In lieu of land allotment, Board likely to seek public utilities in its limits in addition to licence fee

Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is in for more hurdles in executing the elevated metro project in the Cantonment limits with the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) mulling to introduce new clauses in lieu of land being allotted to it.

The SCB has to allot about 2.5 acres of its land at Jubilee Bus station, Picket, Defence Estates office and other areas to permit construction of piers.

Though the SCB had earlier given its nod, it is now contemplating asking HMR to execute a public utility project like a flyover, subways etc within SCB limits in addition to the licence fee to be paid.

The Director General of Defence Estates has advised executing a public utility project for lending Cantonment land for HMR, said SCB Chief Executive Officer Sujatha Gupta at a special board meeting on Friday.

Dues to Water Board

The Board has also decided to seek a special grant-in-aid of Rs. 52 crore from the defence headquarters for clearing long-pending dues to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB). Since there was a severe water problem, the payment would settle things once for all, she said.

The authorities this year have laid emphasis on improving basic amenities and hence, increased the annual development and maintenance works budget from the last year’s Rs.16 crore to Rs. 23 crore. Major chunk of funds is for roads – Rs. 9 crore, water supply - Rs.5 crore, buildings – Rs. 4 crore and drainages Rs. 4 crore. Gardens and sports facilities with walking and jogging tracks, volleyball, basketball, etc., are being planned. Educational institutions and other organisations can also use the facilities on payment of nominal rent, she explained.

A processing fee of Rs.1,500 per application is to be collected for mutation from here on along with enhancement of the compounding fee in different slabs of Rs. 2,000 (above three months and less than six months), Rs. 3,000 (above six months and less than one year) and Rs. 5,000 (above one year) for those in other than civil area. For applications within civil area, the compounding fee is Rs. 1,500 (above three months and less than six months), Rs. 2,000 (above six months and less than one year) and Rs.3,000 (above one year).

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