Thousands of tonnes of garbage have remained un-cleared in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad for the last several days posing a serious threat to the public health.
Despite the claims of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation that it has been clearing about 4,000 Metric Tonnes of garbage every day, huge piles of garbage could be seen in several localities in the GHMC limits.
"We have been removing garbage on daily basis by engaging about 20,000 personnel and nearly 700 vehicles," GHM Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) S Aleem Basha told INN on Tuesday. However, he admitted that some garbage has remained unclear due to the participation of some GHMC employees for about two days during last month. However, the quantity of garbage lying on city roads and lanes do not justify this statement.
Meanwhile, Bhagyanagar Employees Union additional general secretary Vinay Kapoor said that nearly 70-80 vehicles in the GHMC were not in working condition. Therefore, the GHMC was unable to lift the garbage from the city roads. However, he said that over 90 per cent of the garbage is being cleared every day. (INN)
2011/10/28 17:21:40 The residents of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad have generated extra garbage of 1640 Metric Tonnes while celebrating the Deepavali festival.
According to the GHMC, the extra garbage was generated due to shopping, poojas and bursting of crackers. This is in addition to 4250 MTs of garbage that gets generated on every day in the GHMC limits.
The GHMCs has lifted the additional garbage by engaging five JCBs, 12 Ten Tonner, 64 Dumper Placers and 26 Six Tonners. These additional vehicles were deployed in addition to the regular vehicle fleet. (INN)
2011/8/18 18:21:25 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Thursday asked all the traders in its limits to renew their trade licenses for the year 2011-2012 in any of e-Seva Centers / Citizen Service Centers in GHMC limits.
According to GHMC, the deadline for renewal of trade license without any penalty has been extended upto 30th August. The traders can obtain trade license certificate from CSC or E-Seva centers by submission of payment receipt number. However, to renew the trade license in between 31st August to 30th October, the trader has to pay 25% of the fee as penalty in addition to the original license fee. Similarly, for renewals after 31st October, a penalty of 50% would be imposed.
However, the GHMC has warned that it would close the establishments who have not renewed their trade license by 30th August.
Those traders who have not taken the trade license so far have can approach the nearest e-Seva Centers / Citizen Service Centers in GHMC Circle offices and apply for the same.
Further, traders who have got interim orders of AP High Court on bulk garbage charges have been asked to approach the Joint Commissioner (H&S), at the GHMC's Head Office, for the payment of trade license fee, along with the DD’s. (INN)
2011/9/22 14:16:11 Over 26,000 employees of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Thursday resumed their duties by exempting emergency services from the on-going 'Sakala Janula Samme'.
The GHMC employees connected with health and sanitation wing joined the general strike from Tuesday midnight in protest against the arrest of union leaders who participated in a protest demanding separate Telangana. However, GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu held an hour-long meeting with the union leaders on Thursday and convinced them to resume their duties.
The commissioner has personally apologised to all the employees for the treatment their leaders have been meted out by the police on Tuesday. He also agreed to the demand of GHMC - JAC asking for returning the services of Vigilance Inspector Ramesh who reportedly identified the leaders who participated in the strike. Further, the GHMC Commissioner also agreed to write to the police department seeking stern action against the officials who shifted the GHMC employeesâ€™ union leaders to various police stations after they were arrested on Tuesday.
Later, addressing a press conference the Bhagyanagar Municipal Employees Union president K Shankar, vice-president G Malliarjun and additional general secretary Vinay Kapoor said that the GHMC employees would resume duties with immediate effect by attending all emergency services including health and sanitation. However, the GHMC-JAC clarified that they would continue to support the general strike.
GHMC Commissioner Krishna Babu said that nearly 10,000 Metric Tonnes of garbage got accumulated in the twin cities in the last two days due to the strike. Therefore, it would take more than two days to clear the garbage from the GHMC limits. (INN)
2011/9/12 17:17:23 The final Ganesh immersion procession has generated an additional garbage of nearly 1300 Metric Tonnes in just 24 hours.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has engaged a strong contingent of 2500 personnel to clean the garbage en-route 15 kilometers of procession route. According to the GHMC, as many as 1100 people were hired for entomology and another 1400 for sweeping the roads after the procession.
