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Special police station to come up in Hyderabad to tackle illegal constructions

A special police station is all set to come up in Hyderabad to crack down on unauthorised constructions and civic violations. To be housed at Buddha Bhavan in Secunderabad, the police station, a first in the country will be a part of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)’s proposed Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management Cell.

Civic officials estimate about 10% of the 22 lakh houses in the GHMC limits to be unauthorised while over 50% are said to have deviations from the sanctioned building plans

With the new police station to be set up within a month, first information reports (FIRs) could be logged pertaining to illegal constructions.

According to the town planners, 461 unauthorized constructions and 222 canal encroachments were cleared since 2017.

Sandip Patnaik, managing director, JLL, Hyderabad, told ET last year that proactive government policy and infrastructural developments such as the Hyderabad Metro Rail, strategic road development and elevated corridors boosted the residential property market. The government has strengthened infrastructure in areas where major IT companies are coming up, such as Nanakramguda, Gachibowli and surroundings of Balaji Chilkur temple within the HMDA limits. Carving out of new districts in the vicinity of Hyderabad, like Shamshabad, Yadadari Bhuvanagiri and Vikarabad, has paid dividends.

The Enforcement Cell would include 100 police personnel, 20 for each of the five GHMC zone as a part of the service. Greater Hyderabad mayor Bonthu Rammohan informed that the Cell would have 600 employees and will monitor works pertaining to GHMC besides carrying out inspections.

Apart from illegal constructions, the Cell would impose penalties on establishments as well as people flouting norms including letting out water on roads, littering streets with debris and garbage. Also, the Cell would include all the civic grievances and the disaster management team would also be trained for emergency situations such as clearing water-logging points, uprooted electric poles and trees.

Source - Economic times

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