Hyderabad: Fulfilling the long pending requirement of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the State government on Saturday approved the filling up of vacancies in the key town planning wing of the civic board.
The Chief Minister, K.Chandrashekhar Rao, who held a meeting with the GHMC Commissioner, B.Janardhan Reddy, on Friday night directed him to fill the building inspector, section officers and other posts.
The town planning wing has a crucial role as it deals with building plan approvals, identifying and demolishing unauthorised structures, road widening and development of new roads etc.
But the absence of required staff strength has been hindering in the proper implementation of the rules and also monitoring of buildings that come up in violation of the prescribed provisions.
Led by the Chief City Planner, the town planning ideally requires 412 staff, but has been operating with only 135 employees. As against a requirement of 224 town planning supervisors, only 35 supervisors are currently on the rolls.
While officials have to be designated for exclusive tasks of monitoring building plan approvals, demolition of unauthorized structures and road development works, lack of staff has cast a burden on officials and staff, said GHMC Commissioner B.Janardhan Reddy.