The GHMC has also deployed 31 sweeping machines and 88 other vehicles including four JCBs to clear the garbage from city roads and also at the procession sites around Hussainsagar. Cleaning was done at immersion sites at NTR Marg, Tankbund, Saroornagar, LB Nagar, Safilguda, Malkajgiri, Peddacheruvu, Kapra, Durgam Cheruvu, IDL Cheruvu, Bowenpally Cheruvu, Pragathinagar Cheruvu and Sunnam Cheruvu of Kukatpally.
Similarly, cleaning of procession routes was taken on nearly 10 important stretches of roads from Balapur to NTR Marg. (INN)
This seems to the mantra of the MCH in Hyderabad to keep the city clean and green. The municipality is introducing three wheeler rickshaws to dispose garbage in the city. As part of its cleanliness drive, the Uppal division has pressed into service cycle rickshaws that will go door-to-door to collect garbage.
Each rickshaw will have one monitor who will oversee the collection of garbage. Each household would be monitored. If any household fails to keep garbage ready to be handed over to the rickshaw puller then that household would be fined Rs. 1000. Three cheers for a clean and green Hyderabad.
2011/8/26 18:51:27 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Friday made it clear that the citizens will have to bear with the bad raods and potholes in the city till November as it won't be able to carry out major repairs or recarpeting due to weather conditions.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, GHMC Mayor Banda Karthika Chandra Reddy and GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu said that the corporation has identified a total of 3,878 potholes on the 625 kilometres of roads in the GHMC limits caused due to recent heavy rains. The GHMC proposes to carryout basic repairs at a cost of Rs 3 to 4 crore. However, the complete repairs or re-carpeting of roads would be taken up only during the month of November at the cost of Rs 60 crore.
The GHMC Commissioner said due to technical reasons it was not possible to carry out the repairs on damaged roads immediately as they won't stand the on-going rains. However, the corporation would carry out the repairs using the material from Chudi Bazar Hot-Mix Plant. Even general public could inform the GHMC about major potholes on the Toll Free Number 1530 to ensure that roads remain usable and potholes do not pose major threat to the vehicle users.
Krishna Babu said that the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the Roads & Buildings Department to handover the maintenance of 320 kilometres of its roads under GHMC limits to the corporation. He said this would enable the GHMC to get Rs 21 crore towards maintenance. However, Krishna Babu said the government was contemplating giving the GHMC about Rs 20-25 crore for the effective maintenance of the city roads.
Regarding the collapse of a slab of nala near Fever Hospital, the GHMC Commissioner said its reconstruction would be started in the next 15-20 days. He said the City Traffic Police has been asked to make proper arrangement to ensure that the GHMC take up the reconstruction work.
The Commissioner said that the GHMC was preparing an action plan to centralise the digging of roads in the new colonies. He said the roads would be dug at a time for the laying of water supply line, sewerage or other purpose. It would ensure more life the BT roads that the GHMC lays in the city. He said the GHMC was also considering imposing tax on plastic bags being sold to the customers at the shopping malls. The GHMC Engineer-in-Chief R Dhan Singh also addressed the media. (INN)
Efforts on to control dog menace, bite cases in city: CVO
2011/6/3 19:43:09 The Chief Veterinarian Officer on Friday said that efforts are on to curb the menace of stray dogs and bring down the incidences of dog bites by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
The CVO informed Hyderabad Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy during a review meeting that the dog bites cases and the measures being taken to control the dog population in GHMC limits that the Corporation is implementing the Animal Birth Control Cum Anti Rabies Programme (ABC/AR Programme) which is recommended by the Animal Welfare Board of India and also advised by the World Health Organization, being the only scientific method to control the stray dog population.
In this process the stray dogs are being caught and they are being subjected to Birth Control Operations, De-worming and Anti Rabies Vaccinations and released back in the same locality after post operative care as per the Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) norms of AWBI of India.
The rabid dogs, terminally ill dogs and fatally injured dogs are only put to sleep under the supervision of a qualified Veterinarian. Since, the dogs are being released back in the same localities from where they were caught after Birth Control Operations. Due to which the normal citizens are thinking that the dogs are remains same in their localities.
