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Illegal construction and demolition in Hyderabad
For the past several years illegal constructions, buildings with deviations and grave deviations have come up, in and around the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Such massive quantum of constructions cannot take place, if the Town Planning department officials are alert and firmly dealt with the situation.

This could not happen due to lack of staff in the Town Planning department, indifference of the other officials and the previous government, the lands were under illegal occupation too and such things have happened.

The present Telangana Rashtra Samithi government has directed the GHMC to firmly deal with illegal constructions and resort to demolition of such structures that were illegal and built without permission in the city. Notice will be served to those constructions that have permission but built with deviations.

The GHMC with the help of the Police personnel has started demolishing several illegally constructed structures since yesterday morning. The move of the government has definitely put those people who have purchased units in those structures, to heavy loss and hardship. No doubt, the government will not compensate those buyers who have lost their money invested in those structures.

It would have been appreciable, if the present TRS government instead of demolishing those structures, should have taken over those buildings to allot to those beneficiaries under housing schemes promised in the party manifesto. Through the scheme the government would have planned to collect some percentage of the cost of the construction from the beneficiaries. That percentage of amount should have been passed on to those buyers who have invested in those structures.

The demolition, removing the debris and leveling the ground do cost a lot to the government exchequer, why such hard decision? Why can’t there be another Building Regularisation Scheme etc? The government should make strict rules; the erring officials should be penalized. Further the government should evolve with a reasonable policy, which benefits both the loser and the government.

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