KCR: High rises won’t violate green norms
Multi-storeyed buildings would be constructed on 40 locations
Nov 24, 2014
Source : The Times of India


HYDERABAD: Taking forward the decision of the state government to construct skyscrapers around Hussainsagar, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Saturday that the multi-storeyed buildings would be constructed on 40 locations spread over an area of 100 acres around the lake.

The world's tallest building would come up at Sanjeevaiah park displacing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 828 metres tall. Other skyscrapers being planned are at Buddha Bhavan, Ranigunj bus depot, Lower Tank Bund, Kundanbagh, Patigadda, Sailing Club, Youth Hostel, Raghava Sadan, Nursing College, Dilkusha guest house, Greenlands, New MLA Quarters at Adarshnagar, Electricity Bhavan, Text Book Printing Press, Ritz Hotel, BRK Bhavan, Expotel Hotel and Snow World area in Lower Tank Bund. The minimum height of the buildings would be 75 floors.

KCR held a review meeting with officials on the skyscrapers project and cleaning of Hussainsagar on Saturday. He said the buildings would be constructed beyond the full tank level (FTL) of the lake and in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment and other environmental norms.

According to a press release, the CM asked the officials to prepare comprehensive plans for infrastructure facilities at the locations identified for the skyscrapers. The officials have been directed to prepare guidelines for the construction of the tall buildings around the lake as many international agencies are likely to come forward to take up the projects.

KCR said the state government would accord top priority for cleaning of the lake and directed the officials to call for tenders for diverting the storm water drains that are connected to the lake. He said Hussainsagar was being polluted due to inflows from various nalas and asked the officials to ensure that the underground drainage system is in place as sewage was being released into the nalas. KCR said Rs 100 crore would be released for cleaning of the lake. Since the lake is getting polluted due to immersion of Ganesha and Durga idols every year, Vinayaka Sagar would be developed in Indira Park where immersion would take place, it was decided at the meeting.

The CM also decided to hold a meeting with the members of the Ganesh Utsava Committee and elected representatives on the proposal of Vinayaka Sagar. For taking up desilting in the lake, KCR constituted a sub-committee under Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma with special chief secretary Pradeep Chandra, principal secretaries SK Joshi, Raymond Peter and Nagi Reddy as members. Their mission is oversee the desilting works in the lake during the coming summer.

"Our government's intention is to build towers on par with international standards and at the same time, bring past glory to the lake and ensure that there is no harm to the environment in the vicinity of the lake," the chief minister said.

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