Opposition not convinced on the change in alignment thrice
Multi media presentation by Government on ORR comes a cropper TDP, CPI (M), TRS and BJP MLAs stick to their stand on changes in alignmentThree private clubs, realtors benefit due to change, say parties
HYDERABAD: As promised in the Assembly, the Government made an elaborate multi media presentation on the controversial Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad on Friday but not good enough to convince the Opposition on the change in alignment thrice for the Shamirpet junction.
The Telugu Desam, CPI (M), TRS and BJP MLAs stuck to their stand that the alignment was changed from the one presented to the court to benefit three private clubs and realtors in the vicinity. From a straight road it became a curved additional detour after being changed for the third time, they alleged, disagreeing with ORR project director Piyush Kumar's contention.
Government Chief Whip Kiran Kumar Reddy and Mr. Kumar explained that the extent of land to be acquired had increased after the concept of junctions was built into the project in 2004. The alignment had to be changed to rectify a mistake in the revenue map and to save a water body and mosque. The three clubs remained unaffected all through these changes. Three Ministers, P. Sabita Indra Reddy, N. Raghuveera Reddy and J. Geeta Reddy, were present.
Like in the Assembly, the event turned out to be long and tedious and at times political. TDP legislator P. Keshav said the Government was coming up with convenient reasons ranging from the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board's objections, hillocks, valleys to invoking religious sentiments to justify what were essentially "politically motivated junctions and changes in alignment."
The alignment at Kollur was changed for the benefit of two ruling party MLAs, he alleged and not for saving a Lambada habitation.
When TRS MLA E. Rajender alleged that 64 acres of land was bought and registered near Shamirpet after the land acquisition notification was issued, Mr. Kumar said he would take appropriate action. CPI (M) floor leader Nomula Narasimhaiah said the changes were essentially to benefit influential people leaving in the lurch those with small land holdings.
BJP leader G. Kishen Reddy said if the ORR was merged with Rajiv Rahadari near Shamirpet, the cost would have come down drastically.
On the Shamshabad junction, Mr. Kumar said that no other point was suitable. All those losing houses here would be given 250 yards each. The alignment at Pedda Amberpet had to be changed as it was passing through an 80-metre hillock, reserve forest and a valley.