The GHMC’s standing committee cleared the controversial proposal to develop a road abutting the Annapurna Studios at an estimated cost of Rs.7.2 crore at its weekly meeting here on Wednesday. The committee presided over by Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain has recommended the project for government’s approval despite strong objections raised by the opposition Telugu Desam corporators. The issue was not cleared in the last two meetings as the members sought more details about the work.

Two-way ramp

The road from Banjara Hills Road No.2 to Jubilee Hills Road No.5 (Krishnanagar junction) via the film studio is proposed to be improved by constructing a two-way ramp, a viaduct, service road and stormwater drains on both sides as an alternative road to facilitate the metro rail construction. The Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities have in principle agreed to bear 50 per cent of the cost. The TDP, led by its floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy, has charged the municipal corporation with bending to the studio management and processing the road work at unusual speed to facilitate widening and subsequently allowing a multi-storeyed building to come up.

This was despite the fact that the land for the studio was allotted for a public purpose at concessional rate, he alleged. “There are many key roads in the city which have not been taken up, citing lack of funds. What is the need to urgently take this up. We will take the matter to the courts,” said Mr. Reddy.

The panel also agreed to release Rs. 60 lakh for construction of ‘Anganwadi’ centres and a meeting has been proposed with the Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy District Collectors to identify the priority works. A sum of Rs.16,000 per sq.yard is also to be paid to eight of the 13 property owners as compensation for improving the Owaisi Hospital junction.

A sum of Rs.7.15 crore too has been sanctioned for awarding compensation to about 15 property owners on the Lakidikapul-S.D. Eye Hospital road for which negotiations were currently on. The Mayor also stated that instructions will soon be issued to allow zonal commissioners to allot works to the same contractor whenever any allotted work is expanded to speed it up without the need for fresh tenders.

Project recommended for government approval despite strong objections by opposition TDP corporators