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Hyderabad Revenues and Costs

G Gangadhara Rao’s “Hyderabad and the Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh” (EPW, 19 October 2013) presents interesting data on the implications of the creation of Telangana for the revenues of the new Andhra Pradesh (AP). The problem is that the data is published district-wise. The author has compounded this problem by adding the revenues of Rangareddy district to Hyderabad district which produces a total revenue figure of Rs 37,556 crore for 2012-13.

First, the extent of Hyderabad city has to be defined. The revenue district of Hyderabad is 217 square kilometres (sqkm), the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) 626 sqkm, the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) 1,348 sqkm and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) a massive 7,073 sqkm. One selects what one likes. But the revenue figures presented are for the revenue district and more or less cover the GHMC.

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