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    Jagtial master plan: MLA Sanjay Kumar assures to protect lands of farmers

    MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar made it clear that not a single inch of the land of farmers would be acquired as part of the Jagtial master plan

    By Telangana Today
    Published Date - 08:47 PM, Sat - 14 January 23 MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar made it clear that not a single inch of the land of farmers would be acquired as part of the Jagtial master plan

    Jagtial: MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar made it clear that not a single inch of the land of farmers would be acquired as part of the Jagtial master plan and assured to protect the lands of farmers.

    Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, the MLA said the Central government had issued orders for preparation of the master plan for every 20 years. As part of it, one of the organizations has carried out the survey.

    Admitting that some mistakes were done in preparation of the master plan due to a few officials, he said that it was just a draft plan and there was a possibility to make changes to it. There was a change to raise objections up to 60 days.

    As demanded by the MLC T Jeevan Reddy, he would take the responsibility for the master plan. The master plan prepared during the time of the Congress government was full of mistakes and a number of people faced troubles to get permissions for house constructions.







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      Hyderabad: Mehdipatnam skywalk likely to be completed by May 2023


      The 390-metres-long swanky skywalk equipped with a total of 11 elevators is being built by the HMDA with Rs 32.97 crore

      By Nabinder Bommala
      Updated On - 12:19 AM, Tue - 17 January 23 Photo: Surya Sridhar


      Hyderabad: The 390-metres-long swanky skywalk equipped with a total of 11 elevators at Mehdipatnam is taking shape, with works underway at a brisk pace. The skywalk abuts the PV Narasimha Rao Expressway with Defence land on one side and commercial buildings on the other side.

      The pedestrian-friendly facility is being built by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) with Rs 32.97 crore and the plan is to complete the entire project by May 2023. “Works related to the laying of foundations are in progress towards the Defence compound wall side,” a HMDA official, said.

      The senior official said that works related to all the 13 foundations along with MS Columns at the Asif Nagar Road and 12 foundations along with MS Columns at Rythu Bazaar road and the fabrication of decks have been completed.

      Once the project is completed, the Mehdipatnam skywalk will enhance the safety of pedestrians at this busy junction. Out of the 390 metres long skywalk, the pedestrian walkway length of the arch from Mehdipatnam Bus Depot to Defence boundary is 50 metres and the intermediate tunnel walk from Mehdipatnam to Rythu Bazaar and Asifnagar police station is 160 metres. Similarly, the length of the walkway from Mehdipatnam to Mallepally Road is 180 metres. The width of this pedestrian facility is around four to five metres and the clearance height is 6.15 metres.

      The skywalk has five access points (hop-on stations, or entry/exit points) and abutting the Rythu Bazar, Defence compound wall, within bus bay area (Mehdipatnam), near Asif Nagar police station and Raymond Showroom (Gudimalkapur Junction.) The skywalk will also have coffee shops, getaway corners, lounge snacks, etc with the HMDA developing a 21,061.42 sft commercial area above the bus stop. “The commercial space, besides making available snacks and other products for pedestrians will generate revenue for the department,” said a HMDA official. Along the arch, cables, and walkway tunnels, the HMDA will install LED strip lights to further scale up the beauty of the place.











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        Litter bins set to return; Over 2,000 to *** Hyderabad

        Ujwal Bommakanti / TNN / Updated: Jan 18, 2023, 06:31 IST



        Of the 2,794 litter bins, 1,397 would be twin bins and an equal number the triple-bin variety.

        HYDERABAD: After the bin-free experiment failed, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has decided to reintroduce and put in place nearly 2,800 bins on commercial stretches across the city. The move comes just days before the next Swachh Survekshan survey kicks off and will continue till February. Officials claim pedestrians will have access to dustbins on roads so that they can dispose of any kind of waste.

        Of the 2,794 litter bins, 1,397 would be twin bins and an equal number the triple-bin variety. Each of them would have a capacity of 100 litres and can handle solid waste of at least 60 kilograms.

