GHMC's Strategic Road Development Programme Draws Flak

Published: 08th July 2015 04:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2015 04:05 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Members of the civil society have lambasted the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) initiated by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in the city.

“SRDP, which is being planned with an outlay of more than `21,000 crore will lead to large scale demolitions in the city. Large extend of land, including residential and commercial properties have to be acquired for construction of sky ways, grade separators, and flyovers,” said Reddappa Reddy, president of Forum for Good Governance (FGG) at a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Administrative sanction has already been given to take up first phase of SRDP with an outlay of `4,051 crore. The project aims to develop Hyderabad as a global smart city.

In the first phase of SRDP, multilevel fly overs are planned at KBR Park, Biodiversity Park, Jubilee Hills Check Post, LB Nagar, Rasoolpura, Bhadurpura and Uppal. An elevated corridor will be developed from Abids General Post Office (GPO) to Chaderghat and Malakpet. The GHMC cannot put the livelihood of denizens to risk, for benefiting contractors and politicians, said M Padmanabha Reddy, secretary of FGG.

“There are 1,476 slums which do not have basic amenities. GHMC should focus on providing basic amenities at slums,” summed up Rao VB Chelikani, president of Tarnaka Residents Welfare Association.

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