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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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            Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, Larsen & Toubro clash over Metro malls

            TNN | Sep 26, 2017, 06:00 IST

            By:U Sudhakar Reddy

            HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) officials have strongly opposed concessionaire Larsen & Toubro's move for advance monetization of the transit oriented development (TOD) properties of metro rail by bringing in intermediaries and co-developers. Through monetization, L&T wants to lease the land allotted to them by the state government to third parties for a sum after which the latter will develop them as business models.

            According to sources, on the presumption that L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL), a special purpose vehicle to build and operate the metro, might suffer losses for five to six years after the launch of the project, the TS government has asked the concessionaire to submit a proposal for permitting intermediaries and co developers to support the project financially through monetization. However, even as L&T wanted to submit a proposal to that effect at a recent meeting, HMRL opposed it and pointed out the risks involved for the government in granting permission for monetization.

            Following the opposition by HMRL, chief secretary S P Singh has directed L&T to submit a proposal "duly bringing out as to how the interests of the government will be protected in the proposed monetisation." In its argument opposing the monetization, HMRL said: "The financial model envisages that 45% of revenues come from property development. If the concessionaire fails or abandons the project at any time, the government will have to run the metro rail and take over the liabilities of the concessionaire as per the provisions of the Concession Agreement.And if the properties are monetised by the concessionaire in advance, there will be no revenue for the state."

            HMRL said provisions of the Concession Agreement do not provide permission for bringing in intermediaries and co-developers through advance monetization of TOD rights. L&T insisted, "The monetization mechanism will be worked out in such a way that the government's interests will be protected and, that without monetization, it will be difficult for the concessionaire to execute the project beyond a point due to cost over runs."

            Even as this issue remains to be resolved, L&T has asked the TRS government to support its proposal for seeking additional grant from the Union government in view of the project cost increasing significantly . The project developer also sought permission to commence operations at Panjagutta and Hi-Tec City Malls (TOD) while the Concession Agreement allows leasing of the TOD only after commencement of the rail system. L&T has already built three malls and one more is in the making. All of them are expected to generate revenue once they become operational. The sources said, in response to L&T's request, the TRS government has asked it to send a proposal to government on the revenues to be generated from TOD prior to commencement of operations and said it will take a view on it after that.

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              Damaged roads, overflowing drains are big challenge for Mangalhat division

              Omar bin Taher| TNN | Sep 28, 2017, 10:01 IST CHARMINAR: Expressing anger over the apathy of the authorities concerned, residents of Balramgalli and Kagaziguda localities have complained that frequently overflowing drains and the pathetic condition of the roads have been much inconvenience to everyone passing through these areas.

              A resident of Balramgalli district, Babu Singh, said the devotees have to face a lot of problems due to the presence of drain water that routinely overflows right onto the road. He further added that the local leaders and authorities concerned are well aware of the situation in the locality but they failed to solve the problems permanently.

              "It is Navrantri Festival time. The devotees have been facing immense problems owing to the overflowing drains.Besides this, there is a lack of cleanliness in our locality though local leaders and au thorities are well aware of the problems but nothing has been done. I want them to at least pay attention to these problems which have become a head ache for us,'' Babu Singh complained.

              Residents of Kagaziguda district made similar complaints saying that the cutting of inner roads have caused accidents in the area. They said that some motorists met with accidents due to dug-up roads.Despite this, the authority concerned are not in a mood to visit the localities.

              "For the last 25 days we have had to undergo much suffering because of road cuttings in these areas. The roads have been dug into at haphazard locations. The motorists have to ride cautiously to avoid accidents.

              "Some motorists have met with accidents, after losing their control over their vehicles while trying to avoid dug up roads. We want the officials concerned to take note of the damaged road and ensure re pair or lay new road in the locality,'' said Sashi Kanth, one of the residents of Kagaziguda district. The situation turns worse when it rains in these areas.The accumulation of rain water in potholes and overflowing drains add to residents and motorists woes.

              The locals urged Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation authorities to take serious note of their problems and give them respite from broken roads and overflowing drains.


