‘Agencies are only concentrating on garnering ad revenue than providing amenities to the citizens’

The GHMC has decided to impose a penalty with a maximum fee of Rs.60,000 on agencies not maintaining bus shelters properly.

This was after Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain pointed out the shabby maintenance of many bus shelters in the city during an inspection on Wednesday night. They were not only dirty but also lacked proper lighting and seating arrangements, even near the Chief Minister’s camp office, he said.

Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu immediately instructed Additional Commissioner (Advertisement) Jayaraj Kennedy to identify such bus shelters and impose a fine. The Mayor’s contention was that the agencies which have bagged the rights to construct modern bus shelters were only concentrating on garnering ad revenue than providing amenities to the citizens as one out of five shelters were in a bad shape.

He, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Rajkumar and senior GHMC officials, went around various flyovers at Begumpet, Masab Tank, Punjagutta and others to look at the art work, including those of Kalamkari and murals put up by artists from the city and from places like Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam, for the ongoing biodiversity meeting, a press release said.

Mr. Hussain appreciated their work and thanked them for giving the capital an artistic look.

Additional Commissioners P. Anuradha (Sports), N. Chandramohan Reddy (Parks) and other officials were present.

Expressway project

Earlier in the day, the Mayor presided over the standing committee meeting where a project of converting the inner ring road to an expressway from Owaisi Hospital Crossroads to Azamgarh Junction at an estimated cost of Rs.41 crore was approved.

It was also decided to pay a Rs.16,000 per sq. yard as compensation for 13 property owners living on Central-government-owned lands to develop the Owaisi Hospital Junction, Santoshnagar to L.B. Nagar Road, Champapet and Sultanvala village roads.

Compensation amounts for acquiring three properties between Chatrinaka police station and Chandrayangutta for the Kandikalgate road-over-bridge was also approved, so was a sports complex proposed at Adikmet estimated to cost Rs.3.5 crore.

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