Hyderabad is now India's 2nd largest metro

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Hyderabad on Sunday (24th August) became the second largest city in India — in terms of geographical spread — and thus joined the elite league of metropolitan cities. With Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) replacing the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda), the state capital, which earlier enjoyed A1 status with a population of 75 lakhs spread across 725 sq. km of area, has now surpassed four other metros in terms of area: Mumbai (4,272 sq. km); Delhi (1,483 sq. km); Kolkata (1,425 sq. km) and; Chennai (1,167 sq. km).

A rendering of the upcoming Lanco Hills with its Signature tower

With a spread of 7,000 sq. km, Hyderabad is second only to Bengaluru, which is the largest metropolitan in India with an area of 8,000 sq. km. Apart from the 16 mandals of Hyderabad and 22 mandals of Ranga Reddy, 10 of the Medak district, four of Nalgonda and two mandals of the Mahbubnagar district have now come within the HMDA’s purview. The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy set the foundation stone for the HMDA central office near Hitex in Hyderabad on Sunday. While addressing the gathering, Dr Rajasekhar Reddy assured the residents of the twin cities that within the next four to five months, they will receive 24-hour piped water supply.

Statue of Buddha standing in the middle of Hussain Sagar lake

Dr Reddy said that the formation of the HMDA — by merging adjacent municipalities and villages with Hyderabad — has paved the way for the state capital’s development as a model metropolis. Several ministers and legislators also participated in the ceremony. The Huda vice-chairman, Mr K.S. Jawahar Reddy, has been appointed as HMDA metro commissioner.

News source: Deccan Chronicle

All pictures courtesy: Wikipedia & Skyscrapercity

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  • Chittaranjan

    Yippee! Hope that the living status also becomes on par of a Metropolis.

    On a sidenote, A friend of mine had to do some land registration and after roaming the offices for 3 days, he exclaims “huda ho ya hada ho ya hamda, maaki kirkiri same to same hain har jagah!!!” 😛

  • Liju Philip

    @Chittaranjan, all they are doing is expanding the size of the city and not bettering the living conditions. I have experienced at the passport office. Its still as corrupt as ever. With the submission of passports being accepted at e-seva counters too, hope the corruption will go down.

    @Manpreet, aaiye, aap ka intezaar hai 😀

    @Nova 🙂

  • Ganesh

    Wow! I am so happy, But not only in terms of geographical area, Also it should develop well in living standards and big skyscrapers, Clean and green city and good roads..

    Expecting it will become one of the good cities like other developed countries

  • Amit

    Wow!! I didn’t know that Hyderabad was that big. And the second pic looks really sexy. Hope it becomes a reality soon.

  • Saritha

    Hyderabad is growing with the skyscrapers so with the traffic.Traffic jams are every where, hardly any policemen to control to it and it is hell to drive on those roads.
    The very good thing of hyd is its new airport, it is on par with the airports of other countries.

  • Nelson Creer

    For the past three years alone,Hyderabad is rapidly changing,magnanimously and tremendously,,,few years to come and it may be replacing the current business capitals in India,,,

  • anil

    koti comes under which mandal.i know the district is hyderabad.please mail me as early as possible. i have to fill the scholarship form