Karimnagar, the epicentre of Telangana statehood movement and the 3rd largest city in telangana State, was included in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart City mission programme on Thursday.
Telangana state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had recommended to the Union government the inclusion of Karimnagar town in the Smart City list, instead of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
KCR represented the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency in 2004, and had promised several sops to the town for supporting the statehood movement since the inception of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Later, Karimnagar MP B. Vinod Kumar, Mayor of Municipal Corporation of Karimnagar (MCK) S. Ravinder Singh, Commissioner Krishna Bhaskar and others had represented the issue to Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Accordingly, Smart Cities Director Munish Kumar Garg met Karimnagar MP B. Vinod Kumar in New Delhi and announced the inclusion of MCK in the Smart City Challenge
programme Rs. 2 cr. released
On the occasion, the Centre released Rs. 2 crore for the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR).
The Mayor, corporators and the municipal officials celebrated the announcement by distributing sweets and bursting crackers.