HYDERABAD: The designing wing of the roads and buildings department is very weak and therefore the government was engaging the services of private agencies for designing buildings, admitted R&B minister Tummala Nageswara Rao.
‘’We are planning to strengthen the design wing of R&B department by appointing efficient engineers there. In future, the designs will be prepared by R&B department only,” Tummala Nageswara Rao told reporters here on Saturday.
Asked about engaging the services of private agencies like Hafeez Contractor for designing buildings, Rao said that Hafeez Contractor submitted designs for some buildings. Once the government approved them they would be executed.
On Congress’ criticism about shifting of Secretariat to Chest Hospital, Nageswara Rao said the integrated Secretariat complex proposed at the Chest Hospital was for the convenience of the public, as they could find all the officers of one department at one place.
The R&B minister said that they wanted Centre to declare six roads as National Highways. Rao said that they proposed to construct four bridges across Godavari and Krishna rivers. One bridge will come up on Godavari at a cost of Rs 70 crore to connect Bornapalli to Adilabad. Another bridge will come up on Krishna to connect Kurnool-Kollapur at a cost of Rs 193 crore. One more bridge on Krishna to connect Nalgonda-Guntur at a cost of Rs 50 crore and another bridge on Godavari to connect Panchagudi-Nizamabad at a cost of Rs 90 crore were also proposed, Rao said.