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    Andhra Pradesh survey to track 'missing' 10,000 acres of forest land

    According to initial estimations, about 10,000 acres of reserve forest land is reportedly missing from satellite imagesMN Samdani | TNN | August 04, 2017, 17:14 IST

    GUNTUR: The Andhra Pradeshforest department has launched physical survey to protect reserve forest land in the district. The move came as senior officials are worried that a large extent of forest land has already been usurped by influential landlords and contractors due to absence of clear fencing and demarcation.

    According to initial estimations, about 10,000 acres of reserve forest land is reportedly missing from satellite images. The survey is being done to ascertain the situation on ground.

    Sources said that about 5,000-6,000 acres was encroached by influential leaders and private companies in Gurazala, Macherla and Vinukonda assembly constituencies. Even a cement firm in Palnadu region encroached forest land adjacent to the area allotted to it, they added.

    Although the Recognition of Forest Rights (RoFR) Act was made to help tribals who depend on forest produce, it seems that non-tribals have benefitted by manipulating the law. Many have taken over forest land by using tribals as their fronts.

    "As per official records, about 5,600 acres of reserve forest land has been assigned to 2,800 tribals in the last one decade. It is not clear how many of the original assignees enjoy the land now," said a senior forest official. Officials suspect that at least 3,000-3,500 acres of assigned land under RoFR has exchanged hands.

    The forest department will also issue notices to the original assignees to find out if they have leased the land to others in violation of the law.


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      Telangana govt notifies rules under RERA

      Once registered, the builder has to complete the project as per schedule and the prospective buyer can move RERA in case of any delay or violation on the part of the builderKoride Mahesh | TNN | August 04, 2017, 07:44 IST

      HYDERABAD: In a development that aims to regulate the realty sector in Telangana, the TRS government on Thursday notified the Real EstateRegulatory Authority (RERA). Applicable to ongoing projects which were approved after January 1, 2017, it now becomes mandatory for builders and infrastructurecompanies to register themselves with RERA and forbids them from advertising, marketing or selling their projects without such registration.

      Once registered, the builder has to complete the project as per schedule and the prospective buyer can move RERA in case of any delay or violation on the part of the builder. On the flip side, realtors predicted that property rates will see a jump by 15 to 20 per cent, making it that much more difficult for those wanting to purchase homes.

      A GO notifying RERA was issued on Thursday by framing the Telangana State Real Estate Rules, 2017. All the projects that come up in above 500 sq metres plot area and apartments comprising more than six units and were approved on or after January 1, 2017, by municipal corporations such as GHMC, that of Warangal and Nizamabad, nagar panchayats like Pedda Amberpet and Medchal, urban development authorities like HMDA as well as the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation come under the purview of RERA.

      The Centre has legislated the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, to protect the interest of property buyers on the ground that they are being taken for a ride by builders and developers and real estate agents.Though the Centre notified RERA Act implementation from May 1, 2017, it gave states three months time from May 1to frame rules and notify the authority.

      Prospective buyers can check the details of projects on the RERA website whether it is a registered one or not. Other details such as land records, encumbrance certificate for 10 years certified by a revenue official, sanctioned plan, plinth area, relevant permission copies and photographs of promoters too would be accessible for the buyer on the website.Registered builders will also have to provide documents such as PAN as well as their firm's annual reports including audited profit and loss and balance sheet for at least three preceding years. If any developer fails to register and is found to be selling or advertising their project, he will be penalised 10% of the estimated project cost. Apart from the penalty , repeat offenders and those who do not comply with RERA rules can face three-year imprisonment.

      Sources in the TRS government said the central act allows states to make minor modifications. However, the Telangana regime decided to implement the Central act as it is making minimal changes, they said.

      “In Telangana, RERA will apply to all ongoing projects as of January 1, 2017. Obviously , RERA will not apply to those projects where the builder has obtained the occupancy and completion certificates. In some states like AP , those projects which have been 60% or more completed at the time of notification of RERA have been kept out of the purview of the authority,“ S Balakrishna, additional director in municipal administration department, told TOI.