In order to create awareness among the general public the GHMC is taking all the relevant measures to give vide publicity to this programme. It is a result oriented very good programme which is in the interest of public health and will take considerable time for giving good and sustainable results.
Presently the GHMC is having sufficient paraphernalia and expertise for the implementation of the programme and implementing the same in the good spirit as per the Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) norms of AWBI of India. Once the considerable dogs will be sterilized, the good results will be seen by the general public also, the CVO said.
The Animal Welfare Board of India also appreciated the GHMC for conducting of ABC/AR Programme. Recently in meeting with Chief Secretary, Government of A.P., the Commissioner, GHMC appraised the programmes conducted by GHMC to reduce the dog population in GHMC limits.
The Director, Animal Husbandry Department also took GHMC as a role model for conducting ABC/AR Programme in the overall State.
2011/8/11 19:21:53 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner MT Krishna Babu on Thursday said that the Corporation will conduct Animal Birth Control / Anti Rabis (ABC/AR) monitoring committee meeting once in a month under the Chairmanship of Chief Veterinary Officer and the quarterly meeting under his chairmanship.
Participating in the ABC/AR monitoring committee meeting today, Mr Krishna Babu said that regular interaction with the Committee members will give proper feedback about the ABC/AR activities held in GHMC limits.
The GHMC Commissioner opined that there is every need for improvement of infrastructure in the veterinary hospitals and operation theatres to facilitate the staff and the dogs that are brought for operations. He instructed the NGOs to identify 10 members of good reputation, to cross check the activities of ABC/AR in GHMC.
The GHMC Commissioner felt that by involving resident welfare associations and with the public participation only the programme ABC/AR will be successful in GHMC. Commissioner requested the Blue Cross to conduct orientation programmes to the GHMC veterinary employees at regular intervals.
The representatives from Blue Cross Association and people for animals (PFA) requested Commissioner to instruct officials of GHMC veterinary section, to give proper reasons in writing for euthanizing dogs and also mention the same in their records. They also requested the Commissioner to instruct dog catchers of GHMC to not to use ropes to catch dogs and use nets instead. (INN)
Solving monsoon related problems top priority: new GHMC chief
2011/6/20 13:10:17 For the citizens, the promise made by new Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner MT Krishna Babu that he would ensure that the city roads would not be overflowing, nor would they be waterlogged during the monsoon season has come as a major relief.
However, the words, spoken before media persons after Mr Krishna Babu took charge from Dr Sameer Sharma on Monday, would be taken with a pinch of salt by the people who had long been suffering not only due to the overflowing drains, but also potholes big enough to be called craters and waterlogged roads which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“My first priority would be to ensure that the people do not suffer due to water logging, overflowing drains and the mosquito menace. To take care of overflowing drains we would clean the sewerage system and desilt the Nalas on emergency basis since the monsoon has already set in,” Mr Krishna Babu promised.
He further promised that the GHMC would ensure that garbage is lifted every day from all areas within the Corporation’s limits.
“The accumulated garbage, if not lifted in time, leads to the breeding of germs and insects, which in turn lead to disease. Hence garbage lifting would be among our priorities,” Mr Krishna Babu said.
He further promised that the pre-monsoon desilting works would be completed well before the monsoon sets in next year.
Mr Krishna Babu added that in the event of heavy rains lashing the city, he would not hesitate to seek the help of APCPDCL, HMWSSB, the Fire Department and the Health Department and seek their cooperation.
Admitting that the job was a challenge to him, the new GHMC Commissioner said that he would take the help of his officials and the Corporators to ensure that he lives up to the expectations of the people of Hyderabad.
“We will not compromise on the quality infrastructure and ensure that it is of the highest possible standard. As former chairman of APCPDCL, we used to collaborate with the Administrative Staff College of India and students of private engineering Colleges to randomly test the different works undertaken by that Corporation. This led to the improvement of services. I would try and implement the same procedure to ensure that the citizens get the best possible civic infrastructure,” Mr Krishna Babu promised.
He further said that, “Hyderabad is among the top five cities of the country. The problems it faces are minor, but challenging at the same time. As part of meeting this challenge, we would focus on improving Citizen Service Centres.”
