Staff Reporter

Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad issues eviction notices in line with court order

Vendors, shopkeepers to be given sufficient time Places have been identified to remove encroachments MCH preparing list of buildings flouting fire safety norms

HYDERABAD: The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) is likely to start its drive of removing encroachments on footpaths in some of the busiest areas in the twin cities from next week onwards.

Issuing of eviction notices commenced on Monday but the MCH wants to give sufficient time to shopkeepers and other vendors before taking up any drastic action. This is as per the directions of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, say senior officials.

The MCH has identified Koti, Abids, Ameerpet, Erragadda, Secunderabad railway station, Mehdipatnam crossroads and Charminar in the first phase of removing encroachments.

The High Court has asked the civic body to identify places wherever the footpaths were encroached but also said that reasonable time should be given for those to be evicted for them to remove encroachments voluntarily. If the warnings were not heeded, the MCH could go ahead with the demolition drive.

Building violations

The MCH has also submitted a list of 5,400 court cases pertaining to building violations and given stay orders by the lower courts - civil courts in Hyderabad and Secunderabad - to the High Court.

The High Court sought details of such cases and also applications filed by the corporation for vacating the ad interim injunctions to be supplied to the Chief Judge of the City Civil Court. He was then to transfer all such cases to two courts having jurisdiction over the matter.

Presiding officers of these two courts must dispose of the pending applications within the next 60 days. The City Civil Court Chief Justice was also asked to submit a report to the High Court within six weeks on the action taken by him and the officers subordinate to him.

There is already a marked decline in 'ex party injunctions' (where a party approaches the court fearing action by the MCH) obtained for building constructions. The MCH otherwise used to get close to 150 such orders with regard to constructions of ground plus two floors in a month.

The list of of cases submitted to the High Court also includes stay orders obtained following notices issued by the MCH on constructions coming up in violation of building norms - constructed without permission, with permission but adding more floors, misuse of cellars and set back violations.