Hyderabad: Extending much-needed support, the State government on Friday accorded administrative sanction of Rs. 230 crore to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for clearing encroachments on nalas. Orders were issued to this effect on Friday evening and GHMC was instructed to take up the works at the earliest.
Last year, GHMC had conducted a survey of 173 major nalas covering 390 km in Hyderabad and had identified 12,432 illegal structures, out of which officials had identified 1,002 illegal structures that were obstructing free flow of sewage into nalas.
Prior to the monsoon, GHMC wanted to take up nala widening works to clear encroachments which required Rs.230 crore and had appealed to the State government to allot administrative sanction of the funds.
In the first phase, GHMC plans to clear 1,002 encroachments because clearing all the 12,432 unauthorized structures requires lot of investment and manpower. Citing these reasons, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy had urged the State Government for administrative sanction of Rs. 230 crore.
This apart, he had directed the Town Planning section to serve notices on the owners of illegal structures, besides filing caveat petitions to avoid legal hurdles. According to officials, notices were already served to owners of 250 illegal structures. Additional staff was deployed to issue notices to owners of illegal structures and prepare estimates for compensations. Already, sketches pertaining to 700 structures have been prepared and the rest would be prepared in a couple of days, they added.