The GHMC Commissioner added that around Rs 4 to Rs 5 crore would be set apart to improve the Citizen Service Centres.
Mr Krishna Babu also said that the GHMC would focus on streamlining its revenue generation.
Speaking earlier, outgoing GHMC Commissioner Sameer Sharma said that the project to assign new numbers to houses will start within the next two to three days in Circle 8 and 9.
“After the new numbers are allotted, Rs 50 would be collected from each house in the Circles as part of the expenses,” he added.
Dr Sameer Sharma also disclosed that his stint as GHMC Commissioner saw his effort to reduce the Corporations expenses meet success. “We succeeded in bringing down the advertising expenses by about Rs 28 lakh each month,” he disclosed. “This was possible by clubbing advertisements,” Dr Sameer Sharma added.
“Besides this, we have started a process to streamline the transportation system. This would produce good results in the future,” he added.
Meanwhile, citizens of Greater Hyderabad keep their fingers crossed that the new Commissioner’s stated mission to provide them the services which is their right do not end up remaining mere words.
It may be remembered that the constant ‘war’ between the former Commissioner and the Corporators had led to the people being the ultimate sufferers.(INN)
Give correct info under RTI: GHMC chief to juniors
2011/9/3 19:03:29 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation MT Krishna Babu on Saturday instructed all the zonal commissioners to provide correct information to the people seeking details under the Right to Information Act.
Participating in the GHMC's 'Face to Face' programmes held at GHMC's headquarters, the GHMC Commissioner said he was in receipt of complaints from the Central Information Commissioner Jannat Hussain that the zonal commissioners were not giving the information properly. He said he would take disciplinary action against the officials if they deny or give incorrect information to the people under RTI.
Meanwhile, as many as 40 people posted their grievances during the 'Face to Face' programme. The programme chaired by GHMC Mayor B Karthika Reddy was also attended by the GHMC Commissioner Krishna Babu, HMWS&SB managing director Adhaar Sinha and senior officials of City Police, RTC and other departments. As many as 12 people called up the officials during the programme to air their grievances about improper amenities in their localities. Further, 28 people submitted their petitions in person to the senior officials.
The grievances were addressed to the GHMC, Ranga Reddy district Collectorate, HMWS&SB and APCPDCL. The complaints were related to housing, illegal constructions and inaccurate power and water supply in the GHMC limits. The officials assured the complainants that their grievances would be resolved soon.
The GHMC officials have informed that action has been initiated on all 28 complaints received during the last 'Face to Face' programmes held on August 6. (INN)
GHMC sanitation and health workers to join the strike
2011/9/20 18:35:57 The health and sanitation works in the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will come to a halt from Tuesday midnight. The GHMC Bhagyanagar Employees Union has decided to join the 'Sakula Janula Samme' or the people's general strike and stop the health and sanitation work from Wednesday onwards.
The Union enjoys the support of majority of health and sanitation workers in the GHMC limits and their participation in the strike is bound to create serious problems for the citizens of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and surrounding areas.
It may be mentioned that the union has assured the GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu that it would include the health and sanitation works in the general strike. However, union's president Shankar, general secretary Mallikarjun and other leaders were arrested by the police on Tuesday when they participated in the protests demanding separate Telangana. They were taken to seven different police stations and finally shifted to Malkajgiri police station in the evening.
Angered by the police action, the union has decided to go the strike indefinitely from Wednesday. Union's Additional Secretary General Vinay Kapoor told INN that all the sanitation and health workers would participate in the strike from Wednesday. (INN)
Plastic bags ban arbitrary, discuss in Council before implementation: TDP
Reacting to the decision to impose a ban on plastic carry bags from July 1 in the GHMC limits, Telugu Desam Party Floor Leader in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy on Sunday stated that the decision was arbitrary and demanded that the decision be discussed in General Council of the Corporation before being implemented.
Calling for a special General Council meeting be convened to discuss the ‘arbitrary’ decision, Mr Singi Reddy stated that it was taken without the GHMC must provide the people with an alternative to plastic bags before banning them from the city.
Talking to INN, Mr Singi Reddy said that Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy has decided to impose the ban on the usage of plastic bags in the city, without looking at the difficulties that would be faced by the people of the twin cities.
