Spatial Manifestation of Hyderabad and Telangana

Spatial Manifestation of Hyderabad and Telangana
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Spatial Manifestations of Hyderabad And Telangana. The city of Hyderabad with an area of 260 sq. km posits in the center of Telangana districts is hurting the development of Telangana.

The city of Hyderabad with an area of 260 sq. km posits in the center of Telangana districts is hurting the development of Telangana. Today Hyderabad influence permeates another 200 km radius directly or indirectly and geographically it is eclipsing almost all the districts of Telangana, except Adilabad and Khammam. With the advent of four-lane highways the distance to northern and southern districts has been drastically cut down. Several nearby mid-size towns such as Sangareddy, Siddipet, Kamareddy, Vikarabad, Shadnagar and Suryapet more or less have become satellite towns and have the potential to develop the region.

In case an investor wants to start an industry, he or she would prefer Hyderabad in lieu of any Telangana district lessening the chances of industrialization of the region, unless solid connectivity and necessary infrastructure is in place. It is same to other sectors as well – education and health – due to geographical exigencies. The development of the region needs special kind of debate due to the peculiar geographical location of Hyderabad which dominates Telangana and is one of the major factors for the region’s ‘backwardness.’

Another underlying reason is the urbanization. The 21st century will see a marked weakness of agriculture for economic development and India’s urban population will double by the year 2030. Agriculture and agro-based employment and economic activity have limited opportunities and value added by agriculture is around one-fourth to the state’s economy. Cities are at the forefront of world’s economy and have become engines of commerce, opportunity, culture and quality of life. Cities generate 70 percent of global GDP and 50 percent of the world’s production fits into 1.5 percent of earth’s land. For instance, more than 50 percent revenue is generated for the state exchequer from Hyderabad, so also Cairo using 0.5% of Egypt’s area.
The type of the development Telangana needs to be explored from an urbanization perspective. Earlier the elite of the region due to Naxalism have relocated to the city with a minimal presence in their native places and now ordinary people from the region, too, have followed the pattern for economic reasons. Non-agricultural sector opportunities will be important to the development agenda in coming decades.
Due to spatial manifestation of Hyderabad in the region, it is incumbent to design or show viable development initiatives. The Deputy CM Damodar has indicated education will be a short- and long-term priority – it is a welcome strategy. It is pertinent to examine unconventional processes and business models.
Telangana can become a manufacturing powerhouse. Reliable infrastructure, removal of red tape, and development of high-speed road connectivity among Telangana districts augur well. This will enable a large number of factories to locate to smaller interior towns that have lower land costs to create a large industrial base. The role of district headquarters is critical as economy drivers from existing administrative roles.
Manufacturing requires transparent rules, and can address the unemployment and economic development issues. The district headquarters can be developed into world-class towns to supplement Hyderabad, to attract financial capital and to drive the growth, and extend the city further from Cyberabad to Factorybad and beyond.
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