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    State Plans Two More Recycling Plants To Handle Construction Waste

    Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...waste/91397803

    Only two units, each with 500 tonnes per day capacity, operate for construction waste whereas thousands of tonnes are produced every day, according to a report submitted by the Telangana government in National Green Tribunal on municipal solid waste management.

    HYDERABAD: Handling construction waste is a big challenge in Hyderabad, while only 39% of solid waste is segregated at source in Telangana. Only two units, each with 500 tonnes per day capacity, operate for construction waste whereas thousands of tonnes are produced every day, according to a report submitted by the Telangana government in National Green Tribunal on municipal solid waste management.

    The government also said tenders for two additional construction and demolition waste recycling plants have been called.

    The report further revealed that biomedical waste has increased due to the pandemic. The report, a copy of which is available with TOI, revealed that out of 10,318 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, only 39% is segregated at source in all 142 ULBs. The government has identified land for setting up and operating sanitary landfill facilities and also invited bids for establishment of processing plants under PPP mode, but no bidder has come forward.

    “In GHMC, there are two processing plants of 500 tonnes per day each for processing construction and demolition waste. In all, 46,602 tonnes of construction waste is collected every day which is transported from various parts to recycling plants. Tenders for two additional C&D waste recycling plants have been called on licensing model,” said the government.

    Environmentalist Devidas Mangnani said the government should take processing of municipal soild waste and construction waste on a priority basis. “Investing in solid waste management should be top priority on par with road infrastructure and drinking water supply in the city,” he told TOI. The GHMC is also transporting the plastic waste to Jawaharnagar dump yard.
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      Hyderabad Metro launches electronics and technology mall ‘in tune with city’s tech DNA’

      Want to know more about emerging trends in technology in a fun-filled and cool environment? Just head to e-Galleria, the L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited’s electronics and technology mall at the Hi-Tec City metro station. The e-Galleria is in tune with the tech DNA of Hyderabad city. Located at the centre of the city’s information technology hub, e-Galleria is promised to be a one-stop hub for the tech-savvy city dwellers to not only experience emerging technologies but also have a good time because it has a shopping mall and a food court.

      Attached to the Hi-Tec City metro station through a skywalk, e-Galleria offers a curated tech experience for spaces with both long-term and short-term leasing. It has been crafted as the destination for tech talks, roadshows and product launches.

      KVB Reddy, managing director & chief executive of the company, said, “We are happy to launch e-Galleria as part of our growth plan for our transit-oriented development. Today, brands are exploring new marketing avenues and innovative product placements that e-Galleria as a launch pad will cater to as a one-stop hub. This new avatar will help us in harnessing the support and loyalty of brands and opportunity to grow together and develop a sustainably brighter future both for businesses and the city of Hyderabad.”

      The key attractions of e-Galleria are exclusive brand stores—a premium setting offering a world-class experience where global tech brands are laid out to be explored. There is an e-Bazaar, a mall that houses a galaxy of small shops selling products, accessories, consumables and services related to IT, mobile phones and household gadgets.

      There is Launchpad, an exclusive space in the atrium to launch the latest tech brands and products in the presence of the city’s tech lovers, and interact with tech leaders, niche consumers and tech enthusiasts. The company says it is looking forward to TechHive, a dedicated space for tech talks, seminars and workshops that bring together geeks, tech leaders and enthusiasts. “This is where ideas take centre stage, enabling people to discuss, demonstrate and brainstorm the need and relevant opportunities to build better and future-ready tech products and services,’ Reddy said. A Startup Terminus has been set up. It is a dedicated zone with plug-and-play stalls that offer the best space for the startup ecosystem of Hyderabad and beyond to showcase and discuss creative ideas, products and services as well as to turn them into promising businesses.

      To make the experience of having the first look at emerging technologies more alluring, the company has established at e-Galleria a food court, which includes quick-serve restaurants, lounge bars, barbecues and coffee shops as well as gaming lounges, a spa, a cinema and other entertainment avenues. “It makes e-Galleria the most happening hangout in Hyderabad,’’ Reddy said.









      Hyderabad Metro launches electronics and technology mall ‘in tune with city’s tech DNA’ | Cities News,The Indian Express
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        Groundwater Levels See New Lows Ahead Of Peak Summer

        Hyderabad: The city, which has seen only a meagre groundwater depletion last year due to severe floods in 2020, may now have to suffer with sinking water table.

        Alarm bells are already ringing in Trimulgherry, which is among the worst-hit areas with a depleted groundwater table.

        Based on data being collected by the ground water department (GWD) from different piezometers installed across the city, the recorded ground water level in Trimulgherry during April 2022 dropped to 10.26 meters below ground level (mgbl) from 13.05 mbgl in March 2022. This is the first locality where the table has dropped 2.79 mgbl.

        Apart from Trimulgherry, the areas which have also seen depletion include Khairatabad (1.62 mgbl ), Asif Nagar (1.56 mgbl) Marredpally (1.49 mgbl), Musheerabad (1.12 mg-bl), Bandlaguda (1.30 mgbl) and Ameerpet (1.04 mgbl).

