G.O. 86: State agrees to discuss modifications

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Koneru's promise at builders' federation meet

  • Agitated builders bring construction work to a grinding halt
  • MCH officials agree that not many builders are coming forward to take up projects
  • Government committed to develop Hyderabad as an international destination

    HYDERABAD: Minister for Municipal Administration Koneru Ranga Rao on Friday agreed to call for a meeting to consider builders' demand on modifying certain clauses of controversial G.O.86.

    Participating in a meeting organised by the Greater Hyderabad Builders Federation here, Mr. Rao accepted the demand of the builders from the city and its suburbs and promised to call for the meeting with officials and representatives of the federation in the next few days.

    In the last six months, builders have brought construction work to almost a grinding halt stating that the clauses of the G.O. were not viable for the industry.

    "We are aware that construction industry has a problem and we will take necessary steps to ensure that work is not affected," Mr. Rao said.

    Earlier, Information and Public Relations Minister Mohd. Ali Shabbir said the Government was committed to develop the city as an international destination and if construction works stop, the growth too would be affected. He promised all possible support to small and middle level builders.

    "MCH officials agree that not many builders are coming forward to take up projects and in my capacity as District In-charge Minister, I request the Municipal Minister to take positive steps at the earliest," he said.

    In a quandary

    Hyderabad Urban Development Authority Chairman D. Sudheer Reddy said the construction industry was in a quandary following the Government Order.

    "Works coming to standstill has wider repercussions and affects affiliated sectors such as cement industry, labour, etc. I request the Municipal Administration Minister to put a full stop to the confusion at the earliest," he said.

    Loss of revenue

    Mayor T. Krishna Reddy said the G.O. had affected builders and also deprived MCH of Rs. 200-crore revenue.

    The federation representatives said 1,500 small and middle level builders were operating in the city and suburbs and their projects provided employment to 8 lakh labourers.

    Federation chairman Ravi Kumar said the Government brought out the G.O. in order to eliminate deviations but it appears set to eliminate the construction industry itself.

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