Newly founded Telangana’s Minister for Information Technology and Panchayat Raj, K.Taraka Rama Rao, announced that roof-top solar panels would be made compulsory for new buildings coming up, and requested the GHMC to enforce the relevant regulation.
Rao also disclosed the government’s intentions to provide urban facilities in rural areas in order to improve quality of life. He stated the challenge before the government is to make cities smarter and to provide urban facilities in rural parts too.
“One cannot recognize the difference between rural and urban areas, he sought to remind that 39 per cent of Telangana State is in its urban parts. Better energy management, traffic management, sanitation, water supply, health and education are primary requirements for smart cities in India,” he noted.
Listing out the initiatives of the government for making city safe and green, he added that technology would be leveraged to ensure quality of life and better living standards.
GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said the congress would be a melting pot of various ideas of smart cities, and further enriches the discourse.