        GHMC has requested for a quotation from vendors to supply and install these bins at 100-metre distance between each other on commercial stretches. "The secondary and tertiary garbage collection units will regularly pick up waste from these bins," GHMC officials said.

        The bins would be made of special grade polyethene material so that garbage doesn't stick," GHMC official from sanitation wing said .

        Sources also indicate that the litter bins were being installed to comply with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. The garbage dumpsters were removed across the city as part of the bin-free initiative suggested under Swachh Bharat Mission in 2016.

        However, lack of consistency in door-to-door garbage collection has resulted in more than 3,500 garbage vulnerable points (GVPs), where the trash was getting dumped on the roadside. "The installation of bins is a welcome move. But, GHMC needs to improve when it comes to garbage collection," civic activist Raj Kumar Singh told TOI.

        Mohammed Rizwan, an Old City-based activist, rues that litter bins won't help much in his neighbourhood as roadside waste dumping was more common. "These bins could help in controlling littering at bazaars and food streets, but removing dustbins and collecting door-to-door trash once a week doesn't help much," he added.










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          Telangana to appoint Real Estate Regulatory Authority chief, 2 members

          TNN / Updated: Jan 18, 2023, 06:41 IST



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          HYDERABAD: Five years after the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) came into existence in Telangana, the state government has finally decided to appoint full-time chairman and two members (judicial and technical) to the authority.

          A notification has been issued to appoint RERA chairman and other members a couple of days ago. Until now, RERA was headed by ex-chief secretary Somesh Kumar. Official sources said the government has decided to appoint full-time RERA after a PIL on RERA appointments was filed by Forum for Good Governance in Telangana HC last year. tnn










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            Telangana HC summons collector on land issue

            M Sagar Kumar / TNN / Updated: Jan 22, 2023, 08:12 IST



            Telangana high court

            HYDERABAD: Wondering why revenue officials were not furnishing information despite orders from the court, Justice P Madhavi Devi of Telangana high court has made it clear that district collector of Rangareddy and Ibrahimpatnam revenue divisional officer will have to appear before the court if they do not furnish information on certain land plots.

            The judge was dealing with a plea filed by Mohammad Farooq, who wanted details on the land plots in his village. "The officials must furnish it now or else they will have to answer the court as to why they did not do it despite orders from the court," the judge said. The case has been posted to January 23.









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              Microchip Technology buys 1.68 lakh sq ft office space in Hyderabad for Rs 175 crore

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              Microchip estimates that the newly-acquired space will sustain its growth plans for the next 10 years as they continue to hire and expand at a time when other major tech companies have announced layoffs and hiring freezes.


              US-based semiconductor major Microchip Technology has acquired 168,000 sq ft of office space in One Golden Mile, a grade-A commercial tower located in the business district of Kokapet in Hyderabad for an estimated Rs 175 crore, in one of the largest buyout deals in the commercial real estate market in the city.

              Capital values in the Kokapet market range between Rs 9,000 and Rs 10,500 for a grade-A commercial space.

              Microchip and promoters of One Golden Mile declined to comment on the valuation.

              Microchip estimates that the newly-acquired space will sustain its growth plans for the next 10 years as they continue to hire and expand at a time when other major tech companies have announced layoffs and hiring freezes.

              "Microchip has enjoyed significant and sustainable growth over recent years, and our team in India is a critical contributor to that success,” said Srikanth Settikere, vice president and MD, Microchip Technology India Pvt Ltd. “This investment is another step towards expanding our capabilities in India, which in turn will drive greater long-term business opportunities regionally and globally."

              Cushman & Wakefield was advisor to the deal.

              Microchip Technology is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, with development centres in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, with a total of 2,000 employees.

              This transaction is the first of multiple investments by Microchip to expand its research and development footprint in India.

