Hyderabad: Demolition drive at snail's pace

Vishwas News

Hyderabad, Sept 19:The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's (GHMC) much-touted drive to clear encroachments on nalas, which was launched in July this year, appears to be losing steam due to varied reasons, including dearth of manpower.
Last year, the municipal corporation had conducted a survey of 173 major nalas covering 390 kms in Hyderabad. As part of the survey, it identified 12,432 illegal structures, of which officials had identified 1,002 illegal structures that were obstructing free flow of sewage into nalas.
The GHMC had then sought administrative sanction for works worth Rs 230 crore from the State government and the same was approved. Orders were also issued to this effect and GHMC was instructed to take up the works at the earliest.
Though the drive was launched in July in West Zone, where many of the encroachments were identified, the municipal corporation could manage demolition of only a few structures.
Officials said the reasons were varied. While one was that a majority of the staff was deployed in rescue and relief operations since there have been rains since July, another was that there was a dearth of manpower in the Engineering and Town Planning section as a result of which the drive could not be taken up as expected.
This apart, many structure owners were approaching the municipal corporation and elected public representatives to hold the drive and were appealing to revise the plans, a senior official said.
However, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said in the wake of monsoon, the drive was being taken up slowly to avoid any untoward incidents. Soon after the monsoon concludes, the drive would be intensified from October first week, he said.
Instructions were already issued to the Town Planning section to serve notices on the owners of illegal structures, besides filing caveat petitions to avoid legal hurdles.
Source: Vishwas News



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