GHMC Experiments With Implosive Technology Gets 75 Percent Result

GHMC which is focusing on streamlining the construction activity, on Monday tried to use advanced implosive technology to demolish an illegal structure and utterly failed.

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation utterly failed in utilising advanced technology used in demolishing illegal constructions. The GHMC has been trying to create fear amongst those builders who flout the norms and go ahead with illegal construction. As part of its efforts, the Corporation demolished a five-storey structure which was under construction in the Sunnam Cheruvu buffer zone at Madhapur. A private agency was given the responsibility of demolishing the structures using this technology. However, this experiment was only 75 percent success, said GHMC Mayor Bontu Ram Mohan.

This is the first time that a building was demolished using the implosive method, said officials.

The Mayor warned builders who resort to illegal constructions that stringent action will be taken against them. As this method yielded 75 per cent results, more experiments would be made to use the implosion technology in full scale, he added. This method removes the inconvenience to the neighbours while demolishing the structure, the Mayor said.

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MIM MLA Intervenes While GHMC Officials Fell Wall In Banjara Hills

The residents of a colony in Banjara Hills Road No 3 are crying foul as GHMC is trying to takeover a road which was constructed on their private land. But the owner of the plot has different story.
MIM MLA Intervenes While GHMC Officials Fell Wall In Banjara Hills

Hyderabad:  The incident that is taking place in Banjara Hills Road No 3 is a caution to people who take permission for group housing in the city. The GHMC officials are issuing orders that people who constructed the houses under group housing cannot renovate their homes and are warning that their group housing permission will be cancelled even if they try to change the walls of their homes.

The municipal officials are trying to take over the colony road in Banjara Hills Road No 3, claiming it to be government road. In this context, the GHMC issued notices to the members of the colony that they would demolish the colony wall and change the road into the public road and started making arrangements on a war footing.


C Girija Reddy of Dexo Pharma Private Limited and four others bought 6,500 to 7,000 feet land in Banjara Hills Road No 3 in 1985-86 after forming as a group. They have constructed houses under group housing.  To keep the colony peaceful they have left 30 feet for the sake of road in their land and constructed five independent houses. They have arranged for a security guard also for the colony.

Though they have not faced any problems till 2012, some employees from GHMC came to measure the colony road in the same year. Suspecting that it might be something foul, the colony residents wrote a letter to GHMC that the road is not a government road and that they have turned their land into the road. Though GHMC did not respond, they thought they had put their case forward.

The owner of the plot that is opposite to their colony road obtained permissions with the help of GHMC Commissioner by showing our road as government road, alleged the residents of the colony. They also said that there is a government road from Road No 14 for the plot, we only come to know later that the road in our colony was measured to grant permission to him, they added.

The GHMC which did not respond to their letter in 2012, glued notices to colony gates in last May that they have occupied the government road. The GHMC staff was there by morning to demolish the walls. However, as the colony residents resisted their attempts, they returned.  After some time, notices were issued that the houses in the colony were not under group housing. They have also mentioned in the notice that they would take possession of the road by demolishing the gate and wall in 24 hours. If the GHMC wants to issue notices, they can issue them about internal walls and not for taking over the colony road, is the argument of colony residents.

True, that the internal walls must be removed if the construction is under group housing. But, all the villa projects in the city have internal walls. Did the government take into possession the roads in such areas? Is the question being posed by the residents.

However, Potluri Vara Prasad (PVP), the owner of the plot says he has pucca documents. MIM MLA of Caravan Kausar reprimanded the officials bulldozing his way. The police were deployed. Prasad said he has purchased every inch of the land and the GHMC has to give him access to the main road. If the colony residents have any problem they can go to court. He reiterated that the land belongs to the government the argument of the colony residence is not based on facts.

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Cases Booked Against L&T Officials For Not Filling Potholes

Cases were filed against the staff of infrastructure companies like L&T and Jeo for leaving potholes unfilled.

