The government has issued orders appointing a five member committee with the Director of Town & Country Planning as the Chairman to formulate draft rules for giving permission for constructing Foot over Bridges (FoBs) linking two bifurcated properties over a public property.
The decision was taken as there were no specific rules or a policy to deal with requests seeking such permissions being made to the urban local bodies. Other members of the panel are the GHMC Additional Commissioner (Planning), a representative of the Director General of Fire & Emergency Services Department, representative of the Director General of Police and a representative of the Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration.
The committee has been asked to submit a report within a fortnight.
Hereafter requests for such FoBs would be considered only if they are approved by the town planning official concerned, impact fee imposition and no-objection certificates by the Fire & Emergency Services department, besides the new rules which would come into force.
In a separate order, the government has also rejected a request by the GHMC to retain 23 assistant executive engineers and assistant engineers who are working on deputation till the vacancies are filled through the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission.
The Commissioner's plea was that immediate repatriation would affect the ongoing works but the government decided for repatriation since orders were already issued to send back all the officials to their respective parent departments.