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on 2011/8/18 18:21:25

Renew trade license before Aug 30: GHMC

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)

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    Renewal period for trade licenes extended

    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)

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    GHMC blinks, allows plastic bags up to 40 microns

    2011/6/28 19:57:12 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, under pressure from the manufacturers and employees of plastic bags, on Tuesday cast aside its state noble intentions of cleansing the city environs, by agreeing to allow the production and sale of plastic carry up to 40 microns.

    Addressing a packed media conference, GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu, flanked by Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy and Deputy Mayor Jaffer Hussain, said that the manufacturing units would be able to produce and sell plastic bags up to 40 microns till a government notification is issued.

    However, Mr Krishna Babu announced that severe penalties would be imposed on the manufacturing units if they are found to be violating the rule and producing bags below 40 microns.

    “The first offense would invite a penalty of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000, while any subsequent violation would mean that the units license would be cancelled and the unit sealed,” Mr Krishna Babu said.

    The penalties would not be limited to the manufacturers alone.

    Traders packing their wares in plastic bags below 40 microns would be also liable for punishment.

    “A first offense would invite penalties of Rs 2500 to Rs 5000. Any other violation would mean the shop’s trade license being cancelled under the Labour Act,” the GHMC Commissioner said.

    Besides this, citizens using such carry bags would also invite penalties, ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 500.

    The GHMC would give the responsibility to impose the ban on plastics to each Deputy Municipal Commissioner, who would function as the Chief Enforcement Officer in each Circle.

    Apart from this the GHMC, which had launched the special awareness drive during the entire month of June, would continue it in the next month.

    The awareness drive for prevention of plastic carry bag usage was conducted through cinema slides, hoardings, bulk sms etc.

    Meetings were also conducted with various trade associations plastic manufacturers association; NGOs hoteliers residents welfare associations self help groups etc to create awareness and seek cooperation.

    Earlier, various trade associations and plastic manufacture associations have requested the GHMC to restrict the ban of plastic bags up to 40 microns as per the Central government’s notification.(INN)

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    GHMC to grade star hotels on cleanliness

    2011/6/9 19:36:45 Star hotels in the city would be graded based on certain parameters as part of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s efforts to keep the city clean and green.

    Appealing to the star hotel to avoid the use of plastics keeping view of public health, Mayor Banda Karthika Chandra Reddy on Thursday invited the star hotels to take part in development of Hyderabad into a clean and healthy city for our future and future generations.

    Addressing in an interaction meeting with the star hoteliers in GHMC, the Mayor said that “as stakeholders of Hyderabad city, it is our collective responsibility to provide friendly environment by not using the plastic material as it is health hazardous to the public.”

    Ms Karthika Reddy added that, “a team of task force comprising Chief Medical Officer of Health, Chief Veterinary Officer, three Assistant Medical Officers of Health and Vigilance Inspector of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation shall inspect and evaluate on the parameters and allocate the marks of grading to the star hotels.

    She also announced the parameters for grading of star hotels would be cleanliness of surroundings (15 marks), results of the Food samples lifted from star hotels (15 marks), drinking water quality (15 marks), maintenance of kitchen (15 marks), cleanliness of utensils etc., (15 marks), parking facilities (25 marks).

    Violation of Statutory norms and other provisions, Usage of plastics would be given ten negative marks.

    Deputy Mayor Jaffar Hussain said that, “generally the business establishments did not take notice on norms and conditions of trade license and otherwise it would help in maintenance of good environment.”

    Mr Hussain added that the GHMC is concerned with public safety and business promotion of hoteliers and he opined that the certified issued by the GHMC would help them in providing better facilities for customers and their promotion.

    Later on strict inspections will be done by GHMC basing on the guidelines of trade license, without considering the grade of the hotels, he added.

    He further said, the hoteliers should avoid plastic table covers, use and throw material and he expected their good cooperation on the initiatives taken by the GHMC in making a clean and healthy city.

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    GHMC's general body meet on Sept 15

    2011/9/3 19:04:32 The next ordinary general body meeting of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) would be held on September 15. This has been decided in the GHMC's Standing Committee meeting held here on Saturday.

    Further, the Standing Committee has also approved the payment of compensation of Rs 2.51 Crore for 271.05 sq yds of land that the GHMC acquired for road widening of Road No 36, Jubilee Hills. Similarly, a compensation of Rs 1.54 lakh has been approved for the acquisition of 1164.75 sq yds of land for road widening from Natraj Nagar to Yousufguda.

