HYDERABAD: A division bench of High Court on July 11, 2017, issued notices to the chief secretary of TS, and authorities of GHMC, HMDA, HMWSSB and Hyderabad district collector to respond to a PIL against constructions in and around Hussainsagar.
The bench of ACJ Ramesh Ranganathan and justice T Rajani was dealing with a PIL case filed by Marri Shashidhar Reddy, former Congress MLA, who sought directions to TS government restraining it from taking up constructions in and around Hussainsagar as it will violate orders of Supreme Court.
Petitioner’s counsel Jandhyala Ravi Shankar told the bench that SC had directed the state not to take up constructions in and around the said lake in 2005 and that the order would remain in operation till the matter was disposed of by the present HC.
However, contrary to the Apex court’s directions, TS government was trying to evict slum dwellers of Ambedkar Nagar slum, situated on the banks of the lake, with a false promise that it would construct 2BHK houses for them. TS advocate general K Ramkrishna Reddy said that the said land was not part of Hussainsagar and the 2BHK constructions would not fall either in the buffer zone of the lake or the FTL, he noted.
The bench issued notices to authorities filing their replies within a week. The SC had remanded the issue back to the HC and the court would deal with it, the bench said while adjourning the hearing of the case.