KTR gets Municipal Administration and Urban Development Portfolio, This would be in addition to the IT and Panchayat Raj portfolios K T Rama Rao is presently holding.
Mr Rama Rao had been holding the information technology and panchayat raj portfolios since June 2014. Now, with the Maud ministry, he will be overall in-charge of admi-nistration of rural and urban areas in the state — with every inch of land falling under his jurisdiction. The Maud ministry was earlier held by the Chief Minister himself.
A single minister in the state has never held both rural and urban administration portfolios.
Mr Rama Rao will have to accomplish the gigantic task of finishing the safe drinking water project ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ as well as several other developmental projects initiated in municipalities and municipal corporations including strategic development plans in Hyderabad City.
There are six corporations in TS — Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Ramagundam, Warangal and Khammam — and 62 municipalities and nagara panchayats.
As for budget, after irrigation, which is held by minister T. Harish Rao, a major chunk will go to panchayati raj and urban development. Details will only be known in the upcoming Budget.