        While major depletion can be seen even during the beginning months of summer, the officials of GWD anticipate that it may plumment further in peak summer months.

        “Trimulgherry and Marredpally areas have seen deep groundwater depletion as both are rocky areas and chances of rainwater percolation into the ground are very less,” a senior official from the groundwater department told TOI.

        With regard to other areas, officials said, “Increase of construction activity after a gap of two years could be the reason for depletion.”










        Groundwater Levels See New Lows Ahead Of Peak Summer | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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          Hyderabad: Cantonment residents want Hasmathpet & Picket nalas remodelled to check flooding

          Sunil Mungara / TNN / Updated: May 9, 2022, 10:03 IST


          The GHMC is currently remodelling the Picket nala in Cantonment

          SECUNDERABAD: Even as the GHMC is remodelling the Patny nala at Rasoolpura under the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP), residents of colonies near two British-era nalas in Cantonment, Hasmathpet nala and Picket nala, have demanded that the two nalas should also be remodelled.

          The decades-old nalas cover over 50 colonies in Cantonment. Residents of ICRISAT Colony, Amaravathi Colony, SAIL Colony, Dhanalakshmi Colony, Bhavana Colony and five more colonies that connect the Hasmathpet nala, recalled the bitter experiences they had faced during the October 2020 floods. The nala is 32 km long and residents complain that their colonies are inundated every monsoon. “Our colony residents have urged the SCB to widen the existing Hasmathpet nala, but the SCB authorities claim that they do not have enough funds. In the 2020 floods, nearly 1.5 crore worth public property was damaged. The SCB had widened only a small portion of the nala,” N Koteswara Rao, a resident of Dhanalakshmi Colony, told TOI.

          Meanwhile, the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of ICRISAT Colony, Amaravathi Colony and SAIL Colony urged the SCB officials to approach the municipal administration and Urban Development (MAUD) department or begin pre-monsoon works.

          The Picket nala, which passes between Jubilee Bus Station and LIC Colony in West Marredpally, poses flood threat to 20 colonies. The RWAs of LIC colony said that the SCB must begin the desiltation works immediately.

          “The SCB needs at least 50 crore for refurbishment of these two major nalas. The SCB doesn’t have funds and that’s why we had urged the MAUD department to include Hasmathpet nala and Picket nala in SNDP after the 2020 floods, but it has remained on paper,” a senior SCB official said. Another SCB official said that it took almost two years for Patny nala works to begin. “We do not know how long it will take for Hasmathpet nala and Picket nala works to begin or get nod,” he said.









          cantonment: Cantonment Residents Want Hasmathpet & Picket Nalas Remodelled To Check Flooding | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Madhura nagar: Residents Fume Over Illegal Construction


            Construction debris fallen onto residents’ premises

            HYDERABAD: Residents of Madhura Nagar lodged a complaint with SR Nagar police after a portion of the wall pertaining to an unauthorised construction collapsed onto their premises. In one of them designated as G-84, residents note that the builder allegedly constructed a G + six + penthouse in a mere 117 sq yards of land without any setback space for the surrounding residents. GHMC officials admitted in the high court that the construction was illegal as permission was granted for silt + 2 floors only.

            “The construction materials such as bricks and sand frequently fall onto five of the adjacent houses almost attached to the illegal construction. We even got a stay order from the high court on April 8. But the construction work continued,” said D Sudhakar, a next-door resident living in G-85.

            MV Sesha Chary, general secretary of Madhuranagar welfare association, said they have given representation pertaining to at least 25 illegal constructions to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to initiate action. Residents rue that they are made to run from pillar to post with representations on the issue being handed over to the deputy commissioner of Yousufguda circle, zonal commissioner of Serilingampally and the police.

            According to GHMC officials, they have issued UC (unauthorised construction) numbers to many of them and forwarded them to the zonal office for further action. Residents said that if the officials do not intervene, they would file a contempt of court petition against the builder and GHMC.










            madhura nagar: Residents Fume Over Illegal Construction | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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              Set up university for construction and realty sector courses at NAC: Panel


              Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...panel/91556551


              The committee, in its report, has recommended that NAC has the funds, land and capacity to set up the university on its campus in the IT corridor. Of the total 40-acre campus, a university can be set up, preferably a private university, in a 20-acre area.

              HYDERABAD: A high-level committee comprising officials and staff and members from construction, real estate, confederation of Indian industry and national academic of construction submitted a report to the government for establishment of a private university with specialised courses to cater to the construction and real estate industry.

              The committee, headed by the roads and buildings department secretary, was appointed by the state to study scope for setting up a construction industry-oriented university on the lines of sector-specific universities already functioning like horticulture, agriculture, veterinary, medical, and a tribal and forest university.

