Demolition Squads Set To Raze Unauthorized Building In City

The demolition squads on Monday started removing unauthorized constructions along Musi river, nalas and other public places. - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has begun demolition of illegal constructions along Musi river and Nalas in the twin cities. All the circles in GHMC on Sunday started demolition drive in the city. GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy has asked all the circles to immediately set up multi-disciplinary demolition and enforcement squads, which will have officials of town planning, police, revenue and irrigation departments.

The demolition squads on Monday started removing unauthorized constructions along Musi, nalas and other public places. The GHMC officials are focusing on demolishing illegal structures on parks, tanks, open government lands, footpaths and nalas.

Every circle of GHMC has a demolition squad and the assistant city planner is leading it. The demolition squad comprises the GHMC deputy commissioner, ACP, deputy collector or MRO, executive engineers of GHMC and Irrigation, HMWSSB manager and representatives of TS Southern Power Distribution Company Ltd. Every squad has been given a mini truck for transporting all the required material.

The Commission said that the demolitions is being taken up in several phases. He said: “GHMC has written to the Police Commissioner to deploy policemen to carry out demolition operations in a smooth way. The demolitions will be done in phases. We’re also in the process of identifying the illegal and unauthorized structures. The setting up demolition squads started on Monday. We’re going ahead with short-term and long-term targets. Immediate goal is to to remove encroachments in nalas, tank beds and low-lying areas.”

The demolishing the encroachments and complete revival of nalas and tank beds all over the city are expected to be completed in next six years. Because, the State government is keen relocation of poor families and accommodating them is a time consuming process as it involves land acquisition, land compensation, rehabilitation, etc. As an immediate solution, Telangana government is planning to use vacant Vambe flats for accommodating poor families. Subsequently, double bed room flats will be allotted to the poor families, who’re displaced by demolition drive.

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