Hyderabad: Criminal cases were booked against L&T officials for their reckless actions regarding metro works. The L&T staff did not fill the potholes that were dug to install a metro pillar between RBI quarters and Yousufguda. The GHMC Central Zone officials filed a complaint against them in Jubilee Hills Police Station. As the officials did not respond to their notices issued twice, GHMC officials filed a complaint about legal action against them. On the complaint filed by GHMC Circle -10 Officer Soundarya, the police filed a case against the construction company under Section 427.

Another case was filed against Jio staff for the same reason. Cases were filed against Jio for not filling the potholes at Borabanda site-2. The cases were filed against them in S R Nagar Police Station.

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GHMC cracks down on hotels for not maintaining hygiene

Hyderabad: The GHMC officials on Monday raided hotels and restaurants across the city as they were not maintaining sanitation and using unstamped goat meat. Keeping in view the importance of the health of citizens, these inspections and raids have been carried out in the entire GHMC jurisdiction.

Earlier, the GHMC has appealed to all the hoteliers, restaurants etc., to maintain hygienic conditions and also to use only stamped goat meat and based on the information and complaints received, the GHMC officials have swung into action and raided and closed some of the hotels and restaurants.

As per the information received the concerned deputy municipal commissioners along with the officials of sanitation and veterinary wing have inspected and action has been initiated in this regard.

The following are the hotels and where the inspections and raids have been conducted:

Sagar Restaurant at Shapurnagar which is using unstamped meat has been seized.  Sohail Hotel at Nalgonda X Roads for unstamped meat imposed fine of Rs 40,000;  Astoria hotel at RTC X Roads for unhygienic conditions has imposed fine of Rs 10,000;  Paradise hotel at IS Sadan for unstamped meat and unhygienic Rs 20,000 imposed; Minerva Grand at S.D. Road, Secunderabad for unhygienic conditions and unstamped meat Rs 20,000 imposed;  Al Shaba Hotel at Gachibowli unstamped meat Rs 20,000 imposed; and  Drunk Yard Shivani Restaurant and Bar at Gachibowli for unstamped meat Rs 10,000 imposed

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Traders urged to renew licences by April 30

Hyderabad: All the traders under GHMC limits were requested to renew their trade licences on or before April 30 for 2017-18 as required under Section 521 and 622 of GHMC Act, 1955, in any e-Seva centre/CSC in GHMC and those who have not obtained trade licence so far are required to apply in online or approach any e-Seva centre/CSC, GHMC Head Office and Circle Offices.

The traders, who renew their licences between May 1 and June 30, 2017 will have to pay 25% extra licence fee as penalty and those who renew them from July l onwards will have to pay 50% licence fee extra as penalty in addition to the original trade licence fee.

The GHMC appealed to all traders to avail opportunity to obtain trade licence by placing online applications for obtaining Provisional Trade Licence Certificate immediately from e-Seva /CSC GHMC. Further information can be obtained from GHMC website  (NSS)

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Municipal Corporation has issued ‘RED Alert’ for 3 days.*

Hyderabad: Mean temperature will be between 45.1 to 48.5degrees Celsius.
Please drink 6-7 liters of water a day, Avoid going out in open sun from 11AM- 4 PM.
Circulate this message in family & friends.

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BDL donates Rs 2 cr to GHMC for She Toilets under CSR

Hyderabad: The Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has entered into an agreement with the GHMC with regard to 30 She-Toilets in the city as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. BDL executive director Dr NK Raju, GHMC Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy signed in presence of GHMC Mayor B Rammohan here on Saturday to give Rs 2 crore for the project.

Expressing happiness over the agreement, Rammohan said he was happy for several corporate companies’ involvement in the development and in sanitary programmes in the city. He revealed that already SBH, HUDCO, IOC and other companies approached GHMC in this regard.