The TDP leader pointed out that people living in GHMC limits use around 2.7 lakh plastic bags per day for various purposes like carrying vegetables, fruits and other groceries and implementation of any ban on these bags would put the them to immense inconvenience.
Apart from this, about 600 manufacturing units which have sprung up around the GHMC limits would be affected by the ban decision. “Out of these 600 units 72 units manufacture high quality plastic bags used for carrying clothes and other goods. If any ban is imposed on the plastic bags, about ten thousand people who are dependent on this industry will become unemployed,” the TDP leader pointed out.
Mr Srinivas Reddy suggested that these employees of plastic bag manufacturing units must first be trained to take up alternative vocations so that the ban will not leave them unemployed.
“If the ban on plastic bags is enforced immediately, the void can only be filled with around three lakh paper bags per day. This will have a negative impact on the environment in the longer run,” Mr Srinivas Reddy said. He added that any ban should be enforced in phases, adding, “This alone will work.”
2011/8/30 21:45:26 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has extended the last date for renewal of trade licenses till September 15th. The GHMC has asked all the traders in the GHMC limits to pay their trade license fee without penalty on or before the extended date.
The GHMC said that all the traders who have not yet paid the trade license fee for the financial year 2011–12 must utilize the opportunity and make payment of trade license fee within 15th September, 2011 to avoid penalty. From 16th September, 2011 to 15th November, 2011 a penalty of 25% trade license fee will be attracted to the original trade license fee and there on 50% penalty from 16th November, 2011 onwards. (INN)
2011/8/17 17:48:06 TDP floor leader in GHMC Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy on Wednesday demanded that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation restrain from increasing the property tax by five percent.
In a representation made to the Chief Minister Mr. N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, the TDP leader said the residents of GHMC were already suffering from G.O.Ms.No.88 relevant to hike of property tax from 1st April and penalty of 200 per cent on property tax. Hike in the property tax would burden the common man further. He said the GHMC residents are facing lot of problems due to continuous bandhs, agitations or dharnas and therefore, it would not be possible for them to pay additional tax.
Mr. Singi Reddy asked as to why the scientific method of property tax was not being implemented in the GHMC. He said the government has to supplement the GHMC till it achieves financial stability by giving an immediate package of Rs. 1,000 crore. (INN)
2011/6/26 20:06:30 Health and Sanitation Additional Commissioner in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Aleem Basha on Sunday appealed to the retail traders in the city not to use plastic carry bags in their shops and cooperate with GHMC in effective implementation of ban on plastic carry bags and making the city a eco-friendly one.
Speaking with the members of the Hyderabad and Secunderabad Retail Dealers Association, Mr Aleem Basha said the city generates nearly 4,000 tonnes of garbage each day. About 300 tonnes of his is plastic, he said, adding that, “If we do not act now it is very difficult to handle the plastic waste material in future.” “To protect our city’s environment, it is very essential to have control on use of plastic, as the plastic does not dissolve very easily,” Mr Basha said.
Further, the GHMC Additional Commissioner said that the Corporation is taking all necessary measures to create awareness among the public about health hazards on use plastic and the consequences on environment.
Earlier, Hyderabad and Secunderabad Retail Dealers Association General secretary Dilip Kumar Pansari informed the GHMC officials that their association is fully supporting the Corporation in its bid to make the city, one with a clean environment. Mr Pansari pointed out that in this connection, the Association had released a poster and banner for display in front of their shops of 600 members.
Later the members submitted a representation asking GHMC for relaxation, by permitting the plastic carry bags and such other products which are within acceptable grade and norms of Central Pollution Control Board and are not harmful to health and Environment. CMOH Ashok Samrat, while addressing the meeting, requested the members to display banners and posters in front their shops to create awareness among the citizens. GHMC food inspectors and members of the Association attended the meeting.(INN)
2011/7/2 19:55:30 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Saturday seized 200 tons of plastic carry bags of 20 microns thickness, costing about Rs 80 to 90 lakh from manufacturing units at the Katedan Industrial Area.
This was revealed by GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu while interacting with media persons at the GHMC head office after the Corporation’s Face-to-Face programme.