              The committee, after studying the latest techniques and courses being offered in construction-oriented specialised institutes and academies in Singapore and Malaysia among other countries has submitted its report to the government recommending establishment of a specialised university for construction and real estate sector in the premises of National Academy of Construction (NAC) at Madhapur in the IT corridor of the city.

              NAC director general K Bikshapathi confirmed that the committee has submitted a report to the government. “We will hire the services of an expert consultancy to prepare a detailed project report for setting up of the university if the government gives nod,” he said.

              The committee, in its report, has recommended that NAC has the funds, land and capacity to set up the university on its campus in the IT corridor. Of the total 40-acre campus, a university can be set up, preferably a private university, in a 20-acre area.

              To start with, the committee has recommended five specialised schools at graduation level, i.e., at the B.Tech level in the university. They are school of advanced construction technology, school of digital construction, school of real estate business management, school of sustainable construction and school of urban planning. These schools would be positioned on the global front to attract students from all over the world. “The construction and real estate sector wanted industry-oriented courses so that students can be absorbed into the industry immediately after they pass out. The major complaint from them was that the present civil engineering courses in universities do not match with the latest technical advancements in the field of construction and real estate,” said a senior official in the roads and buildings department.
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                Rs 5,564 crore: Government departments’ tax dues to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation

                U Sudhakar Reddy / TNN / Updated: May 17, 2022, 04:22 IS
                The prohibition and excise department, whose coffers swell by the day, also owes Rs 895 crore

                HYDERABAD: Can you make a guess on the tax dues various government departments and undertakings owe to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation? An enormous Rs 5,564 crore! Just one department — medical — owes Rs 1,185 crore tax dues to the civic body whose finances are in a precarious condition.

                Not just this. Several departments have not been clearing the tax arrears for the last several years — extending from one year to 25 years — despite repeated reminders and notices by the corporation authorities.



                A Right to Information Act reply from GHMC commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar reveals that the state government departments property tax dues accumulated to Rs 5,258 crore, while the government undertakings owe Rs 306 crore to the GHMC. The biggest defaulters are the medical department, the state secretariat, police stations and excise stations. The medical department is the top defaulter with Rs 1,185 crore dues pending for the last 23 years. Police stations in the city owe Rs 420 crore for the last 12 years.

                The prohibition and excise department, whose coffers swell by the day, also owes Rs 895 crore. The secretariat, which is the seat of power and administration, is also among the defaulters with an outstanding tax bill of Rs 391 crore to the GHMC.

                The Central Jail and women's jail together owe Rs 71 crore arrears for the last 21 years, the RTI reply has revealed.

                Forum for Good Governance secretary M Padmanabha Reddy said the tax dues have been pending for several years but the departments have not shown any urgency to clear the arrears. "Although the GHMC issues notices, the heads of department are unmoved. When it comes to payment of taxes on government properties, the departments are not clearing the tax dues and are setting a bad example," Reddy added.

                In April, the GHMC had announced an ‘early bird' scheme providing 5 per cent rebate on taxes paid by people. There was a tremendous response. As against a target of Rs 600 crore, the GHMC netted close to Rs 750 crore. "As law-abiding citizens, they are paying taxes so that GHMC provides them the civic amenities. Whereas the government is virtually starving the GHMC of funds — firstly by not paying the tax dues and secondly by not releasing funds as recommended by the state finance commission," Reddy said.

                He said the chief secretary should issue instructions to all the HoDs and other undertakings to clear the arrears immediately.











                5.5k Cr: Govt Depts’ Tax Dues To Ghmc | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                  Telangana: Aliens Group told to refund 10 buyers


                  U Sudhakar Reddy / TNN / Updated: May 16, 2022, 09:39 IST



                  Telangana State disputes redressal commission has ordered Aliens Developers to refund the money to 10 people after the company failed to deliver the property after collecting money.

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                  HYDERABAD: Telangana State disputes redressal commission has ordered Aliens Developers to refund the money to 10 people after the company failed to deliver the property after collecting money. The real-estate firm was also told to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation for mental agony caused to the aggrieved.

                  In the case of Harinath Appani, one of the complainants, he had purchased a flat with a built up area of 2150 square feet for a sale consideration of Rs 54 lakh. As on 2008, he had paid Rs 20 lakh, after Alien promised to complete the construction of the flat March 2010 including the grace period or else agreed to pay compensation of Rs 3 per square feet if it fails to complete the project.

                  Alien argued that the complainant never asked for a refund of money or for cancellation of the agreement. The firm also said that the complainant didn’t pay instalments and claimed that ‘force majeure’ like delay in permissions from fire service and other agencies has led to delay in the project.

                  The forum observed, “Alien Developers engaged in the construction have to know all aspects and requirements of permission before starting the collection of amounts from the flat owners.” Aliens was ordered to refund Rs 48 lakh and further directed to pay 9 per cent interest on principal amount of Rs 20 lakh from 2018. Alien was also asked to pay Rs 10,000 towards legal expenses.






                  aliens developers: Aliens Group Told To Refund 10 Buyers | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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