GHMC Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy said several companies extended financial assistance as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to construct more than 60 She-Toilets in the City. He said the She-Toilets were in progress at Charminar, Secunderabad, Passport Office, Golconda,  Mehdipatnam Bus Stand, Dilsukhnagar Bus Stand, Secunderabad Bus Stand, Koti Women’s College, Habsiguda LIC Office, Aramgarh Chowrasta, Park Lane, General Bazar, Krishnakanth Park, Cancer Hospital, KBR Park, Shilparamam Bus Stop and at 15 other places.

He also said She-Toilets would be constructed at 30 more places with the financial help of BDL.  “The company would extend financial help to the GHMC as part of CSR in the coming three years for the construction of She-Toilets across the city,” said NK Raju.

He said that the company would extend its financial assistance to Swachh Bharat programmes.

Deputy mayor Baba Fasiyuddin, GHMC additional commissioner Ravi Kiran, zonal commissioner Harichandana, Solid Waste Management EE Srinivas Reddy, BDL general managers Neelakantappa, Jagadeeshwar Rao, Battu Srinivas and others participated in the programme. (NSS)

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KTR Dispels Rumours On Water Shortage In Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Minister for Municipal Administration K. Taraka Ramarao on Thursday dispelled apprehensions about an alarming situation for water supply in Hyderabad as there were sufficient quantities of water available in the source reservoirs for providing normal water supply.

Stating this during question hour in the Assembly, KTR pointed out that from the Krishna scheme 270 million gallons per day (MGD) and 172 MGD from Godavari scheme through Yellampally barrage could be drawn.

Presently 404 MGD is being supplied from all sources compared to last year supply of 355 MGD. Further an additional 28 MGD from Krishna scheme and 58 MGD from Godavari scheme will be supplemented from April onwards, he explained.

Stoutly denying that many areas under GHMC limits were not getting proper water supply, KTR explained that there were 4.74 lakh service connections in seven divisions of the core city. At present, water supply was being provided on alternate days in the core city ensuring the 150 LPCD as per norms. Daily water supply is also being provided to the BPL families in the slum areas wherever it was feasible, he added.

KTR further said in the peripheral circles, there are seven divisions having 4.30 lakh connections. About four lakh connections are being provided with alternate water supply besides daily supplies for BPL families in the feasible areas.

In order to improve the water supply, the ongoing project was being expedited to be commissioned from April onwards in phases so that improved water supply would be ensured to all service connections in the peripheral circles, he added.

He further pointed out that as per the CPHEEO norms (Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation) of the Union Ministry of Urban Development, the per capita water supply to be provided for domestic purposes is 150 LPCD with 15 per cent UFW.

Accordingly, the quantum of water required for the present population of 95 lakh in Hyderabad for domestic purposes was assessed to be 360 MGD. However, presently 372 MGD of water supply was being provided in the city, he added.

In order to supplement additional water, the minister explained, one transmission line which required rehabilitation under Krishna Project is being taken up and would be completed by the end of March through which additional 28 MGD would be provided into distribution system for improvement of water supply. Further additional 58 MGD would be supplemented in a phased manner into the peripheral circles on completion of the ongoing project from April onwards, he added.

KTR said HMWS&SB has also taken up the summer action plan at a cost of Rs 5.8 crore to attend to repairs of hand bore-wells, power bore-wells, valves, junction works, providing additional tanker trips etc to cope with summer contingency problems and ensure proper water supply in the city.

Senior officers are deployed to monitor the shortfalls of water supply to any reservoir or division and to ensure sufficient quantities for the next day supplies. Also the flow rates through bulk flow meters are being monitored through SCADA system from the head office, he explained. 


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GHMC Creates Forum For Energy Conservation In Households

Hyderabad: The GHMC has created a forum for bringing awareness on energy conservation by way of promoting LED bulbs in place of conventional lights by inviting suppliers, energy analysts and RWA representatives with electrical engineers of GHMC and TSSPDCL.

Elaborate discussions were held on conservation of energy in households.  Presentations were given by the speakers. Messrs Energy Efficiency Services Limited has given their presentation duly explaining the advantages of LEDs over the conventional lights.

