Call to remove encroachments to save historical, heritage buildings

Hyderabad: Archeology Department Director Visalakshi has said the old historical, heritage buildings are more in the GHMC jurisdiction than those in other States and there is an urgent need to improve their existing structural conditions by removing all encroachments.

GHMC Commissioner Dr B. Janardhan Reddy held a review meeting at Seven Tombs in Shaikpet with all the Zonal Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, heads of various departments with regard to various civic issues. While interacting with the officials, Visalakshi said most of the tourists from within the country and abroad were regularly visiting these heritage tourist spots. She requested the GHMC Commissioner to direct all the Zonal and Deputy Commissioners to take appropriate steps to remove encroachments all along the road entrances of the heritages and historical buildings and to beautify all the tourist spots by providing modern infrastructure and security.

As part of minimizing the expenditure during review meetings at Paryataka Bhavan and other star hotels, the GHMC Commissioner decided to have review meetings at such historical and tourists places so that actual existing situation can be assessed more authentically.

During the review meeting, Rs 5 meals were arranged to the officials to save money. Earlier, the commissioner held a weekly review meeting with GHMC officials on improvement of property tax collection, Swachh Survekshan, defacement of public properties, removal of encroachments/un-authorized constructions, court cases, elections and other issues. The commissioner also instructed the officials to implement 100% segregation of dry and wet waste from January 26. – NSS

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