Hyderabad group, LA varsity to help revamp five GHMC wards

The agreements being signed in the presence of MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao and Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar on Friday.

Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) entered into two agreements on Friday to launch the model wards project and explore the feasibility of academic cooperation. The agreements were signed in the presence of Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister KT Rama Rao and Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar.

The model wards project aims to improve quality of life in five wards by coming up with sustainable solutions that will enable citizens face various urban challenges. These solutions will come from a rigorous data-driven study of the hurdles, along with roping in citizens to participate in arriving at these solutions.

GHMC signed a pact with Lakeer — a Hyderabad-based urban initiative to take up model wards project. The project will enable GHMC, HMWS&SB, HMDA and police to collaborate and share data, gather insights and work on citizen-centric solutions to urban problems.

The five wards where the project will run are Jeedimetla (Quthbullapur Circle), Cherlapalli (Kapra Circle) Rajendra Nagar (Rajendra Nagar Circle) Hydernagar (Kukatpally Circle) and Ahmed Nagar (Mehdipatnam Circle).

The municipal corporation signed another agreement with University of Southern California, Los Angeles, to explore academic cooperation for research collaboration with GHMC on social issues, public services delivery and compilation of best global practices.

This apart, online video training would also be conducted on best management practices, short courses for management officers on social enterprise and exchange programmes between GHMC staff and students.

ISO stamp for GHMC Serilingampally office

Meanwhile, GHMC’s Serilingampally office is the first government office to receive the ISO 14001:2005 green certification for being a zero waste office and having global best practices in environmental sustainability, the civic body said. The certificate was awarded for various practices adopted — tree plantation, energy saving using renewable energies, water conservation, reduce, reuse, and recycle, creation of first zero waste generating office and efficient and audited energy usage.