GHMC to Acquire 260 Properties for Storm

GHMC to Acquire 260 Properties for Storm Water Drain Development

Last year, heavy rains during the month of October caused heavy flooding and wreaked havoc in the low-lying areas of the city. After the flooding & efforts to restore normalcy, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) rolled out the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP) in November of 2020 to pre-empt and prevent flooding of low-lying areas of the city. To do this, the GHMC plans to initiate the plan by acquiring around 260 properties to develop better storm drain solutions.

The planned 260 properties will be acquired by compensation of Rs. 80+ crores to the owners of the properties. The Strategic Nala Development Programme is responsible for developing & maintaining the storm water drains in and around Hyderabad to prevent & reduce the chances of flooding. The SNDP will plan and make adjustments, widen and construct larger storm water drains to effectively control water level management during heavy rainfall periods in Hyderabad. Acquiring properties is just the first initial step of the plan but it would mean there are no obstacles in the way of storm water drains development.

The 260 properties that are on the list to be acquired have a combined area of 23,000 square yards. The properties will be acquired legally by paying fair compensation and the GHMC is trying to acquire properties via negotiations utilizing the provisions of the GHMC Act. The process of widening & storm drain construction/re-construction will begin in the month of October after the land acquisition process is complete. The government of Telangana & GHMC say that the settlements on the land that are older than 10 years will be paid fair compensation at the prevailing market prices. The settlements in the demarcated properties for acquisition that come up in the period of less than 10 years prior to 2020 will be removed instantly.

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