Under Central government’s Ujala scheme, they are ready to supply the 9W LED bulbs @ Rs. 80 at their stores and @ Rs 90 (subsidized rate with 3 years warranty) at respective distribution points.

Dr PN Rao, past chairman, Energy Conservation Mission, Institute of Engineers, Hyderabad, Gopala Krishna, vice-chairman, Energy Conservation Mission, Institute of Engineers, Hyderabad, explained about conservation of energy by power point presentation. It was discussed in the meeting that the glowing of LED of 9W is equivalent to 60/100W incandescent and 18W LED tube light is equivalent to 40W fluorescent tube light. By using LEDs energy will be saved by 60% thus in turn it reduces electricity bill.

The life of LED was over 12 years when compared to conventional tube lights life of six years and life of incandescent bulb of one year. (Based on 12 hours usage per day). The GHMC Commissioner has advised the electrical engineers of GHMC to motivate the public by way of campaigns at schools and colonies.  He also appealed to RWAs to take active role in the process to enlighten the public on a large scale in their colonies.

Raj Kiran, associate professor, Energy Area, ASCI, Hyderabad, Sathish Kumar, chief general manager, TSSPDCL, Hyderabad, Suresh Kumar, chief engineer (projects), GHMC, B. Ashok, superintending engineer (electrical), GHMC, Shiva Raj, superintending engineer (QC), GHMC, all electrical engineers of GHMC, V. Gopala Rao, Colony Welfare Association, Bhagyanagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad and various other Resident Welfare Associations of GHMC area participated. (NSS) 

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GHMC Squad Razes Illegal Structures In Sunnam Cheruvu

Hyderabad: The GHMC officials demolished the illegal constructions in the Medikunta and Sunnam Cheruvu tanks here on Sunday with the help of police.

When some 50 people tried to obstruct the demolition drive in Sunnam Cheruvu tank, GHMC deputy mayor Baba Fasiuddin intervened and convinced them to remain silent. Both the deputy mayor and the local corporator Sabeeha Begum extended help to the GHMC and police officials in the demolition process in Sunnam Cheuruvu.

Later, the officials erected fencing around the 23-acre Medikunta tank and 32-acre Sunnam Cheuruvu. (NSS)

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Property mutation scandal unearthed

Hyderabad: Two complaints were received by the GHMC deputy commissioner in February from Dongari Rama Bai of H.No. 8-2-609/16/A/M, Road No.11, Banjara Hills, stating that she purchased the H.No.8-2-609/17/M in Gourishanker Colony, Road No. 11, Banjara Hills from K. Koteswara Rao through Registered Sale Deed No.2893/2015, dated June 22, 2015 and got the said property mutated in her name in the municipal records vide proceedings No.1010019834, dated July 30, 2015.

She also paid the property tax till March 31, 2017.  However, when she went to pay advance tax, she found that her name as owner of the property was replaced with the name K. Koteswara Rao, H.No.8-2-676/1/B/12, Sriram Nagar, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, illegally and requested to take action.

After receiving the complaint, verification was made in office records and found that the contents mentioned in the complaints were found true and observed that the owner’s name of the property H.No.8-2-609/17/M, Gourishanker Colony, Road No.11, Banjara Hills, was changed from Dongari Rama Bai to K. Koteshwara Rao online illegally and no background documents were found in municipal records for effecting the change. No authorised official signed on any records.

The deputy commissioner has addressed a letter to project manager, CGG, for investigation as how and from which IP address the name was changed from existing Dongari Rama Bai to K. Koteshwara Rao. The Project Manager, CGG has furnished a report on February 20 with details of IP Address from where the change of name was done illegally.

On thorough enquiry, it was revealed that the change of ownership was made on December 13, .2016 through IP MAC On enquiry it was found that this IP address belongs to Polaiah Battala, who is working as data entry operator (outsourcing) in GHMC head office. It is further revealed that Polaiah Battala made this online transaction illegally by taking money in collusion with K. Koteswara Rao in whose favour the change of ownership was made and M. Lakhan Singh, who is working as data entry operator (outsourcing) in Circle No.7A, GHMC, Khairatabad and others are involved and their names have come out in detailed investigation carried out by the vigilance wing of GHMC to whom investigation was granted to.

