Special Correspondent

It wants to develop 8 roads, take up at least four next year

HUDA agrees to pay structural compensation through SCB

Property valuation exercise is on, road designs ready

HYDERABAD: While it tries to convince the local populace on road-widening, the Secunderabad Canheadtonment Board (SCB) has written to the Central government seeking permission to takeover 20 acres of vacant army land.

Officials are confident of getting the request cleared pretty soon and it would give a big fillip to the widening plan as the major roads slated for an overhaul pass through the Defence lands. SCB wants to develop eight roads and take up at least four early next year.

HUDA works

It has selected four roads to be developed by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) – Mahendra Hills to Bison Gate, Sikh Village, Secunderabad Club to Safilguda and Bapujinagar to Hashmathpet. To begin with two of these roads will be taken up.

Other four roads – Tadbund to Mastan Café, Karkhana police station to Diamond Point, Tadbund to Bapujinagar, Trimulgherry to R.K. Puram flyover are to be developed by the SCB itself. Two among these will be taken up in the coming months.

SCB Chief Executive Officer V. Premchand said that the HUDA will take up once the site clearance is done on the select stretches. The urban development authority had also agreed to pay for the structural compensation through the SCB since it was not permitted under the prevailing building bylaws of the latter.

Clearances

The draft building bylaws cleared by SCB is at an advanced stage of consideration by the Ministry of Defence and before a gazette notification comes, special clearance has been sought to start compensation payments.

While road designs are ready, the property valuation exercise is on after which notices might be served to property-owners.

Property-owners are being offered an extra FSI of over and above 2.0 which means ground plus three floors will be allowed in lieu of land compensation.

Cantonment authorities have identified 200 encroachments on the eight roads and are also making a note of unauthorised constructions.