Buoyed by the response of the awareness meeting with property owners of Kavadiguda, whose property is being acquired for widening the Kavadiguda-Hotel Marriott road, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to conduct similar meetings on stretches where properties will be taken over for road expansion.
Though the corporation has plans to widen all roads identified in the master plan over the next two years, priority would be given to roads on the three metro rail corridors.
Sources said nearly 40 roads were on the agenda of the corporation and 15 stretches on priority list for expansion. Over 500 properties have to be acquired on the metro rail corridor-II on stretches like Musheerabad-Narayanguda and Narayanguda-Kachiguda, where over 300 properties were being taken over for road expansion.
The GHMC’s town planning wing officials held an awareness meeting with property owners of Kavadiguda a couple of days ago for acquiring their properties for the Kavadiguda-Hotel Marriott stretch.
Of the 196 property owners, 30 had already given consent and 15 gave their consent immediately after the meeting. GHMC officials said similar meetings were conducted a couple of weeks ago with property owners of Radhika Theatre-Dammaiguda stretch, which would be widened to 100 feet. 40 of 150 property owners gave consent and 28 property owners of Ek Minar Road also gave their consent.
“Before forcibly acquiring a property under the Land Acquisition Act, the corporation wants to explain to the property owners the need for road expansion on the stretch and benefits that are being extended to them in the form of structural and land compensation or transferrable development rights (TDR),” GHMC chief city planner GV Raghu told TOI on Tuesday.
“There was an overwhelming response from property owners at some places. The corporation will go ahead with awareness meetings before taking up expansion of Masab Tank road, Narayanguda road and other stretches. Even squatters on government land vested with municipality (GVM) were being given ex gratia as they have been occupying the land for several decades,” he added.
The GHMC has decided to widen Masab Tank-SD Eye Hospital stretch, Madhapur road, Charminar-Golconda stretch and Road No 13 at Banjara Hills. Apart from new roads, the
existing roads which were not completed due to legal issues would also be taken up for widening.
The Chanchalguda-Madannapet road via Saidabad and Chandrayangutta junction-Peeli Dargah-Erra Kunta-Barkas were already taken up for widening a few years ago, but could
not be completed. Similarly, the Bahadurpura junction-Mira Alam junction road development plans were prepared, but expansion could not be completed.
News source: TimesofIndia