Demolish illegal buildings on Musi nalas: NGT committee


The joint committee appointed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recommended the withdrawal of permission for buildings constructed along nalas of Musi inPuppalaguda and Manikonda. The committee, following its inspection wherein it found several buildings to be unauthorised, also recommended action against officials who permitted such constructions.

“Local bodies or gram panchayats do not have power to approve layout plan. As per the Act, HMDA is the competent authority for approval of any layout plan. After approval of layout plan, the same will be sent to local body for release to layout owners on collection of local body charges,” the committee said. 

A joint inspection was conducted by revenue and irrigation officials along the nine-metre buffer zone on either side of Pandena Vagu. Structures constructed in Puppalaguda and Neknampur were identified. “Some of the buildings are unauthorised and some were permitted by the then Puppalaguda gram panchayat on assumption of the draft layout plan approved by HMDA in 1990. The draft layout plan was cancelled in 1997 by HMDA,” said the committee.

“In case of unauthorised buildings and building constructed encroaching nala and its buffer zone, the Manikonda municipal commissioner has to take immediate action for demolition of encroached portion by following due procedure under the Act,” the joint committee went on to say.

The committee said that in the case of buildings permitted by the Puppalaguda gram panchayat in open spaces of HMDA-approved draft layout, the municipal commissioner should revoke building permissions by issuing show-cause notices to building owners. “After revocation of building permission granted earlier the municipal commissioner shall take further action for demolition of buildings by following due process of law,” the committee report said.

The committee had members from the Telangana State Leven Impact Assessment Authority, state pollution control board, HDMA and Gandipet revenue department. “Action should be initiated on the persons responsible for granting building permissions in the layout open space and nalas, buffer zone. District collector Rangareddy shall be asked to take action,” recommended the committee.

The NGT joint committee recommended the issuing of show-cause notices to building owners who had previously gotten permissions to construct buildings on the nala area.

U Sudhakar Reddy, TNN, Hyderabad

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