HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) which took shape last year with addition of several new areas from surrounding districts to the jurisdiction of its earlier avatar, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, is yet to set up service centres to cover the freshly added areas.
The constituent areas of the expanded jurisdiction include 16 mandals of Hyderabad district, 10 mandals of Medak, 22 of Ranga Reddy district, two of Mahabubnagar and four mandals of Nalgonda district.
Given the wide jurisdiction, it was decided to set up five zonal offices with the departments of planning, engineering, environment and estate among others. Apart from these five zonal offices, the HMDA also proposed to have 10 service centres with a staff comprising junior planning officer, assistant engineers and others.
With no premises to call its own, the authority came into existence and has been functioning from different locations in the city but the reach out in the expanded areas in terms of service centres has remained a non-starter.
The centres were proposed at Chevela, Sangareddy, Narsapur, Shamirpet, Keesara, Bhuvanagiri, Ibrahimpatnam, Pochampally, Maheshwaram and Kothur.
Though expected to be in place by October 2008, a fund starved HMDA appears far from setting them up even in next few months. While four of the five proposed zonal offices have recently been started at Shankarpally, Kompally, Ghatkesar and Shamshabad, officials admit that they are yet to turn fully functional and catch up with the locals.
“Awareness has not been created among the locals on the establishment of these offices and hence lack of patronage,” an official said.
Ironically, the HMDA too is a long way from acquiring its own central office for which 8.5 acre site has been earmarked at Madhapur and the foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy several months back.
Conceived with a budget of around Rs.100 crore, designs from an Israeli agency were short listed but there has been no headway since then. Asked about it, an official quipped,
“Where is the money for the complex? Our coffers are empty.”