GHMC to evict as many as 1,925 overstaying tenants

The GHMC has 25 markets, 19 complexes and 86 lease lands - 130 in all. Of the 3,595 units, the lease of about 1,925 has exceeded 25 years and expired.

Published: 10th April 2017 02:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2017 06:36 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: After a deep slumber, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is planning to evict as many as 1,925 unauthorised occupants from municipal complexes, markets and lands whose lease period has either expired or exceeded 25 years.

The GHMC has 25 markets, 19 complexes and 86 lease lands - 130 in all. Of the 3,595 units, the lease of about 1,925 has exceeded 25 years and expired.    

There are many illegal occupants who are carrying out their business in the existing old markets and complexes for over three decades in prime commercial localities but the corporation is getting very meagre monthly rentals. Therefore, the civic body has planned to evict about 1,925 occupants and decided demolish 22 old and dilapidated markets and complexes, and construct modern markets in their place.

The 25 GHMC markets have 2,999 units and 1,766 of them are still in occupation beyond the 25-year lease period. The GHMC proposes to modernise 19 of these 25 old markets by constructing new buildings with  modern facilities.

In the case of the 19 complexes, the 25-year lease period has expired in respect of 874 units and the corporation plans to build three structures there. As regards the 86 lease lands, the lease period in respect of about 40 has crossed 25 years.

Proposals are before the standing committee for approval to evict illegal traders, demolish and reconstruct 22 dilapidated structures, issue show-cause notices to tenants whose lease has not exceeded 25 years and to 886 lessees to continue.

GHMC officials said that the aim to evict illegal occupants is to modernise the markets and increase revenue. The civic body had given its properties on lease between 1955 and 1980 to lessees, tenants and institutions for lease periods varying from one year to 30 years.

In 2009, the High Court had directed the GHMC not to renew the leases, whose tenure exceeded 25 years, without conducting public auctions. The unauthorised occupants should be evicted from the municipal premises following the rules framed under the AP Public Premises Act 1971.

The GHMC will issue show-cause notice to tenants whose lease has not lapsed but do not possess lease hold rights to continue. It also plans to revise the rents of municipal markets and complexes.


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