Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Municipal Administration Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy has said that all high rise buildings in Greater Hyderabad would be verified for violations by April end in the backdrop of the recent building collapse at Narayanguda and fire accident at Park Hospital in Somajiguda.

The buildings would be photographed and violations, if any, taken seriously. The architects and structural engineers of buildings that violate norms would be blacklisted. The property tax of such premises would be doubled as punishment, Mr. Reddy informed the Assembly during Question Hour on Thursday.

The Minister said the Government was trying to identify the lapses at Narayanguda and Somajiguda and would initiate stringent action in both the incidents. In the case of Park Hospital, he said the Government had sealed the premises but it was reopened on interim court directions.

Mr. Reddy deplored that several cinema halls in the State functioned on the basis of temporary licences issued by Joint Collectors. The officials were asked to stop issuing the licences if the managements did not observe fire safety norms.