Plan to build community halls in open areas of sanctioned layouts put on hold

The Secunderabad Cantonment Board’s (SCB) plan to introduce mortgage clause for building plan approvals and revision of water charges were opposed by elected board members until the next meeting.

This apart, the proposal to construct community halls in open areas of sanctioned layouts too was put on hold. SCB Chief Executive Officer S. Balakrishna informed the board, which met here on Thursday, that the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) increased water charges from Rs.6.50 per kilolitre to Rs.13.50 per kilolitre since last November.

Proper water supply

While the monthly water bill was Rs.1.06 crore, close to Rs. 30 lakh was being collected from residents per month. “In addition, electricity charges too have gone up and also the maintenance and machinery expenditure. All these factors have pushed the cost per kilolitre to Rs.15-Rs.18 but we propose to collect just Rs.13.50 per kilolitre,” he said.

Countering the proposal, elected board members wanted authorities to first ensure proper water supply to all the colonies and commission the Mahendra Hills-Karkhana pipeline.

They charged that many colonies and slums were being supplied water once in four days.

Problems for applicants

The move to introduce mortgage clause for building plan approval was also rejected. While the authorities said the move would aid in curbing unauthorised constructions and deviations from the sanctioned plan, members argued that it would in turn create problems for applicants.

The GHMC implemented the mortgage clause but it permits construction of more floors whereas within the Cantonment, the permission is for G+2 structures only. This would make things very “tough” for applicants, observed the elected board members.

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