Mr Krishna Babu said that the seized bags have been shifted to a godown and locked. “A decision on what to do with the seized bags would be taken after considering all aspects, including holding consultations with the AP Pollution Control Board,” the GHMC Commissioner said.
The seized material had been produced before the ban on sale and manufacture of plastic bags within GHMC limits came into effect on July 1.
Mr Krishna Babu said that most manufacturing units’ owners are unaware of the material, the colours and the exact thickness which is permitted.
The GHMC would bring out a pamphlet with the help of the Pollution Control Board soon, he said. The GHMC Commissioner added that this pamphlet would help the manufacturers get a clear picture of the plastic bags which can be produced and sold.
Mr Krishna Babu revealed that the Central Pollution Control Board is mulling over a proposal to make it mandatory for manufacturing units to obtain a certificate that their units produce only biodegradable plastics.
He also appealed to the traders to charge their customers Re 1, Rs 2 or Rs 5, depending on the size of the plastic carry bags over 40 microns, so that they are discouraged to ask for the bags.
“The traders can also encourage the public to use jute bags by giving concessions ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 25,” Mr Krishna Babu said.
“It has come to my notice that some malls are collecting Rs 25 on jute bags, which is refunded if the bags are returned. This is a good example of encouraging the usage of jute bags,” the GHMC Commissioner said.
He also added that the GHMC will set up a Help Centre where citizens can call to file complaints about civic problems. This Call Centre may be functional within the next two to three months, Mr Krishna Babu said.
“Very soon, the Mayor and GHMC Commissioner will be available on one day of the week for the citizens to interact and highlight their problems,” Mr Krishna Babu said, adding that this would be implemented ‘very soon.’(INN)
2011/8/22 20:37:05 Prominent personalities of the city participated in the Iftar Party hosted by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at City Convention Centre at Nampally here on Monday.
GHMC Mayor Bhandaru Karthika reddy, GHMC commissioner M T Krishna Babu, Deputy Mayor Jaffer Hussain Meraj and Additional commissioner S Alim Basha welcomed the dignitaries. Several politicians, officials and media personalities were among the guests.
The long list of guests included Congress MLC MS Prabhakar, MIM MLC Syed Ameen Ul-Hasan Jafferi, Engineering-in-chief R Dhansingh, TDP GHMC floor leader Singi reddy Srinivas reddy, GHMC Congress floor leader K Venkatesh, GHMC MIM Floor leader Md Nasiruddin, corporators and other officials. (INN)
GHMC preparations on full swing as monsoon advances
2011/6/11 19:29:41 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is seeking the help of the Fire Services department to ensure quick response in the unfortunate event of any house collapse mishaps being reported, as part of its monsoon preparations.
The Corporation has already written to the Fire Services department requesting it officials to coordinate with the Zonal Commissioners so that the emergency response time and the losses which could occur of any unfortunate tragedy are minimised.
The five Zonal Commissioners have also been directed to coordinate with the Central Control room which would function round the clock.
Talking to INN, Deputy Mayor Syed Jaffar Hussain said that so far, Rs 13 crore has been spent to desilt 670 km of Nalas which wind their ways through the GHMC limits.
Mr Hussain said that he has directed the Corporation’s Disaster Management officials to be alert and in touch with the Emergency Control room to be able to respond to the people’s needs immediately.
The Deputy Mayor said that has directed the officials to give priority in expediting all the incomplete works to ensure that the general public does not face any undue hardships during the monsoon season after the frequent criticism that the city’s infrastructure is unable to cope with the rains as roads become waterlogged and traffic jams rule the day.
The existing civic infrastructure, which had been constructed during the Nizam’s period, has been serving people’s need so far during the past year, the GHMC has begun to expand this existing infrastructure by taking the help of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.
The JnNURM is helping the GHMC to construct rain-water harvesting pits and renovate the storm water drains, apart from laying drinking water pipelines.
However, encroachments on the nalas which wind through the GHMC limits are said to be a major impediment in the Corporation’s efforts to prevent water logging and inundation of low lying areas.
