More time given under CDS misused

HYDERABAD: The GHMC has decided to act tough against illegal constructions that have come up in different parts of the city misusing the extended time frame given to the Compulsory Disclosure Scheme (CDS). The scheme is meant to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts through penal fee payments.

Commissioner and Special Officer C.V.S.K. Sarma read the riot act to his men at a meeting held on Sunday at the head office. He is said to have pointed out that several illegal constructions have been taking place in all the 18 circles right under the nose of the town planning staff and wanted decisive action against 10 to 15 structures each day from now on.

Coordination

Chief City Planner B. Purushothama Reddy monitoring the CDS applications flow has been asked to coordinate with all the city planners concerned for taking up demolition of identified structures and submit an action taken report each day.

The Commissioner was also cut up with tardy pace of maintenance works especially after Rs. 1,200 crore was allotted for the same. Works of about Rs. 800 crore are on but painfully slow particularly those concerning the storm water drain improvement, construction of community halls, sports complexes and the like.

Warning

Dr. Sarma entrusted the senior officials including Additional Commissioners of Planning and Works -- K. Dhananjaya Reddy and M. Rajeswara Rao -- as also Chief Engineer Dhan Singh, to supervise the projects. He warned that if the sanctioned works are not completed by August 15 and community halls by October, all these will be deemed cancelled and fresh tenders will be called.

Notice boards

Notice boards giving information about the work details and probable completion date should be displayed at all spots, he suggested. In view of the monsoon, emergency squads should be formed with phone numbers of the officials in-charge be informed to the public.