The Telangana government on Monday abruptly issued transfer orders to senior bureaucrat M Dana Kishore, asking him to step down as the Commissioner of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Kishore, who had been serving in the post for around a year, will now be replaced by Ranga Reddy Collector Lokesh Kumar.
According to media reports, the state government issued the orders due to non-completion of the TRSâ€™s flagship projects like the 2BHK housing scheme and the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP). The poor condition of roads in the city was cited as another reason.
Kishore was also holding the post of Managing Director of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), which he will continue to manage. While some said that managing the GHMC and the HMWSSB may have gotten too much for the bureaucrat, others pointed out that the 1996-batch IAS officer was also reported to have not paid heed to complaints and requests by politicians.
â€śThere are instances where complaints by top politicians or civic officials were ignored. They were angry with Kishore for blindly trusting the version of his team. The GHMC council, which consists of MPs, MLAs and corporators, was upset that Kishore had turned a blind eye to several of their recommendations,â€ť ToI quoted a source as saying.
Meanwhile, Ranga Reddy Joint Collector S Harish has been given additional charge as the district's Collector.
It was in August last year, that a Government Order (GO) was issued which stated that Chiranjeevulu, who was heading the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) was transferred and posted as Commissioner and Inspector General, Registration and Stamps.
Meanwhile, Janardhan Reddy, an IAS officer from the 1996-batch who was the GHMC Commissioner, was put in charge of the HMDA, to replace Chiranjeevulu.
Dana Kishore, who was already heading the HMWSSB at the time, was roped in to oversee the GHMC's affairs as well.