GHMC to Bulldoze Illegal Constructions and Encroachments on Footpaths

29 Jul 11: The GHMC will start the demolition drive of various illegal constructions from August 1. The various structures which are ready to get cleared off are – illegal constructions of 670 commercial buildings which have converted their parking areas in to commercial spaces, 34 buildings which have violated the building norms on obtaining occupancy certificate (OC) from corporation and 39 buildings are to be sealed off as they were constructed without obtaining OC certificate and some have been illegally converted in to commercial usage from regular usage.

The list of the buildings having no OC certificates will be kept on GHMC websites, so that the residents are aware of them and do not buy them. It has also said that the corporation will be no way responsible for the action taken on these buildings.

The GHMC has also removed 6000 encroachments on footpath in the last three days, as per the directions of AP High Court, Lok Ayukta and State Human Rights Commission. Further, as per the GO issued few years ago by municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD), the department has identified green, amber and red zones in the city. Based on this GO, the hawker’s policy will be implemented on a continuous basis from now. The corporation has said that permanent structure will be removed, allowing only mobile vendors and various designs are being prepared with the help of few NGO’s.

The corporation has asked the government agencies like BSNL and CPDCL to relocate the cables and transformers wherever they are obstructing the pedestrians on the footpath. Private telephone companies and other service providers are asked to have common ducts on cost-sharing basis.

Further, the commissioner has announced that this year the corporation would take up junction improvement works and also 100 km pedestrian zone will be provided by providing 6 to 10 feet footpath in the city, along with setting up a pedestrian wing headed by executive engineer.

Source: Times of India