HYDERABAD: Until now it was only the common man who was irked by the illegal construction of buildings. The issue has now starting to give sleepless nights to even the Union ministers.
Only to exemplify the situation, the minister of state for labour and employment (independent charge) Bandaru Dattatraya shot off a strong letter to the commissioner of police, asking officials to curb illegal construction in front of his residence at Ramnagar.
The letter which is in possession with TOI says that the building in question has permission for two floors only, but the owner has constructed three additional floors.
According to the letter, the owner has illegally constructed the building by influencing the concerned GHMC officials. "The municipal authorities have also promised him that they will clear the property by way of BRS (building regularisation scheme), which is said to be launched next year," Dattatraya said.
The minister has further questioned how the building never came under the scrutiny of the GHMC. "If the police cannot provide security for the only Union minister from the state, then how can it promise security for the common citizens," he stated.
Taking cognisance of the rampant irregularities in the construction of buildings in the city, the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also convened a high-level meeting with officials from the GHMC, HMDA and other line departments to chalk out an action plan to curb the menace.
"When we acquired the separate state of Telangana, we acquired all the misdeeds of the previous government's as well. One of them, being illegal constructions in the capital city. The situation has only worsened, it is time for all the departments to initiate action against such constructions," said the CM. He also opined that the GHMC and HMDA must take assistance from legal advisors.
"It would serve the city better if the departments have a flying squad to inspect all constructions," he said.
He further specified that there must be a proper system in place to curb such instances, while adding that plans of regularising illegal construction and land, would be taken up after due talks with the concerted civic departments.
According to the GHMC officials there are as many as 67,000 illegal domestic constructions within its limits. If the government plans to initiate the regularisation of these buildings, it would stand to earn as much as Rs 1,000 crore as penalties. But there might be legal tangles in the matter since in 2008, the former Congress chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had told the Hyderabad High Court that there would be no more BRS provisions in the city.
If the police cannot provide security for the only Union minister from the state, then how can it promise security for the common citizens
Bandaru Dattatraya, Minister of state for labour and employment