      The developers have to declare the status of the project such as its progress and pending work, original deadline, time period disclosed to the buyers and amount collected from the buyers and spent on the project. To protect the interest of the buyers, ongoing project developers have to get their occupancy certificate within three months of the Act being notified in the state. If it is delayed, they have to deposit 70% of the amount collected from prospective buyers in an Escrow account.RERA can then utilise this amount to complete the project in case the developer fails to do so. Real estate agents or consultants too have been brought under the new Act. The agents have to register their firms and take licence from the authority and cannot provide services for the projects if project is not registered.

      The state government is to soon appoint the regulatory authority comprising a chairperson and one or two members.An appellate tribunal will also be constituted to deal with appeals on RERA 's decisions. GHMC chief city planner S Devender Reddy , said, “Though consumer protection laws are in place, the recourse available to them is only curative, not preventive. Now, the issue has been addressed.“

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        152% rise in private vehicles chokes air quality in capital

        TNN | Updated: Aug 7, 2017, 01:30 AM IST

        Hyderabad: Environmentalists attribute the prime cause of the city's dwindling air quality to the abnormal growth of private vehicles. According to experts, the vehicle growth rate in Hyderabad and the neighbouring Rangareddy district has been high compared to other districts of the state in the past few years.

        A recent study, conducted by the Environmental Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), revealed the increase in the number of vehicles in Hyderabad and Rangareddy is quite high. The major reason for pollution, they say, is due to the rise in the number of vehicles per 1,000 people. The rise, the experts note, has gone from 81.80 vehicles per 1,000 people in 2005 to 253 vehicles per 1,000 in 2016, an increase of 152.76% as compared to the estimated population increase of 113.57%.

        As a result of the astronomical rise in the number of vehicles, the city's air is now laced with pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide apart from the rising particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels.

        "The main cause of increasing air pollution is vehicular emission," Forum for Sustainable Environment convener S Jeevanand Reddy. "Though advancements in vehicular technology should have brought down the pollution levels, that has not happened in the city. Hundreds of goods vehicles continue to use adulterated fuel to cut costs, adding oxides of nitrogen to the atmosphere. When they react with other particles in the air, they increase the ground-level ozone content. This, in turn, leads to severe health complications. City buses, which are more than 15 years old, are also major contributors of pollutants," he added.

        The EPTRI report, which studied vehicles and their impact on the environment between 2000 and 2015 over a three-year period, says "In Hyderabad alone, there is an increase of 241.5 lakh kilometeres distance covered by TSRTC vehicles in a span of seven years (2007-08 to 2014-15)." In 2007-08, the RTC operated 3,180 buses and clocked 1.82 lakh km per bus, while in 2014-15 it operated 3,964 buses and logged 1.7 lakh kilometre per vehicle. In other words, each bus covered 15% less distance in Hyderabad, 4% in Secunderabad and nine percent in Rangareddy district. It is an indication of increasing congestion on roads and possibly the ageing of the fleet. On the other hand, in districts, the kilometres operated per bus has increased though the number of passengers carried per day remains the same.

        The report says the air in the twin cities has the highest particulate matter. The contributors for PM10 were vehicular emissions and vehicles over 15 years old. "The PM10 is always higher than the standard 60g/m. We need to make serious efforts to control the particulate matter," it added.

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          Forest patches near towns to be developed into parks

          Roushan Ali| TNN | Updated: Aug 7, 2017, 12:31 AM IST

          Hyderabad: In an attempt to protect forest land near cities and towns from encroachment, the Telangana forest department has decided to convert them into urban lung spaces with recreational facilities for visitors.

          Due to increasing urbanisation, over 85,000 acres of forest land within 5-10 km radius of urban settlements in Telangana are vulnerable to encroachments. After waging legal battles to reclaim many such spaces from land sharks, the forest department has started developing a substantial portion into KBR Park-type spaces and protecting them by erecting compound walls.