    The GHMC Standing Committee has also decided to renew the lease agreement of 4393 Sft of space at MCTB Complex in favour of State Bank of Hyderabad for three years. As per the enhanced lease rents, the GHMC will charge Rs 23 per Sft for the first year, Rs 25.55 for second year and Rs 28.38 for third year. The committee has also approved the laying of RCC UGD from Vivekananda Nagar Septic Tank to Zone-I line at Nala behind Ayyappa Temple of GHMC Kukatpally Circle at a cost of Rs 35.50 Lakhs.

    The committee has also sanctioned Rs 49.50 lakh for the construction of compound wall from A.P Diary to Hanuman Nagar, Tarnaka, as per the approved Road Development Plan. (INN)

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    Junior doctors want ‘gun license!’

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    The junior doctors have now approached the police commissioner with a rather strange request. About 400 doctors are said to have applied for gun license. They want the weapon license to protect themselves from mob attacks.

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    Colony Associations welcome GHMC’s plastic ban

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    The builders in Andhra Pradesh will henceforth have to procure license from the municipal authorities before they can take up any project.

    This has been mooted by Baldia after they received several complaints form people. It is quite common for the builders to promise something and then go back.

    The move to make license compulsory for builders is likely to go a long way in easing the problems of the purchasers.

    The builders can no longer get away when they do not comply with the building laws and provisions.

    They will be mad accountable. It is quite common for builders now t take approval for construction only to change everything when they actually build the apartment. All this is likely to lead to an improvement in the quality of construction in the state.

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    GHMC spends public money on Iftar party

    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)

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    According to sources, of 170 engineers working with the GHMC, nearly 50 engineers holding the posts of Assistant Engineer to Superintending Engineers would be repatriated soon. These engineers are presently working in the Public Health, Medical and Health and Panchayat Raj departments of the GHMC.

    The Municipal Administration and Urban Development department has issued a GO No 1280 on Monday for the implementation of GO 610 in the GHMC's engineering department whose implementation has started from Tuesday. (INN)

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    GHMC ABC AR committees to meet regularly

    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.

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    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)

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    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.

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    GHMC commissioner inspects SWM power plant

    2011/7/27 20:54:51 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner MT Krishna Babu on Wednesday visited the RDF Power Project site which is proposed to commence its operations by the end of October, 2011.

    The GHMC Commissioner’s visit came about on the request of RDF Power Projects Ltd. The company is working power project which would use 700 MT of Municipal Solid Waste per day of GHMC and produce 11 MW of Power.

    The plant to produce 11 MW power is being constructed near Chinnarevulapally, Bibinagar, Nalgonda District. This is at a distance of 44.5 KM from Hyderabad.

    GHMC Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) Aleem Basha and Solid Waste Management Executive Engineer D Sudhakar accompanied the Commissioner during the visit.(INN)

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    Bear with bad roads in city till Nov: GHMC

    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)

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    Drain slab collapsed, traffic disrupted in Hyd.

    2011/8/23 17:54:26 GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu on Tuesday informed that the GHMC would start the process of restoration work of major drain slab near Fever Hospital, which collapsed due to heavy rains, within 10 days.

    The GHMC Commissioner along with Central Zone Commissioner Ilambarithi, Chief Engineer R. Dhan Singh and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Raghu Prasad visited the area on receipt of reports of collapse of drain slab. He issued instructions for immediate safety measures. A barricading arrangement has been made to mitigate public endanger.

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    The GHMC will take up remodeling in due course and will take up the restoration immediately, the Commissioner said. (INN)

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    Over 700 illegal huts demolished

    2011/10/18 17:02:18 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Tuesday removed encroachments from the Jawahar Nagar dumping yard.

    According to GHMC officials, about 16 acres of land was encroached upon by people in the last 10 days. The encroachers have not only erected temporary shelters, but have also constructed a temple, mosque and a church. In a joint operation, the GHMC and Revenue Department officials demolished over 700 huts from the site by taking protection from the police department.

    Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) S Aleem Basha told INN that the encroachers tried to take advantage of the general strike and might have thought their encroachment would not be noticed soon. However, the GHMC swung into action and removed the encroachment.

    Of nearly 300 acres of land belonging to the GHMC at Jawahar Nagar, about 50 acres has already been encroached upon the different people. Aleem Basha said that the cases were going in different courts to evict the encroachers. He warned that the GHMC would take serious legal action against those who try to encroachment upon its land. (INN)

    Andhra News : Over 700 illegal huts demolished

    GHMC opts for loans rather than realising dues from govt

    2011/6/12 13:53:18 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation apparently believes that obtaining loans from banks by mortgaging prime property is easier than getting the state government to release a major portion of the funds it owes to the Corporation.

