HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has rejected the plan of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to take over its sites on the ground that it plans to undertake important projects on the prime lands.
GHMC has sought six parcels of lands in various parts of Greater Hyderabad for construction of model markets, multi-level parking complexes, multipurpose halls, bus bays but HMDA informed the state government that it cannot part with the lands as it wanted to develop those lands to generate revenue for it which is in a severe financial crisis.
The GHMC has proposed four multi-level parking complexes _ on a 665-sq yard site adjacent the Saifabad traffic police station between Mint Compound and Imax Theatre Road, on National Highway-9 at Kukatpally (2,000 sq.yds), on Kothapet Road at Saroornagar (3,613 sq.yds) and adjacent the metro rail station between Miyapur and Kukatpally on NH-9 (29,500 sq.yds).
It also plans to build two model markets, one at Saroornagar between Dilsukhnagar and LB Nagar Road (750 sq.yds) and another adjacent the metro rail station on NH-9 between Miyapur and Kukatpally (29,500 sq.yds).
Two multipurpose halls _ one at Chandanagar on HUDA Colony Road (1,790 sq.yds) and another adjacent the metro rail station on NH-9 between Miyapur and Kukatpally (29,500 sq.yds) are also part of its plan.
The HMDA has told the government that the model vegetable market proposed by GHMC is not possible as it will create traffic congestion on the 60-ft master plan road. As a solution, HMDA has offered to construct a commercial complex with vegetable shops and the chief secretary accepted the idea.
HMDA officials said a multi-level parking complex on Imax Theatre Road would not be feasible and it may attract SC ban orders.
At Kukatpally the HMDA has proposed a pilot project called Transit Oriented Development (TOD) . TODs are proposed for a radial distance of 500 metres around the metro station for high-rise buildings and other developments with land use for work centres, shopping areas and recreational facilities with sufficient parking.
Similarly, GHMC’s proposed multi-level parking complex at Saroornagar cannot be possible as HMDA has proposed to construct a commercial complex by dismantling the existing structure for accommodating shopping malls, multiplexes, etc to generate good revenue for HMDA.