Therefore, as per the investigation reports of vigilance, B. Polaiah, K. Koteswara Rao and M. Lakhan Singh were involved as conspirators in the crime. The outsourcing operators whose names have been revealed in the investigation have been removed from GHMC and cases have been registered against them along with the other conspirator K. Koteswara Rao at Banjara Hills Police Station on March 16, 2017 as per the instructions of the GHMC Commissioner. (NSS)

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“Annapurna” subsidised meals in more centres soon

Hyderabad: As many as 150 food courts providing meals to the poor and needy at a nominal price of Rs 5 would be started in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits shortly.

Stating this in the State Assembly on Thursday, Minister for Municipal Administration K.T. Rama Rao pointed out that 109 such Food Courts are already functioning in the city. These Food Courts called “Annapurna” would be increased to 150 shortly, he added.

Stating that the government’s commitment was to ensure sumptuous meals to the poor at an affordable price and hence the food courts providing meals at Rs 5 were started by the GHMC, which has received wide appreciation from all quarters. Even Opposition leader K. Jana Reddy has hailed the GHMC in this regard, he observed.

The Minister further said that this subsidised meals being supplied by the GHMC was being utilised by thousands of poor for which the state government was spending Rs 15 crore annually. Steps are being taken to ensure that these Annapurna Food Courts supplying subsidised meals would be started near hospitals and also in labour colonies. Steps are also being taken to see that drinking water is also provided at these places, he added.(NSS)

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Twitter effectively used by GHMC

Hyderabad: The GHMC was effectively using twitter from July last year and it was the only Municipal Corporation having over one lakh followers. This could achieve the target audience for prompt solving the issues, mostly people are using Twitter for solving their grievances where officials are immediately responding to resolve the issues on priority.

The other Municipal Corporations like Bangalore Mahanagara Palika with 7,930, Pune Municipal Corporation with 5,317, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation with 4,486, the Municipal Corporation wise Twitter followers can be seen at the attachment. Even the Minister for MA&UD, the city mayor, and senior officials of the entire wings of GHMC are striving very hard to sort out the issues for the convenience of the citizens as seen and it is also observed even the Minister immediately responds to the grievances received on Twitter to sort out the issues very promptly.

In My GHMC App there are about 6 modules like Property Tax, Trade License, Birth and Death Certificates, LRS, Grievances etc., largely the GHMC is using grievance module where multiple categories in grievance modules are being provided where citizens can use to know their property tax, Trade License dues etc., and also can make their payments through online.

With regard to LRS, the applicants can only view the status of the LRS file, regarding Birth and Death Certificates the applicants can download the digital certificates through online where most of the people are utilizing these services and GHMC officials are also taking more care to resolve the issues at the earliest for the convenience of the citizens.

My GHMC App has following services:  Property tax – view dues, payment, save receipt, Trade license – view dues, payment,            save receipt, Grievances on Plot holes, Dumper bin over flow,open dumping points, Storm water- manhole cover,  sewerage-manhole cover, street lights, etc.     LRS applications – view status, birth & Death certificates –  download digitally signed birth & death certificates.(NSS)

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GHMC Commr Delivers Keynote Address at Festival of Innovations

Hyderabad: Office of the President of India is organising Festival of India every year in coordination with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), which is an autonomous body under Dept Of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

The intention is to recognize, respect and reward outstanding contributions / innovations in various public services provided by the public and private sector. This year, the Festival of Innovations is being organised at New Delhi from 4th to 10th March 2017. As part of the “Festival of Innovations 2017”, a roundtable on “Innovation in Public Service Delivery” has been hosted and Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner, GHMC has been invited to  delivery key note address.