              One Golden Mile (OGM) is a premium commercial property co-promoted by Aurean, Eskar and Terminus with a total footprint of 500,000 sq ft consisting of boutique office spaces and high-street retail.

              “Our objective for this project was to create true value differentiation through design and superior specifications to enable businesses to reach their maximum potential and gain a competitive advantage,” Pushkin Reddy and Rithwik Mali, managing partners for One Golden Mile, said in a joint statement.

              The deal signals a positive outlook for the commercial office segment in Hyderabad.

              Also, it reaffirms the belief that demand for well-designed office spaces will continue to sustain despite concerns of oversupply, remote working and a global economic downturn.

              “Hyderabad is at the forefront of innovation in the semiconductor industry, and Microchip’s investment into Hyderabad reconfirms the city's position as the preferred choice for semiconductor firms,” said Veera Babu, managing director for the Hyderabad office of Cushman & Wakefield.

              As per a Cushman and Wakefield office report, net office absorption in 2022 stood 36.5 million sq ft. Bengaluru, with a 28% share, accounted for the lion’s share of pan-India net absorption for the year, followed by NCR (20%) and Hyderabad (15%).
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                Over one lakh illegal buildings in Hyderabad sit on tinderbox

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                Barely anything has been done to tackle the issue of illegal constructions across the city. In Hyderabad, there are over a lakh such buildings, many of which are unsafe owing to a lack of setbacks and illegal construction of extra floors, and located in dense neighbourhoods.


                HYDERABAD: Twenty days into the new year and the city has already seen two major accidents pertaining to illegally constructed buildings. The first was the January 7 slab collapse of an under-construction building in Kukatpally, which killed two workers.

                The latest is Thursday’s blaze that is said to have continued for almost 12 hours at Minister Road. Both buildings had structural deviations from their permitted plan, and had additional floors constructed.

                Barely anything has been done to tackle the issue of illegal constructions across the city. In Hyderabad, there are over a lakh such buildings, many of which are unsafe owing to a lack of setbacks and illegal construction of extra floors, and located in dense neighbourhoods.

                “There are several buildings mushrooming after getting approvals for a particular plan, and raising additional floors unscrupulously,” SGS Murthy, structural consultant and a professor at MVSR Engg College, said. “There is one in our locality in Peerzadiguda, where permission was for stilt plus one and they built three more floors. Additional floors need a certain amount of minimum plinth and setbacks for it to be stable.”

                Back in 2016, GHMC had received 1.39 lakh applications for the building regularisation scheme, and the civic body is not keen on touching those structures as they are waiting to earn more than 1,150 crore in revenue when the high court lifts the stay order.

                Officials say LB Nagar circle is the hub of illegal construction in the city as they received over 22,000 applications for the regularisation scheme, which was the highest. Sources said they are surveying for illegal constructions across Charminar, LB Nagar and Serilingampally zones, which would put the number to more than a thousand.

                In fact, at least eight illegal constructions have cropped up at the 200-metre no-construction zone near Charminar and Mecca Masjid monuments in the past few years. Civic activists say government has used regularisation thrice to legalise illegal construction en masse.
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                  Penalise polluting pharma units in Telangana: National Green Tribunal


                  TNN / Updated: Jan 23, 2023, 06:48 IST





                  HYDERABAD: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Telangana State Pollution Control Board to work out a formula for penalising pharma companies, through enhanced bank guarantees, causing pollution in Pochampally.

                  TSPCB, in its reply on January 14, 2023, to NGT, said that a committee was constituted to collect soil, water and plant samples in surrounding industries and effluent flow as per standard norms.

                  NGT said: "State Pollution Control Board, which has been or which should be doing such exercises regularly to monitor the pollution standards of the industries, should not take such a long time, even in getting soil and water samples tested. In this regard, we would direct the Telangana State Pollution Control Board to join hands with accredited testing labs, if need be, to expedite the process."

