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    Civic body jolted into action

    Nabinder Bommala| TNN | Sep 5, 2017, 07:00 IST Image used for representation purpose only.

    HYDERABAD: Nearly a fortnight after TOI kicked off its 'Crater Hyderabad' campaign putting a spotlight on the pathetic condition of the city's roads, the civic authorities finally seem to have been jolted out of their slumber.
    For, several un-motorable stretches in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, reported in these columns, have been restored, including NTR Marg near Hussainsagar, Basheerbagh, Tankbund Road opposite GHMC office, Nampally Road, BHEL Road and Chintalkunta Road in LB Nagar circle.

    On the partially damaged NTR Marg where an accident took place on Aug 18, the victim hung his helmet from a stick on the road to alert other commuters. The patch was restored the very day TOI published the picture.

    "The road is maintained by HMDA. We informed the HMDA engineer responsible and it was restored the same day ," said a GHMC official.

    Another stretch was the busy Nampally Road, which has been re-carpeted. Though happy, commuters said the authorities need to maintain it properly. "This road needed urgent repairs as it used to turn into a nightmare, especially during monsoons due to potholes and rain water cascading down metro rail pillars. Now on, the road should be maintained and digging should not be allowed, at least till monsoon ends," said Aron Ankit, a techie who commutes on the stretch.

    "For roads to remain in good condition, strict vigilance is required. The authorities should take strict action against companies and individuals who damage roads with activities such as digging or letting water flow onto the roads. Fines should also be imposed on those littering the roads," said Anumula Vinod Kumar, a retired central government employee, who uses the recently restored Chintalkunta road in LB Nagar circle.








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      RERA notified, but Telangana stutters to put realty mechanism in place

      Koride Mahesh| TNN | Sep 6, 2017, 09:38 IST Representative image

      HYDERABAD: Even a month after the much-awaited Real Estate Regulatory Authority(RERA) Rules were notified by the Telangana government, the state is yet to put a mechanism in place for builders to register their firms and prospective property buyers to file complaints against errant and deceitful sellers.
      As a result, there is confusion among citizens as to whom they should approach for filing a complaint on violations by builders and seek justice. In the meantime, taking advantage of the ambiguity, some firms having ongoing projects have put them on fast track in order to avoid the financial and other fallouts that would happen once RERA becomes operational.

      The municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department notified the RERA Rules on August 3, three months after the Centre asked the states to implement them from May 1, 2017.

      "The delay is due to pressure on the state government from the real estate lobby," B Mruty un Jayam, a consumer activist and a resident of Hema Nagar (Boduppal), said. Officials said since the chairperson has to be a serving or retired High Court judge, the names should be recommended by the Hyderabad High Court. The government cannot appoint members without naming the chairman. "The government will soon make ad hoc arrangements," Navin Mittal, secretary of MA&UD department, told TOI.

      Builders have to register all projects

      As per the RERA rules, all builders and infra companies have to register their projects approved after January 1, 2017, including ongoing projects, with the regulatory authority on payment of a nominal registraton fee. The firms cannot advertise and sell their ventures without registration. A website would have to be launched for registrations and taking complaints, while real estate agents have to register their names with the authority.

      For creating the authority, the MA&UD department was supposed to appoint a chairperson and members. An appellate tribunal also has to be constituted.









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        GHMC to probe Peacock Lake pollution level

        TNN | Sep 11, 2017, 08:26 IST
        HYDERABAD: The Peacock Lake will soon be restored to its glory as the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) along with the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has decided to conduct a thorough study to determine the toxicity levels of the lake.The move comes a day after a field survey was conducted by representatives from various organisations including GHMC, University of Hyderabad, TSPCB among other organisations accused of discharging sewage water into the lake, on Saturday.

        "We have decided to conduct a study wherein the executive engineers from GHMC will determine what kind of water is being discharged in the lake -storm water or sewage water -and the spots from where it is entering the lake. We will be inspecting all the water connections that lead to the lake," said Harichandana, commissioner of West zone, GHMC.

        She further added that the study will begin from Monday of which TSPCB officials will also be a part of. "Once we determine the spots from where the water is entering the lake, the TSPCB will collect samples from the lake and determine the toxicity levels. If the findings of the study reveals that the lake is indeed toxic and hazardous to the wildlife on campus, we shall look for solutions to divert the sewage water entering the lake or will try to treat it," said Harichandana.

        The commissioner has also instructed the Gachibowli stadium authorities to set up sewage treatment units.Apart from this, even the university has constituted a committee to probe the pollution in the lake. Expressing concern over the lack of accountability , environmentalists feared that the condition of the lake one among the four major lakes in UoH -will deteriorate further if the sewage inflow isn't stopped.

        "We demanded the authorities that before the inspection is undertaken, the sewage should be stopped immediately. The tests and other rejuvenation programs can be done at a later stage," said Ravi Jillapalli, founder of Wild Lens, a wildlife protection group at UoH, who had previously petitioned to the PMO on this issue.








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          Andhra Pradesh is biggest beneficiary of Centre's housing scheme: Minister Narayana

          Dr P Narayana said that the works on 1.32 lakh houses were already started and they are going to launch second phase works in another fortnight.September 22, 2017, 15:00 IST

          NELLORE: Stating that Andhra Pradesh government is committed to provide houses to every eligible person, municipal administration and urban development minister Dr P Narayana has said that they are confident of handing over the keys to the beneficiaries by next year Dasara. He said that the works on 1.32 lakh houses were already started and they are going to launch second phase works in another fortnight.

          Narayana made a whirlwind visit in city on Tuesday as part of Intintiki TDP programme and interacted with the locals in Nawab Pet area. Responding to the pleas from the locals, minister assured that they would not leave even a single eligible person out of the housing scheme bracket.

          He said that AP is the highest beneficiary of the urban housing scheme from the Centre as it got 5.39 lakh houses. He said that they would tie-up with the contractors for all the phases of the project in next few weeks as they wanted to complete the project in another 12 months. He further said that houses for weaker sections would be constructed with premium quality and international standards. He said that Centre itself was surprised to learn about the Shear Wall technology being followed by AP for urban housing scheme.

          He said that they have already identified the beneficiaries in many cities and towns in the state and process is on in a few other towns. “We are committed to complete the first phase of the housing project by next April and complete all the houses by next year Dasara,” said Narayana. He said that they were ready to include any number of eligible people into the scheme as the chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is very particular about providing houses to all the poor.

          Recalling the party founder NT Ramarao’s agenda of providing food, cloth and shelter for the poor, Narayana said that Chandrababu Naidu is working overtime to realise the goal. He said that TDP is the party of the weaker sections as it came back into power only with the blessings and support of the weaker sections. He explained that this is the reason for chief minister increasing the welfare pensions for elderly people and physically challenged by five-fold even when the state was reeling under serious financial crisis.









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