Dr.  Janardhan Reddy participated in the Roundtable and given presentation about innovative concepts and several initiatives that he has made in his career as a Public Servant, including the initiatives in GHMC. He emphasised the importance of persuasive efforts that are becoming increasingly relevant in modern times. In this age of technological advancement and knowledge economy, the role of Public Servant received a great transformation and it is not just authoritative anymore. As such his / her success lies in their ability to ensure highest level of compliance not only from their subordinates, but also from the larger clientele. To achieve this, one must make use of the modern information tools, as well as to relay upon traditional and time tested techniques of persuasion, conciliation and convince them about the larger societal good that is sought to be achieved. The modern administrator must demonstrate objectivity and transparency, which will create an enabling environment and need not always depend upon mere technological aids.

Janardhan Reddy has showcased his initiatives in the fields of Human Resource Management, SHG strengthening, Waste segregation, Convergence of Departments, etc. at the Roundtable.(NSS)

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Rally To Create Litter Awareness

Hyderabad: Seven hundred volunteers of Sri Amma Bhagawan Seva Samithi in coordination with GHMC, on Sunday organised a Swachch Bharath Rally to educate and change attitudes of people by creating litter awareness here in city at Ambedkar College, Baghlingampally. Srinivas Reddy, Corporator and GHMC Standing Council Member, Local Ward Members Damodar, Madhusudhar Reddy, TRS Local Senior Leader Rohit graced the function. Srinivas Reddy, who was the Chief Guest, flagged off the rally. The four kilometers Rally began at premises of Ambedkar College, Baghlingampally and went upto Ramnagar X Roads. 

The rally was simultaneously held in 500 centers in 26 states across the country involving few lakh volunteers informed, Sri Amma Bhagwan Seva Samithi Volunteers. The rally was organized to celebrate the birthday of Sri Bhagawan. Speaking on the occasion, Srinivas Reddy appreciated the efforts of the volunteers. He also highlighted various activities taken up by GHMC, including Solid Waste Management.  Swachch Bharath is a mission and it will be possible only with people’s participation, he observed. The motto of this rally is to induce the feeling of responsibility in residents to keep their premises clean, informed Nagaraju ji.

Samithi also intends to create awareness on Solid waste management program by GHMC under Telangana Government and waste segregation process to use different bins for wet and dry garbage. This awareness program will be carried throughout the month by small groups of Samithi members across twin cities. During the rally, Samithi volunteers explained to residents that “Fighting litter is everybody’s job. The most important thing to do is to choose not to litter. Successful litter control is an ongoing effort that involves the entire community”.

Volunteers also explained to public that the littering can pose environmental, health and safety concerns and sharp objects like broken glass and metals can cause injury to pets and children. Decaying food and pet droppings can spread disease, putting both humans and animals at risk.Motorists and pedestrians are responsible for creating between 30 and 55 per cent of all litter. The rest comes from household or commercial garbage, construction sites, loading docks and untarped loads. (NSS)

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GHMC Introduces online Trade License system

Hyderabad: The GHMC today introduced a new online self assessment system for trade licenses. GHMC Commissioner Dr Janardhan Reddy said it is easy to process trade licenses online, and it will help transparency. Traders can have full information online. For more information and applications for online trade licences, traders can log on to and go to e-registrations-new trade license.

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Give top priority to public complaints, GHMC chief tells officials

Hyderabad: GHMC Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy has directed the officials to give top priority to complaints received from the people on various problems.

He conducted a review meeting with revenue, development, housing and town planning additional commissioners and engineering officials here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the commissioner said the image of the GHMC depends upon  solving the complaints lodged by the people. Central Finance Commission praised GHMC for offering best services to the people through e-office, DPMS system and tax collection through cashless transaction, he said. The commissioner directed the deputy commissioners and zonal commissioners to conduct review meeting with the sanitation workers to create awareness among them on using bio-metric system for the attendance as per Swacch Bharat Mission rules.

