Private property near Pantaloon acquired for Rs. 3.41 crore to widen the road
In a major relief to scores of commuters traversing through Begumpet, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) began dismantling the outer walls of the storm water drain near Pantaloon after successfully acquiring a private property on Wednesday.
Commissioner Sameer Sharma said the private owner, Kochar, has been paid Rs.3.41 crore to acquire 1003 sq.yards of roadside space atop the drain after completing all the necessary legal processes paving the way for removing a major traffic bottleneck for road widening.
After removing the various pipelines and cables belonging to the government departments and private firms, a slab would be laid for the use of traffic.
Another slab would be laid on the opposite side covering 391 sq.yards atop the drain. Mr. Sharma pointed out that the master plan which envisaged widening of road from Begumpet flyover to S.P. Road to a width of 150 ft was held up at a few places due to litigation and other reasons. The property belonging to Vijay Kochar and others was one such property whose acquisition was delayed leading to major traffic jams as the road width was narrowed down to less than 60 ft.
It had forced the traffic police to streamline vehicular movement by allowing vehicles to move in phases especially during peak hours.
The issue was resolved only after painstaking negotiations taken up by senior officials with the property owner who consented to hand over the land after payment of the compensation amount, he said. Additional Commissioner (Development Planning) K. Dhananjaya Reddy said work on construction of the culvert on both sides as well as widening of the roads would begin from Friday and expected to be completed in two months.
Tenders for the works estimated to cost upto Rs.80 lakh were already awarded and once completed 40 ft of extra width towards the Kochar Apartments side and another 30 ft on the Pantaloon side would be available for traffic movement.
The Commissioner also said that serious efforts were also on to acquire two more properties - Alladdin building and Jabbar building near the Shopper's Stop, which are the other two major traffic bottlenecks through negotiations as cases were pending in the High Court.
The Heritage committee had earlier given permission for taking over the open land before Alladdin building for road widening.