                  "PCB said that they had invoked the bank guarantee of 2 lakh and directed the project proponent to comply with the direction issued by them. The industry was directed to submit a time-bound action plan within three days for decontamination of soil, control of odour nuisance and volatile organic compounds emission and achievement of zero liquid discharge," NGT added.

                  NGT has directed Telangana PCB to work out formulae, in consultation with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), for enhancing bank guarantee for performance, subsequent violations committed by the industry rather than merely encashing bank guarantee and replenish them at the same level.











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                    Hyderabad best paymaster for construction workers, says study

                    Sudipta Sengupta / TNN / Updated: Jan 24, 2023, 07:44 IST



                    Local Hyderabad developers, however, peg the revision to upwards of 20%

                    HYDERABAD: It isn't the rush of new launches alone that is drawing construction workers from across the country to Hyderabad post Covid-19. It is also the lucrative wages on offer - touted to be the highest in India.

                    According to a recent study, the city's realty sector pays its construction workforce anywhere between 584 and 1,035 on an average daily, significantly more than all major cities like Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai. In many of these metros, the highest daily wage is still below the 1,000-mark.

                    "The large-scale commercial development in city could be a reason for this. Such projects are usually commissioned by credible developers who pay fair wages," said Satya Vyas, founder and CEO of projecthero, the construction tech app that compiled the study based on data culled from 1.4 lakh job postings on its platform. According to him, the average pay scale of construction workers has improved marginally - 5% to 8% - since pre-Covid times.

                    Local Hyderabad developers, however, peg the revision to upwards of 20%. They add how the there's now a culture among developers in the city to take care of their workers. "

                    Apart from better pay, there is more attention being paid to their living, food and sanitation needs," said Ashwin Rao, MD , Akshara Constructions and Estates. While the industry was faced with a worker crunch in the first year after Covid, currently it is sitting on a surplus, Rao said.

                    Among the jobs that majority workers travel to Hyderabad for are masonry (16%), carpentry (16%), electrical works (14%), painting (10%) and shuttering (8%), the data revealed.

                    But despite the enhanced wages, the study stressed that in close to 90% cases contractors in major cities pay construction workers - mainly those unskilled - wages that are lesser than what's mandated by the government. This is most prevalent in Delhi-NCR and is least seen in Hyderabad.

                    Vyas attributed it to the lack of technological penetration in the construction market. "As a result, it operates opaquely allowing people to get away with pay low wages, violating legal provisions and demonstrating bad behaviour," he said.










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                      90% Secunderabad Cantonment Board employees against excision proposal, seek clarity on their future

                      Sunil Mungara / TNN / Updated: Jan 25, 2023, 06:10 IST



                      Secunderabad Cantonment Board

                      SECUNDERABAD: Over 90% of Secunderabad Cantonment Board employees are against the proposal of the ministry of defence (MoD) regarding excision and merger of civilian areas with Greater Hyderabad Muncicipal Corporation, as per the employees' union.

                      Currently, there are 400 permanent and another 1,300 out-sourced employees in various wings of the Cantonment Board. A few days ago, the SCB Employees' Union had convened a meeting with all employees and sought their opinion on the excision process. Over 90% of staff opposed excision proposal.

                      The Union has threatened to go on strike if authorities fail to give a clarity on their future and resolve long-standing demands.

                      The Union has made a representation to the SCB chief executive officer, president Cantonment Board, principal director, Southern Command, and the chairman of the eight-member excision committee, urging more clarity on the fate of employees.

                      In the MoD's excision modalities, it has been stated that employees working in Cantonment Boards could opt either to work for central or state government municipality. In addition to the requirement of the cantonment boards, staff might be transferred to local station Army HQ/Army establishment on PE, if accepted by them; otherwise, such employees should be suitably absorbed in central government agencies. Cantonment Board could also provide VRS option. "The employees have been serving the Cantonment residents for years. We urge clarity on our situation," a union member said.











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