He suggested to the officials to make the city free from open defecation and urination before March 31,  as directed by the Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao. The commissioner directed the deputy commissioners and zonal commissioners to set up She-Toilets under CSR along with business, commercial and corporate companies. He made it clear that the officials have to file cases and impose fines on the persons who throw building construction waste in open places, nalas and water bodies. The commissioner informed that the department would introduce e-challan system similar to police department to impose fines on persons violating the rules. He suggested the officials to create an informer system to get the information about the persons throwing building construction wastage in water bodies.

The commissioner made it clear that there would not be any interest exemption on assets tax this year and asked the officials to create awareness among the people to pay the tax in time. He suggested to the people to pay the assets tax before March 31 to get an exemption from penalty of 24 percent interest. He wanted the zonal and deputy commissioners to meet the persons having huge amounts of tax arrears personally and make them pay the taxes. He asked the officials to concentrate on tax collection as the Swacch Sarvekshan programme was over. He asked the officials to set up special teams for the collection of taxes in every circle. Already the GHMC collected Rs. 800 crores through assets tax and the officials have set up daily targets to collect the remaining arrears. -NSS

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‘Hyderabad moving towards monumental development’

  • Action plan by 2018 to make it a model city: KTR

Hyderabad: IT & Industries Minister K Taraka Rama Rao has declared that Greater Hyderabad will be developed into a model city by implementing a perfect action plan by 2018.

Speaking during a short discussion on GHMC and Hyderabad Development in the Assembly on Tuesday, KTR said the State government was keen on developing Hyderabad by involving all the parties concerned.

Slamming the opposition parties for its baseless criticism that the State government and the GHMC have failed to develop Hyderabad into a global destination as it lacks basic facilities — potholed roads, inordinate delay in Metro Rail works, housing scheme, drinking water problem in some pockets, garbage and pollution — KTR said since one-third of State population was in Hyderabad, the government was cautious to implement a plan of action to address the issues.

Asserting that GHMC was zooming towards monumental development, KTR pointed out that Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad) has been transformed into a hub of Information Technology, brought about revolutionary changes in the management of sanitation, gave top priority to Swatcch Hyderabad. He also said steps were being taken to ensure daily water supply to the citizens by the end of this year. He also declared that by 2018 all the city outskirts would get safe drinking water.

Pointing out that 2,000 auto tippers were pressed into service in the capital city to collect garbage for which 48,000 bins were distributed to the citizens, KTR said illegal constructions on the nalas were being demolished and a bridge across the Durgam Cheruvu will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 180 crores. He also said plastic mixture was being used for laying BT roads for quality construction and five radial roads were being laid at a cost of Rs 2,500 crores, out of which three roads were completed and two others will be laid at an additional cost of Rs 1000 crores.

The IT Minister said water purification plants were being set up all along Musi River to curb pollution. Besides, Rs 54 crores was earmarked for diverting Kukatpally nala water. He also said the government allocated Rs 625 crores for creating loan facility for self-help groups in Hyderabad. 

The minister said as the government was getting 45 per cent of GDP from Hyderabad alone it is ready to take suggestions from the opposition parties to develop Hyderabad into a global city. Hyderabad which is surrounded by 11 new districts is the driving force for Telangana financial sector. He pointed out that the TRS had won 99 seats in the GHMC elections for doing some significant work and addressing key problems like power supply, drinking water, drainage and sewage besides clearing garbage in a scientific manner.

Wanting to know whether the opposition members forgot about dharnas and agitations at Indira Park for water, power and other basic amenities, KTR said cities will not become global cities overnight. He said now Telangana State is No. 1 in the country in Ease of Doing Business with its best industrial policy. He also said various developmental programmes have been taken up, including removal of illegal structures on nalas, regularization process, cleansing of Hussain Sagar, Musi development, control of law & order and so on. He said the roads digging works were being permitted only after confirming tenders for road restoration contract as part of reforms.