2011/11/5 15:34:35 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was flooded with complaints of illegal constructions and encroachment on public properties during the Face to Face programme held at the GHMC Headquarters here on Saturday.
Rajeshwar Rao, a resident of Malkajgiri, called up the senior officials in the programme complaining that several illegal structures have come up in his locality. He sounded like an elderly man and was apparently crying. In his 12-minute long conversation, Rajeshwar Rao said that the GHMC officials have failed to take action on his complaints.
GHMC Mayor Banda Karthika Chandra Reddy, who chaired the programme, assured Rajeshwar Rao that immediate action would be taken on his complaint. Special Commissioner Naveen Mittal and other senior officials of the HMWS&SB, police and Transco attended the programme. However, there was representative from the Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts Collectorates, South Central Railway and the Road Transport Coporation.
Of 13 phone calls received during the programme, most were related to the Town Planning Department and illegal constructions. A caller from Ameerpet complained that about nine acres of government land has been encroached upon in Shoba Colony and a five-floor building has come up on a plot. However, he said that the despite several complaints, the GHMC officials remained silent.
Another caller from Purani Haveli complained improper sanitation in his locality. Responding to this complaint, the GHMC Mayor assured that immediate steps would be taken to lift garbage and resolve other problems in the area. Further, she said that the GHMC has allocated nearly 40 per cent of its budget for the Old City. A resident of Erragadda complained that an Urban Health Centre was yet to started although the GHMC has already constructed its building.
A resident of Hafez Baba Nagar in the Old City said that although pipelines were laid in his area nearly six months ago, but the water supply is yet to be started. Another complainant enquired about a non-existent CC Road in new Banjara Colony, which is being shown in records as existent. The GHMC officials also received 18 petitions from the citizens.
The force entry of a TDP corporator Rama Rao along with his supporters into the GHMC Face to Face hall where the programme was being held sparked anger with some citizens who came to submit petitions objecting to it. They complained that a corporator could meet the GHMC Mayor or other officials anytime, but common citizens get the opportunity only once in a week. Therefore, the corporators should restrain from disrupting such programmes.
Meanwhile, the GHMC informed that it has resolved all 37 petitions that it received during the last Face to Face programme held on September 3. (INN)
2011/8/25 18:56:53 To give a facelift to the infrastructure and other facilities, the State Government is planning to take up another round of 100-day development programme for the areas under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
Following the GHMC's appeal for more funds, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has also permitted the GHMC to seek a share of 10 per cent on Motor Vehicles Tax and 100 percent on property tax, which would enhance its funds by Rs 300 crore.
Presently, the GHMC used to get 95 per cent of the share from the Property Tax collected in the GHMC limits by the Commercial Taxes Department. Accepting the GHMC's plea the Chief Minister has agreed to allow the GHMC to take entire 100 per cent Property Tax revenue for spending the same on infrastructure development in the city like roads under bridges, road over bridges, among others. So far, the Commercial Taxes department used to share Rs 50 lakh towards Motor Vehicle Tax and Rs 50 crore from the Property Tax with the MCH. Now this revenue would be increased by almost three times.
Further, the Chief Minister has directed all authorities concerned to chalk out an action programme to take up works under the next 100-day programme scheduled at a cost of Rs 143 crore. The programme is scheduled to be held in September in the city. The heads of the departments like GHMC, Transco and other nodal agencies have been directed to coordinate and ensure that infrastructure works were taken up during the 100-day scheme.
Municipal Administration Minister M Mahidhar Reddy, GHMC Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy and other officials were part of a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Thursday. Discussions in the review meeting mainly centred around the infrastructure development. Later, the Mayor briefed the media about the discussions held during the review meet.
Besides the Property Tax collection, the GHMC also urged the Chief Minister to allow it to collect even the Motor Vehicle Tax. The Mayor was of the opinion that since her department was the custodian of all roads in the city and funds were required for their upkeep of the roads, the GHMC must get the funds collected under MV Tax. She said the request was under Chief Minister's consideration.
Asked about the road slab collapse near Fever Hospital, GHMC Commissioner Krishna Babu clarified that the repair would require about Rs. 15 crore and tenders have been called to take up the works stretching to 2.5 km. He said the works were delayed mainly because of legal hurdles. (INN)