The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) started operations in Secunderabad, on a similar line of operation in Hyderabad to demolish dilapidated structures across its jurisdiction. The structures are demolished since they cause possible threats, especially during monsoons.
Govt Demolishes Old Structures
Most of these structures have been constructed with lime, mortar, and mud and can all easily be lost by rain and collapse. In the last ten days, ten structures were demolished throughout Old Nallakunta, Lalapet, Tukaramgate Pan Bazar, Bholakpur, Ranigunj, in accordance with a report from the city's municipal government.
An additional 30 structures identified in the Secunderabad, Begumpet, Musheerabad, and Amberpet circles by GHMC engineering and municipal planning wings have already been provided with notifications, a GHMC engineering officer informed.
In the scope of heavy rain estimation in the coming days, the occupants of such structures were asked to vacate their premises for their safety. Few are vacating while few are unable to vacate because they are afraid to lose ownership, explains the GHMC Secunderabad Assistant City Planner, N Krishna Mohan.
In certain cases, civil service officers are struggling with communications from property owners of such buildings. The property is ancestral and is situated in a prime area, few owners say. They are thus not prepared to destroy the buildings. In some cases, properties are caught in legal differences within family members, a senior officer in the engineering department of the GHMC informed.
Since most of these structures are built inside residential areas, officials are having other problems destroying them. According to an official who struggled with such hurdles during the demolition drive, people working in adjacent buildings also object that their buildings suffer too much damage as a result of such demolitions.
By: Shailaja K