After imposing toll tax on motorists using the Outer Ring Road, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority is now planning to levy impact fee on upcoming buildings on either side of the radial roads to recover the crores of rupees being spent on its development . Radial roads provide crucial connectivity from urban, semi-urban and rural areas to the Outer and Inner Ring Roads. However, builders and developers are against the levy of additional impact fee. “Levy of more taxes on construction of buildings outside city limits will only increase the congestion and density of population in the city,” said C. Sekhar Reddy of the confederation of real estate developers’ association of India. Officials said the cash-starved HMDA has been developing radial roads with loans obtained from Japan International Co-operation Agency. About `400 crore is being spent on the development of 33 radial roads around the city. “A final decision on the impact fee is yet to be taken,” an official said.
The HMDA is writing to the concerned departments for the maintenance of radial roads. falling under their respective jurisdictions once the HMDA completes the widening-cum-development work. Even the maintenance of radial roads poses a question for authorities. The HMDA is executing the project as a one-time widening-cum-improvement project. There are 33 radial roads that either fall under the jurisdiction of GHMC, HMDA, Roads and Buildings, State and National Highways, or district collectorates of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda or Mahbubnagar. Though 33 radial roads were identified for development, the cash-starved HMDA is not taking up development of all the corridors. It is likely to leave out over a dozen of the 33 radial roads citing less traffic volume. As such, no immediate widening and development is required. Also, The HMDA has started writing letters to the concerned departments to take over the maintenance of radial roads falling under their respective jurisdictions once the HMDA completes the widening-cum-development work. If the State government wants to decongest the core city, it should offer incentives for buildings and projects that will be taken up on radial roads outside the city limits.