HMDA in Action to Protect ORR Buffer Zones

HMDA in Action to Protect ORR Buffer Zones

The buffer zone of Nehru Outer Ring Road (ORR) has been riddled with illegal constructions for quite some time now. That has now caught the attention of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). 

HMDA immediately probed into the matter and issued strict orders to clarify that any temporary or permanent construction within 50 feet (15 meters) on either side of the ORR is strictly prohibited. Authorities have warned landowners against raising unauthorized structures. Respective Gram Panchayats and municipalities have also been given necessary orders to implement the mandatory rules strictly. 

HMDA further added to its statement, "50 feet buffer is meant for greenery and executing any construction-related activity on the reserved land shall be deemed illegal." HMDA metropolitan Commissioner Arvind Kumar recently held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the review process with Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL) officials. 

The Commissioner also said that the construction of structures along the ORR shall be permitted if all the necessary guidelines and orders issued in regards to mandate the 50 feet buffer zones have been properly followed.

Gram Panchayats and municipalities must grant permission for the constructions barring the mandatory 15 meters set as informed by the Metropolitan Commissioner. Land Owners have also been directed to seek permissions by showing buffer zones as the space reserved for greenery. 

The Commissioner further added that any installed items such as hoardings, unipoles, telecom poles, power transformers, and other temporary or permanent structures and fixtures are strictly prohibited in the buffer zone. Also, any violation in the compound walls as per the rules must be removed immediately; otherwise, it might attract legal action against the parties involved.