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                Telangna residents from various colonies cry foul over blanket ban on property registration

                After the Miyapur scam surfaced in May , the state government through district collectors of the respective districts banned registration of land where the government has interest on land parcelsKoride Mahesh | TNN | October 06, 2017, 14:30 IST

                HYDERABAD: Residents of several colonies are crying foul over the blanket ban imposed by the Telangana government on registration of properties across the state.The ban is a fallout of the Miyapur land scam. The residents of these colonies contend that their properties do not fall in the scam-tainted region, but because of the ban, they are unable to carry out registrations despite having paid fees under the Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) and Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) and secured clearances from various courts as well as building permissions from the civic body .

                After the Miyapur scam surfaced in May , the state government through district collectors of the respective districts banned registration of land where the government has interest on land parcels and claiming ownership (including CS 14 of 1958 cases) over them.

                Property owners in areas such as Vasanth Nagar colony, CBCID colony, NRSA Colony, Sardar Patel Nagar colony, Bhagatsingh Nagar Phase II in Hydernagar and others say they have nothing do with the Miyapur case and have taken permissions from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and erstwhile Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda).

                Flooded with complaints from various residential colonies, especially those from Hydernagar and Hafeezpet, the registration and stamps department is now forwarding letters to the Ranga Reddy district collector, seeking clarification. Some residential colony welfare associations have already represented the matter to Kukatpally MLA M Krishna Rao, who in turn has brought the issue to the notice of chief minster K Chandrasekhar Rao and explained the woes of those adversely affected due to the ban on registrations.

                Ever since the ban on registrations that came into effect four months ago, plot owners say they have been facing problems in selling houses or taking loans for children's education and other purposes.

                “As many as 10 colonies falling under Survey no 145 have won cases in various courts, including the one dealing with Land Grabbing.But we are unable to proceed with the registration due to the blanket ban,“ IDPL Cooperative House Building Society Y Nageshwara Rao told TOI. The layout with about 964 plots was developed in 1987 and registrations were done in the society from 2011 till this May after cases were won, he said.

                “We won the cases, including those dealing with Land Grabbing, and our plots numbering about 110 were registered by the court after the original owner absconded in 2000. Our colony residents paid the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) fee of about Rs 1.5 lakh for each plot in 2004. Now, the government says it is government land," Yelamanchili Ravi, president of CBCID Officers' Cooperative Housing Society , told TOI.

                Welfare associations allege that the district collector has sent the list without verifying the court cases and other details from the tahsildars before declaring them government land again.

                “Our layout was developed in 1985 and we have proved our title. Apart from ULC, our colony residents paid Layout Regularization Scheme (LRS) fees to the GHMC in 2008. The government should exclude genuine cases from the ban on registrations,“ N Narasimha Rao, secretary of NRSA Colony Welfare Association, said.

                Registration and stamps (R&S) department officials claim they have stopped registrations based on the list provided by the district collectors.

                “It is true some colonies got favourable orders from various courts on the ownership and some have got a no objection certificate and building permissions on their land. However, as long as the land survey numbers are in the district's prohibitory list, the department cannot register them," P Subba Rao, District Registrar (Ranga Reddy) of R&S department, told TOI on Thursday .

                He said he had representations from various colonies and they were sent to the district collector for further action.


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                  Ride on Nallagandla road is like popcorn in the popper

                  Nirupa Vatyam| TNN | Oct 11, 2017, 09:07 IST HYDERABAD: Navigating through a stretch of about seven km road in Nallagandla, Serilingampally has turned into a nightmare for commuters, especially after heavy rains turned roads into lakes.

                  Residents complain that with the condition of roads deteriorating, travel time has steeply increased, mainly due to the damage. "Hundreds of commuters use this road daily as there are many new housing projects in the locality. Many techies who wish to go towards the Microsoft office use this road as a short-cut. But, instead of reaching in usually 20-30 minutes, it is taking close to two hours to reach the destination," said Hridesh Gupta, with a touch of irony. Residents say there are at least four water logging points on the stretch--one near Pranam Hospital, others in front of Ratandeep Supermarket and Aparna County and opposite Hima Sai Lakeview apartment.

