The month of April has been the month of awards and significant achievements for the Hyderabad city. Right from playing a crucial role in the successful launch of Agni-V to the international Guinness World Record, set by Hyderabadi, Hyderabad is up for many accolades.
The below are the major developments in the Hyderabad city in the month of April, 2012.
- In the recent successful launch of Agni-V, India’s longest range ballistic missile, Hyderabad played a major role by supplying, designing and manufacturing majority of the components for Agni-V. Four out of six key laboratories participated from Hyderabad’s Defence Research Development Organization’s (DRDO) group – Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DERL).
- The South Central Railway has received Govind Vallabh Pant Efficiency Shield (jointly with Western Railways) for 2011-12 for its best performance in all the 17 zones of Indian railways from Indian railway ministry. Further, it has received All India Efficiency Shields in 6 disciplines.
- In the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Vienna, the airline customers have voted city’s Rajiv Gandhi International Aiport (RGIA) as the India’s third best airport-2012.
- 6 monuments from the city have been chosen for INTACH Heritage Awards, 2012. They are – Saif-Gulshan, Indi-European structure at Asif nagar; Chiran mosque at Jubilee Hills; Dargah Syed Shah Moosa Quadri at Puranapul; Ashur Khana Hussaini Alam; Rashtrapati Nilayam at Bolarum and Osman Sagar reservoir at Gandipet.
- B.Sai Kumar, a trainer in Vedic Maths and Vedic Memory from the city, has set a Guinness World Record through his ‘Super Subtraction Feat’ in which he subtracted 70 digit number from another in 60.05 seconds.
- The 1st and 2nd Year results of Intermediate exams have released. The performance of Hyderabad colleges showed no improvement from its previous year’s performance.
- GHMC has started issuing birth and death certificates at Citizen Service Centres (CSC’s) and also at eSeva/mee-seva centres.
- According to a study conducted by AP Pollution Control Board (APPCB), Charminar topped the list of most polluted areas in the city for the year 2011, followed by Punjagutta and Paradise.
- The city traffic department has decided to start penalizing ‘free left’ rule violators from May 1st. The violators will be fined Rs.400 and will be forced to take a counselling session. Also, a fine of Rs.100 for 2 wheelers and Rs.200 for four wheelers will be levied on stop-line violators.
- Aayakar Seva Kendras were inaugurated at the income tax offices at Basheerbagh and AC Guards, here in the city. These will act as single windows for centralized receipt and registration of specified documents filed by tax payers.
- The city police have imposed curfew in the old city due to the communal clashes that took place in some parts of the old city like Saidabad, Madannapet on the next day of Hanuman Jayanthi (April 6th). The curfew lasted for more than a week.
- New Aeroexpress bus facility has started from Uppal to RGIA (Shamshabad airport).
- Honorary Consul of Republic of Bulgaria has been opened in the city.
- Andhra Pradesh Tourist Development Corporation (APTDC) has launched a new one-day package trip called “Heritage on Wheels”, that covers different heritage sites in the city. This trip priced at Rs.2,000 per head covers – Salar Jung Museum, Purani Haveli, Dewan Devdi, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Unani Hospital, Chowmahalla Palace and Lad Bazaar. This trip is operated only on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The AP state government has released new building rules called, Andhra Pradesh Building Rules, 2012, which would be applicable uniformly to all the municipal corporations, municipalities, and urban development authorities. These rules replace 19 GOs issued in the last decade. These rules include restriction of front setbacks, offering incentives for parking and open spaces, restriction of building activity in the vicinity of heritage structures, airports, etc.
- Supreme Court has passed a judgment to GHMC to pay the compensation as per the highest market value for property owners whose land is acquired for metro rail project, road expansions, and other projects.
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