbanisation, he said.

He added, The UDAs will make effective use of these funds for development of the area under their jurisdiction as well as prepare master plans to facilitate the development of the city or town and adjoining villages.

The minister also asserted that UDAs will be provided with fund from time to time through various sources including its own revenues besides funds from the central and state governments. Telangana Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TUFIDC) will also provide funds for select projects.

He also assured the legislators that unlike municipal corporations, the inclusion of surrounding villages in the UDAs will not result in any additional taxation on the locals and instead, would create better infrastructure. He said only development charges will be collected for new layouts under development.

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