          In all, 198 forest blocks have been identified all over Telangana. Of this, 14 forest blocks, spread over nearly 8,300 acres, have been identified within and outside the Outer Ring Road i.e. around Greater Hyderabad.

          "We have already started developing parks on the lines of KBR Park. As many as 12 such lung spaces have come up with facilities such as walking track, cycle track, yoga space and recreational facilities for children. They are a big hit with families and the number of visitors are only increasing. An entry fee has been fixed to keep anti-social elements at bay," additional principal chief conservator of forest (social forestry) R M Dobriyal told TOI.

          The development of such forest blocks into lung spaces for people was taken up following the directions of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The objective is to protect the forest land as well as provide some breathing space for citizens vexed with the ever-increasing vehicular traffic, air and noise pollution.

          In all, the forest department will develop 80 such parks in the vicinity of towns and cities in the state. Interestingly, the officials are also planning to build cottages in select parks for people who want to live for a couple of days amid nature's bounty. People will also soon be able to rent bicycles at these parks.

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            Parade Ground may lose its charm as SRDP road-widening underway

            Sunil Mungara| TNN | Aug 10, 2017, 08:28 AM IST

            SECUNDERABAD: Veerula Sainik Smarak (martyrs' memorial), which stands majestically on Parade Grounds, may lose its grandeur. The roads and buildings (R&B) department is set to acquire Parade Ground land for widening the road to facilitate construction of Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP). The road widening has been proposed for construction of a skyway between SP Road and Air Force Station, Hakimpet.

            The R&B has marked 20 metres (nearly 70-feet) on the compound wall of the Parade Grounds, indicating its plan to acquire land up to that extent for widening the road.

            The memorial, presently stands nearly 100 feet away from the main road (towards Tivoli Junction) and, once the road is widened, the site, where the memorial is located, becomes narrower. Army and state government pay homage to the memorial on various occasions. Last month, the R&B authorities had completed demarcation process between Secunderabad Club and Trimulgherry Junction. Several commercial establishments too have to make way for the SRDP's skyway project. The move has triggered a huge outcry from traders whose properties might be acquired for the SRDP project.

            Another martyrs' memorial, built in honour of army personnel from Karnataka, located outside Parade Grounds, may also be affected due to widening of the road. Authorities may relocate that memorial too. The Parade Grounds, spread over nearly 20 acres, is being managed by the Defence Estates Office, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Another chunk of land belonging to Gymkhana Ground near its entrance would also be acquired for SRDP. The officials have decided to acquire nearly 100-feet land for widening the road. The HCA may not only lose land, but also nearly 100 decades-old trees too.

            Then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had laid a foundation stone in 1984 to construct a stadium at Gymkhana Ground, which is spread over 23 acre and under the aegis of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). According to the SRDP proposal, two skyways would come up in two different areas in the Secunderabad Cantonment.

            One skyway is between Paradise and Bowenpally Crossroads. During the survey, it was found that land might be required from Balamrai Pump House, MES Pump House, Begumpet Airport (compound wall), Tadbund junction and Ambedkar Statue at Bowenpally. Some land would also be acquired from the Bowenpally Police Station, SCB dispensary, Nandamuri Nagar, Kadakpura civil area, Tadbund civil area and a few old grant bungalows (OGBs).

            Another skyway is between SP Road and Air Force Station, Hakimpet. Land from Parade and Gymkhana Grounds would be acquired for the project. With 200 feet of land required for road-widening under SRDP, the SCB has already submitted a report on properties likely to be affected on both stretches to the Defence Estates Office and also the R&B Department.

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              Hyderabad builder fined Rs 10 lakh for releasing water on road

              the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) created a stir in the city by slapping a fine of `10 lakh on a construction firm for letting out water on Road No.14, Banjara HillsTNN | August 09, 2017, 17:00 IST

              HYDERABAD: Next time you wash your car or clean your house, be careful about how you dispose waste water. Letting it out on the road could land you in big trouble.