                  "The road is in very pathetic condition and waterlogging points on the stretch are adding to traffic woes.Because of the poor condition, there is always huge traffic jam in this particular lane and it's a nerve-racking experience to drive through this stretch," said Kranthi B, a commuter.

                  The road comes under roads and building (R&B) department, and is part of the radial road, which leads from Gachibowli to Vattinagulapally .

                  Authorities at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said whenever they receive complaints from residents, they carry out patchwork. "To avoid inconvenience to the public, we have addressed the complaints received, but the R&B department is supposed to maintain the road as it is part of the radial road," said Sudharshan, executive engineer of GHMC, West Zone. The R&B officials on the other hand, said that they haven't started widening work on the road yet.

                  "We are yet to take up work on the road. Recently we have done some patchwork on a part of the road," said Shyam Sunder from the department. Residents said the poor patchwork was washed out in the recent rain this week. According to the rulebook, re-carpeting of BT road should be taken up once every five years and for cement roads, it should be done once in 20 years. The norms say that pothole filling and patchwork should be done whenever need arises.

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                    Amaravati to have 18 towers of luxury flats for MLAs, officers

                    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday reviewed the progress on the housing project for government employees at a a meeting of the Capital Region Development Authority.IANS | Updated: October 11, 2017, 19:48 IST

                    AMARAVATI: As many as 18 towers of luxury flats for Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and All India Service (AIS) officers will come up in Amaravti, the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh, an official statement said on Wednesday.

                    Each flat will have built-up area of 3,500 sq ft and the towers will include a clubhouse and parking.

                    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday reviewed the progress on the housing project for government employees at a a meeting of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).

                    The designs for the towers and villas and blueprints and layouts of houses were presented to him by Team One India Pvt. Ltd.

                    According to a statement from CMO, the government has finalized NCC, L&T and Shapoorji Pallonji as the contractors for the completion of the housing project within the next six months.

                    Naidu revised administration sanction for the housing to Rs 2,652 crore, from the previous proposed cost of Rs 1,991 crore.

                    Non-gazetted officers will have 22 towers with each flat comprising built-up area of 1,200 sq feet. Type 1 Gazetted officers will have 8 towers (1,800 sq feet) and Type 2 Gazetted officers will have 7 towers (1,500 sq feet). Class IV officers will have six towers with flats of 900 sq feet.

                    Benjamin Yap, who has now become the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Consortium in Amaravati, informed the chief minister that the progress of different housing projects near the capital region is positive.

                    Naidu also announced all selected 123 farmers from the capital region will be sent to Singapore, for learning about the best practices in business and entrepreneurship. While the original plan was for sending 100 farmers, the Chief Minister gave the approval for more farmers.

                    "Their transition into the entrepreneurship sector must be smooth, so we must ensure that skill building is a continuous process," he said.

                    They are among the farmers who have given their lands for development of the state capital.

                    Naidu instructed the officials to make clear milestones, and ensure that all 32,000 families of the region are empowered, and become self-sustainable.

                    CRDA will allot 32 acres of land to 8 top schools to set up their campuses in Amaravati. Eight out of 11 top schools in the country have responded positively.

                    The Chief Minister told the officials to encourage more boarding schools, so that students from other states can also live here and study.

                    Naidu approved the establishment of a state level command centre, and allocated two acres for the same.

                    He also approved the set-up of a golf course across 70 acres, for national level events.


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                      Notice issued to housing society

                      TNN | Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 08:42 IST HYDERABAD: Begumpet police issued notices to the president and secretary of Margadarsi Cooperative Housing Society over allegations that they sold 32 plots to non-members.

                      The complaint was lodged by G Chandrasekhar, a businessman from Secunderabad. According to police, a notice has been issued under sections 91 and 106 of the Criminal Procedure Code to society president D Rajeswar, a resident of Sharada Nagar in Karwan, and secretary T Narasappa, a resident of Vidyanagar. "This is a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust. The duo allegedly registered 32 plots in Margadarshi Cooperative Housing Society to non-members from 1981 to 1986. We have instructed them to submit documents pertaining to this," police said.

                      Cops are looking into the allegations that 4.36 acres of prime land in Bowenapally worth crores of rupees were swindled. Police are also investigating the role of ineligible members who got the plots.


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