MIM floor leader in State Assembly, Akbaruddin Owaisi, on Monday slammed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for not taking up road widening works on priority basis. He pointed out that land rates have increased four times since its proposal of road widening.
Akbarudin made the remarks during an inspection of different areas of Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency along with GHMC mayor M Majid Hussain, GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu and other GHMC officials.
Akbaruddin pointed out that road widening works were going at a slow pace and there was a need to prioritise them as works taken up five years ago are yet to be completed. He said land rate per square yard for acquisitions has gone up from `6,000 to `25,000 now.
In several cases, money has not been paid so far for the properties acquired by the GHMC long ago, he said and questioned the officials over the delay. He offered to help the officials in convincing the public regarding road widening.
The GHMC commissioner said encroachments were coming up on either side of the widened roads and directed the officials to remove the encroachments on priority with the help of police.
The commissioner directed engineering officials to take up the works pertaining to culverts immediately.
The team visited Hafeez Baba Nagar, Bandlaguda and Ghouse Nagar.
They also inspected various lakes like Surram Cheruvu and Palle Cheruvu, where the commissioner asked officials to take up lake protection works, overall improvement of lakes and beautification wherever necessary.