MCH looks the other way

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FLOUTING RULES: The new shopping mall at Ameerpet. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
FLOUTING RULES: The new shopping mall at Ameerpet. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

V. Geetanath

Mall-cum-multiplex at Ameerpet comes up sans permission

  • Not even a section officer has scanned the prospective project
  • Police Commissioner withdraws provisional clearance for multiplex theatres

    HYDERABAD: The MCH, in association with the Fire Services Department, has put several high rises under the scanner on fire safety and other regulatory aspects. Yet, it has been unusually coy to initiate action against big-time builders and their malls.

    While the Hyderabad Central's saga is now well-documented, official sources admit that frenetic efforts are on to get final clearance for another mall-cum-multiplex further across on Ameerpet road on the erstwhile Hyderabad Bottling Company site.

    Despite MCH not clearing the building plans anytime and not even a section officer having scanned the prospective project, the builder has gone ahead and completed the construction sans any permission from any official quarter.

    The mall-cum-multiplex has come up without the mandatory setbacks, making it very difficult for the Fire Services to give permission. The complex does not stand an iota of chance even if the latest rule of seven metres setback all round the building is not made applicable.

    Movement restricted

    With road on two sides and the setback on other two sides, it is just not enough for movement of a fire tender, admit official sources. When the Fire Service Department cancelled the provisional no objection certificate recently, the MCH too woke up to the illegal building and issued notices on why action cannot be taken against it.

    The Police Commissioner too is said to have withdrawn the provisional clearance for the multiplex theatres when he became aware of the complexities of the case.

    The city police can only give permission to run a cinema hall and not to construct one as per the Cinematography Act.

    Official sources revealed that the MCH has written to the Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) and HMWSSB not to give power and water/sewerage connections respectively, but are not sure if it will be complied with.

    To get round the rules, the builder has reportedly put up sprinklers all around the complex in lieu of setbacks all round in an effort to get fire service clearance!

    Fire safety appears to be the only stumbling block because higher echelons in the Government have already cleared all other `hurdles' to see it through.

    Somehow, the MCH remains oblivious to blatant building violations of a chosen few as yet another such construction of the same builder in Begumpet has been left untouched. Small plot owners or builders can only wring their hands in despair, as such luxuries are not extended to them.

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