HYDERABAD: Initiating steps to prevent flooding of low-lying areas, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to acquire 260 properties by paying compensation of over Rs 80 crore towards development of storm water drains in the city.
In an effort to fix the city’s drainage system, GHMC’s Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP) was rolled out in November 2020 post the floods that created havoc in the city. The SNDP wing is responsible for developing and maintaining storm water drain/nala system in the city.
Though 260 properties with a combined extent of 23,000 square yards have been listed for acquisition through the legal route, GHMC is making efforts to acquire properties through negotiations under GHMC Act. “While some packages are currently under procurement stage, the removal of encroachments is being monitored by zonal commissioners. After land acquisition, the nala widening or reconstruction works will take off after October,” SNDP chief engineer Dr C Vasantha said.
Those who had settled on government land over 10 years ago were being paid compensation at the prevailing market rates. However, encroachments shorter than 10 years were being removed immediately, official sources said.