V. Geetanath

HMDA draft plan moots 40 ft to 60 ft internal roads but GHMC wants it to be retained to 40ft

Maximum road widths are to be 150 ft, but for some stretches in Tarnaka and Dilsukhanagar

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) wants internal colony roads within the core city area to be retained at the maximum of 40 ft as against the 40 ft to 60 ft mooted in the Draft Master Plan (DMP) under preparation by Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).

Senior officials want the colony roads to be touched for widening only in necessary key areas with high traffic movement, otherwise it would be generally between 30 ft to 40 ft. Increased widths came into the picture due to the rise in apartments in several areas and future growth.

Zonal regulations are to be changed drastically, allowing flexible and multi-purpose land use in several high density commercial areas, for better usage of available space like Secunderabad railway station, Ameerpet, Abids, etc.

During the recently held public discussions, scores of suggestions and objections were raised and later these were vetted internally by municipal officials at different levels so as to prepare a detailed note, to be sent shortly across to HMDA to finalise the Master Plan for the erstwhile MCH area, constituting the core city.

More or less, the maximum road widths are to be 150 ft, save for a couple of road stretches in Tarnaka and Dilsukhanagar, where there is a proposal to widen up to 200 ft. There are more than 600 roads listed for improvement in the core area.

With land to land compensation more or less ruled out, structural and land compensation, along with increased Transfer of Developmental Rights (TDR), is on the anvil for properties to be affected during widening.

“If we are to have better road infrastructure including adequate footpaths, service roads and space for urban transport; there is no alternative but to widen roads. Redevelopment and rejuvenation is imperative for long term city growth,” said a senior official.

Metro corridor

For the three metro rail corridors of Miyapur-L.B.Nagar, Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam, GHMC wants commercial activities to be permitted for up to 250 metres rather than the 1.5 km in the DMP for better compliance and practical reasons.

Using vacant government lands for developing lung spaces was another point that was raised.

Erstwhile industrial estates of Azamabad (Musheerabad), Sanatnagar and others occupying several acres of land are likely to be brought to productive use by bringing them under the flexible land use rules.

“We can demarcate certain portion for public purpose like a park and allow commercial activities in some parts,” pointed out the official. Once the altercations are incorporated to the DMP, it will be sent to the government for approval.