Undertakes surprise visit to some localities in city
Traffic goes haywire at Masab Tank and surrounding areas
YSR deplores poor response to a scheme
HYDERABAD: In what was perceived as the launch of Congress campaign for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy undertook a surprise visit of certain localities along main arteries of the city on Friday. The municipal authorities, however, maintained that Dr. Reddy saw for himself the drive to clean various storm water drains ahead of monsoon.
He inspected the desilting of drains near the Pension Payment Office at Masab Tank and Singadakunta on Road No. 10 of Banjara Hills and visited the slums of Nandamuri Basava Taraka (NBT) Nagar on Road No. 12 of Banjara Hills and Durga Bhavani Nagar near Filmnagar. Traffic was thrown haywire at Masab Tank and surrounding areas for several hours following his visit in the sunny afternoon.
Addressing a public meeting at NBT Nagar, Dr. Reddy deplored the lack of response from public to a scheme to regularise houses constructed on Government lands. He said GO 166 for this purpose was issued six months ago but only 20 per cent of houses in the category were regularised in the area.
The procedure to regularise such constructions was simple as the house owners were required to submit only property tax, electricity or water bills. The process could well be completed even in the absence of these bills as the Municipal Corporation was in possession of the relevant records. However, the public failed to avail of the facility.
Dr. Reddy said there was little scope for regularisation of houses where they had come up near drainages and sites earmarked for widening of roads. He promised a new pipeline to supply drinking water in the area on a daily basis within six months.
At Durga Bhavani Nagar, the Chief Minister said the contract for construction of a water tank would be awarded on a nomination basis as no tenders were received for the work. An amount of Rs. 80 lakh was already sanctioned for the tank.
Dr. Reddy was accompanied by Ministers Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, D. Nagender and M. Mukesh Goud, GHMC Commissioner S.P. Singh, Additional Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu and Hyderabad Collector Naveen Mittal.