              On Monday, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) created a stir in the city by slapping a fine of `10 lakh on a construction firm for letting out water on Road No.14, Banjara Hills.

              In a first of its kind incident, it also suspended the building licence and filed a criminal case at the Banjara Hills police station for damage to public property . The GHMC seized two pump sets from the building site and stopped the construction until further orders.

              The construction compa ny had been letting out water from two sumps at the cellar of the under-construction residential and commercial complex. Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, during his nightly inspection, found huge quantities of water flowing on Road No. 3 and Road No. 14, damaging the recently-laid roads.He immediately alerted the town planning and engineering officials of the GHMC and filed a case in the police station. “We have filed a criminal case for damage of public property . The company was releasing water at night by using pump sets and huge pipes hidden under stones. During my midnight inspection, I found that it had flooded two major roads and had started eroding the newly-laid road near TV9 office,“ Rammohan told TOI.

              The offender was identified as Legend construction company , which was asked to cough up `10 lakh as penalty . The engineering and planning officials, who inspected the building, found that the two large sumps could store water from 10 tankers.

              “The water overflow was causing heavy damage to roads that were re-carpeted recently at a cost of `8 lakh,“ GHMC officials said. They warned that strict action would be taken against people, including penalties and criminal cases, for those releasing water on road.


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                CoWrks to develop 1.6 lakh sq ft coworking facility in Hyderabad

                CoWrks' facility will be spread over 1.6 lakh sq ft and will house at least 3,000 professionalsAshish Kulshrestha | ET Bureau | August 11, 2017, 15:00 IST

                HYDERABAD: CoWrks, an arm of commercial real estate developer RMZ, is building Telangana's largest coworking centre in Hyderabad. The centre will be part of Bengaluru-headquartered RMZ's commercial office space project Skyview, which is being executed in alliance with Hyderabad-based My Home Group. The 10-million sq ft office project is expected to be operational by January 2018.

                CoWrks' facility will be spread over 1.6 lakh sq ft and will house at least 3,000 professionals. This is CoWrks' fifth city venture after Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Chennai.

                Sidharth Menda, chief executive officer of CoWrks, said, “Hyderabad has been an attractive market for us and a lot of our clients in Bengaluru have been asking for spaces in this city, given their work requirements. Hence, we decided to foray into the city .“ The Hyderabad project is CoWrks' second-largest coworking centre, after its 1.62 lakh sq ft facility at RMZ Ecoworld in Bengaluru. India's largest coworking space in Mumbai, spread over 2.25 lakh sq ft, was leased by WeWork last fiscal.

                “This is the largest coworking centre in Telangana and also one of the largest co working centres to come up in the count ry ,“ said Surabhi Arora, senior associate director (research) at global real estate firm Colliers International.

                Arora said the concentration of coworking space could intensify in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gurugram due to the availability of adequate infrastructure and opportunities for startups in those cities.

                Hyderabad will gain momentum in the coworking segment with companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon having recently taken up large office spaces in the city, offering further opportunities for startups and SMEs.

                Menda of CoWrks declined to divulge the financial details, but experts said the investmentwould be about Rs 150 crore for an average lease period of 10 years, as CoWrks would be paying the parent company a rental.


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                  Walk with ease: 11 more foot over bridges to come up in Hyderabad

                  Nabinder Bommala| TNN | Updated: Aug 13, 2017, 10:20 AM IST HYDERABAD: In a move that is sure to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to set up 11 foot over bridges (FoB) in the city under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The FoBs are planned near Forum Sujana Mall in Kukatpally, Miyapur as well as ECIL, among others.While, work has already started on three of the bridges, others are in the design stage. "FoB's are essential at suitable intervals to provide a safe and ease passage for pedestrians," said a GHMC official, pointing out that they have kept in mind the needs of primarily senior citizens and those with limited mobility.