    According to a resolution passed by the Standing Committee (Resolution Number 649, dated April 28, 2011), the GHMC is in intense negotiations with banks to obtain long-term loans up to Rs 600 crore. These loans would be repaid in the next ten years, with a minimum of Rs 100 crore to be repaid each year.

    The State Bank of India has agreed to release Rs 250 crore with an interest of Rs 10.75 per cent, while other banks and financial institutions are demanding anything from 12 per cent to 12.5 per cent for the remaining amount.

    This money is needed by the GHMC to carry on development works in the Municipalities which were merged in the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad to form the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

    The huge interest being demanded by the banks would mean that the GHMC will be forced to pay around Rs 450 crore to Rs 470 crore as interest on the principal amount of Rs 600 crore.

    Telugu Desam Party Floor Leader in the GHMC Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy points out that ironically, the state government owes the GHMC about Rs 350 crore.

    Of this Rs 350 crore, Rs 170 crore as professional tax, Rs 50 crore as road maintenance, and Rs 130 crore in other dues has to be paid by the state government to the GHMC.

    “Instead of trying to get the state government to release this amount, the GHMC is looking at Banks to fund its works. This would ultimately result in the residents being saddled with the GHMC’s follies,” Mr Singi Reddy said.

    Besides this, the GHMC is looking to mortgage some of the prime properties which it owns to raise the money.

    The Moazzam Jahi Market is among the 18 markets to be mortgaged, besides 12 community halls spread across the city.

    If it does go ahead with option of taking the loan, the GHMC plans to spend Rs 200 crore for the drinking water supply in some of the recently merged Municipalities.

    Under pressure from the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, the Corporation would also spend Rs 200 crore in the original constituent of the GHMC, the MCH limits.

    The remaining Rs 200 crore would be spend for the other development activities like medical and sanitation, street lighting, etc.

    According to the draft proposal, the GHMC is looking at imposing an additional 5 per cent taxes on the areas in which this Rs 600 crore is spent to recover the amount.

    Mr Singi Reddy pointed out that the GHMC’s inability to collect the funds due to it from the government is evidence enough of its inefficiency. “How can the decision making body in the GHMC, the Standing Committee hope to collect the additional taxes from the people if it is unable to convince even the state government to release the money it owes to the GHMC? The TDP is willing to totally support the GHMC in any attempt to deal with the government, but so far this is not being done,” he pointed out.

    The TDP leader also expressed the worry that the GHMC’s inability to collect the money due to it may ultimately result in it being unable to repay the loans and the accrued interest. “This would lead to the prime properties mortgaged to the banks being auctioned off,” he said.

    Incidentally, the sources of revenue for the GHMC are the amount sanctioned by the government in the Budget, collection of property taxes, building assessments and permissions, trade licences and the various certificates it issues.

    Besides this, Central grants in the shape of schemes like the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Rajiv Awas Yojna contribute to the GHMC’s kitty.(INN)

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    Garbage remains uncleared in GHMC limits

    2011/10/18 16:50:30 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)

    Andhra News : Garbage remains uncleared in GHMC limits

    GHMC aims to double Property Tax collection

    2011/8/16 18:19:18 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) plans to double the Property Tax collection by the end of current fiscal.

    This was announced by the GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu and Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy at a joint press conference here on Tuesday. According to the Commissioner, the GHMC would focus more on increasing its revenue in the current financial year. Presently, the Property Tax is being collected from 10.5 lakh houses. However, within a period of six to seven months, the GHMC would collect tax from all 21 lakh houses in its jurisdiction. The GHMC is also hopeful of getting vehicle tax and profession tax collection from the government.

    Briefing the media about the major decisions taken during the GHMC's Standing Committee meet held here on Tuesday, the Commissioner said that it has been decided to take 600 crores loan from SBH, a separate account to be maintained for City Level Infrastructure Development projects and all payments of that project from the above escrow account. The banks will be paying directly to the contractors after completion of the work. The rate of interest will be 11.25% and all the works has to be completed within 24 months.

    Following a government order, the GHMC has also decided to identify 60 more community halls to be used as night shelters. Presently, night shelters are provided in just four community halls.

    Mr. Krishna Babu has appealed to the public not to purchase un-authorized buildings. He said encroachment in cellar would be removed in a phased manner and it would be a continuous process. Footpath encroachment drive will be continued in 1st week of every month, he added. (INN)

    Andhra News : GHMC aims to double Property Tax collection

    GHMC not to join General strike

    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 employees’ 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)

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