HMDA Commissioner releases diary

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Commissioner T Chiranjeevulu released its new diary on Tuesday at HMDA office. He said the diary has information about the set up of HMDA, allied projects, government directions, master plan, LRS, BRS and other rules and regulations, which are helpful not only to common people but also to the officials working with the HMDA. HMDA secretary K Aruna Kumari said they published the diary for the first time though the HMDA had been set up eight years ago with the encouragement of Chiranjeevulu. -NSS

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GHMC nets Rs 65cr tax in old currency in 2 days

Hyderabad: GHMC has received Rs 65-crore revenue in the last two days following the decision to accept old currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. So far, 30,000 people have paid property tax using old notes. On Friday, the GHMC received Rs 55 crore taxes while on Saturday it collected Rs 10 crores. Of the total property tax payers, 21,000 people come under slab of below Rs 10,000 property tax, 6,854 under Rs 10,000 to 50,000, 1193 under Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh, 655 under Rs one lakh to Rs 2 lakh, 288 people Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, 38 people five lakh and above slabs.

The GHMC is expected to get more revenue as the state government has extended the date for accepting old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 till Monday. The GHMC Commissioner appealed to citizens to use the facility to pay their property tax without fine.

Meanwhile, LRS applicants have been advised to clear their dues using old notes at designated banks on or before November 14. They can reach HMDA LRS help desk for necessary guidance and e-payment. They can pay amounts at IOB Extension Counter, HMDA Office, Tarnaka, Axis Bank, Tarnaka, IOB branches at Himayat Nagar, Kotak Bank at Himayat Nagar, according to a pressnote here.



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GHMC plans to involve students to make city garbage free

Hyderabad: In a bid to involve students in sanitation works, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy today said “swatch clubs” would be set up in the city with one lakh students to make Hyderabad as garbage-free city.

GHMC Commissioner said that along with the services of 32,000 employees working in GHMC, each GHMC employee would give training to at least another 10 persons about ways to segregate dry and wet garbage, who in turn educate people.

GHMC Plans to involve students in swatchch bharat

As part of “Swatch Bharat Mission” program, the GHMC would launch Swatch survey program next month in Hyderabad, he said while addressing a workshop in which additional, zonal and deputy commissioners, health officers participated.

The State government has distributed 44 lakh dustbins and 2,000 Swatch auto tippers were supplied for collecting door to door garbage in the city. In swatch survey program citizens would be taught how to keep dry and wet garbage in separate dust bins, Commissioner added.

The Commissioner also suggested involvement of Hyderabad Brand Ambassadors MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Sania Mirza, P V Sindhu, Gopichand, film artistes Tamanna, Manchu Laxmi, Suddala Ashok Teja, industrialist Vetta Ramaeshwar Rao and others.



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Plan to provide drinking water to all 12 civic bodies

  • 2,700km-long pipeline to supply water to households

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Government, in principle, has agreed to take up laying of 2,700km -long pipeline for providing drinking water to households in the jurisdiction of 12 municipalities.

GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, at a meeting with HMWS & SB MD Dana Kishore discussed the project on Tuesday. The contract for digging of roads would be given on conditions, he said. Drinking water would be provided to all the households under 12 municipalities from the existing reservoirs of Manjeera, Singur, Osman Sagar and Himayath Sagar and construction of 56 other reservoirs are being taken up to provide drinking water to all the citizens in the GHMC jurisdiction with Rs 1900 crore HUDCO loan.

The state government is planning to complete the project by May 2017 and the GHMC has accorded permission for digging of roads and also to restore them before May 2017, said the GHMC Commissioner. The GHMC and HMWS&SB are planning to take up the pipeline works in coordination with the Traffic Police and other all line departments to complete the project before the monsoon of 2017 to avoid problems. The GHMC Commissioner, along with HMWS&SB MD and other senior officials of the GHMC held a meeting on Tuesday in the GHMC Head Office.

Dana Kishore said this is the first time that such a big project is being taken up by the HMWS&SB and the project has to be completed by 2018 but as per the directions of the government, this project is being planned to be completed by May 2017.


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