                  However, road safety experts were of the view that pelican crossing, subways and zebra crossing would have been a better option. "According to the norms, FoBs should come up in areas where the speed of vehicles is more than 50 kmph. These bridges are more useful at places like Outer Ring Road and on roads where the vehicle speeds are very high," said Suresh Raju, founder, Vaada foundation, an NGO working for road safety. In fact, experts recommended that it would be best for the city roads to have a pelican or zebra crossing every 500 meters. "The pelican crossing should be set up replete with cameras that can detect the pedestrian count and operate accordingly," said Suresh Raju.

                  A few pedestrians at Mehdipatnam said they felt subways were better than FoBs. "Most of the people use the road irrespective of the traffic movement as the escalators at some of these bridges don't work and people avoid using the stairs," said a student outside LV Prasad Eye Institute at Banjara Hills.

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                    Metro Rail to get lease of life in November

                    Ch Sushil Rao| TNN | Aug 15, 2017, 07:47 AM IST

                    Not withstanding the sudden optimism of the state government, the situation at ground zero does not appear ideal for the inauguration of the Metro Rail by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November this year.

                    IT and municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao on Monday said that an invitation has been extended to the Prime Minister to inaugurate the prestigious project in the city and a confirmation was awaited from the PMO.On Sunday , the Hyderabad Metro Rail had said that a 30-km stretch from Miyapur to Nagole would be ready for inauguration in November. The reality , however, is that project is nowhere close to completion. At best, the inauguration would be a `namesake' one if the 30-km Miyapur-Nagole stretch is to be launched in entirety .

                    Considering that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen that the PM inaugurate the project, KTR is said to be closely monitoring the progress on a dayto-day basis.

                    In spite of renewed push for the launch, the 30-km stretch, which will comprise portions of two corridors, may not be ready in time. In that case, the Miyapur-SR Nagar stretch, which is 11 km stretch on Corridor 1, and Nagole to Mettuguda stretch on Corridor 3, which is an 8km stretch, can only be inaugurated as they are ready . Officials say that even if the launch happens as planned, expecting trains to run from the day of inauguration would be asking for too much.

                    The HMRL and L&T are working overtime to at least get the Nagole to Begumpet stretch on Corridor 3 completed. This is because it would make no sense to drop passengers off at Mettuguda from Nagole.

                    In a huge relief, a total of 82% of the work has been completed on all the three stretches that have been planned in the city . That indicates that only 18% of the work is left. But it is this work that will make all the difference to the inauguration.

                    The three corridors on which the project has been planned are: Nagole-Raidurg(Corridor 3), Jubilee Bus Station-Faluknuma (Corridor 2) and Miyapur-LB Nagar (corridor 1). Speaking about the ongoing work, an official source in the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) said, "Work is going on at a fast pace." "Trial runs have been going on between Nagole and Mettuguda on Corridor 3, and also Miyapur to SR Nagar on Corridor 1," the official added.

                    A close examination of the work going on at YMCA Crossroads gives quite some indication about the situation on ground with regard to the elevated corridor of the metro rail. This place is an interchange station for Corridor 3 and Corridor 2. Similar work is also taking place at Chilkalguda Crossroads as also at Ameerpet interchange station. The Ameerpet station falls on the stretch to be inaugurated in November. At this station, Corridor 3 is on a lower level and Corridor 1 runs above it.
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                    An examination of the Greenlands station too shows that the entire work cannot be completed in three months with much left to be done. Similar is the situation at SP Road.

                    On December 18, 2015, KTR as well as ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy , T Padma Rao, Talasani Srinivas Yadav and several others were part of the official trial run from Mettuguda to Uppal on the way to Nagole. At that time, he had announced that the services would most likely start from June 2016. This, however, did not happen. Now, the inauguration has been slated for November this year -depending on whether Prime Minister Modi accepts and if the project is ready .

                    When contacted, HMRL MD NVS Reddy told TOI: "It is a herculean task, but we are confident of completing the 30-km stretch and making it operational in November."


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