Special Correspondent

Elected representatives, property owners seek further reduction in road width

SCB plan to widen roads to 100 ft

It was later scaled down to 80 ft

HYDERABAD: The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) plan to widen seven busy roads has run into public resistance despite scaling down the proposed road widths.

Elected representatives and property owners have demanded further reduction in the road width or keep the work in abeyance.

SCB has prepared road development plans with JNTU’s help for widening roads to 100 ft initially. It was later scaled down to 80 ft. Once again it was brought down to by 10 ft more to save properties. “Seventy feet is an absolute necessity leaving five feet on each side for utilities. It is better not to widen if it is below as it does not serve any purpose,” declared SCB Chief Executive Officer V. Premchand at a public meeting on Sunday.

“While intentions of SCB are good, they should go according to the public opinion,” said Siddipet MP Sarvey Satyanarayana.

He was only echoing the overwhelming opinion among property owners that the road-widening was an absolute necessary considering the state of traffic on the cantonment but demolitions should be avoided to ensure the poor and the middle class do not suffer much. The vacant defence, Government lands as also the swank function palaces should be targeted first, many felt.

2,000 structures

More than 2,000 structures are to be affected when roads touching Secunderabad Club, Mahendra Hills, Sikh village, Tadbund, Bowenpally, Thirumalagiri, Bapujinagar, Hashmathpet, etc., are developed. Structural compensation and land compensation or extra FSI (floor space index) are being offered to affected owners.

Mr. Premchand explained that FSI of 2.0 will also be given for those opting for more floors in lieu of land compensation and there will also be a provision for transfer of developmental rights.

All the targeted roads are to be declared “commercial” as per the new master plan and the widths have to 80 ft at least as per norms. Defence Estates Officer S. Balakrishna said there was no alternative to widening.