In a major crackdown of establishments that were encroaching footpaths in Hyderabad, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) undertook a massive drive and removed 1,024 structures in a single day.
In total, the GHMC aims to remove 4,133 encroachments on footpaths and has identified encroachments on 48 stretches of road totalling 127.5 km.
The municipal body has also formed six teams, each with 20 members, equipped with JCB machines and other equipment required to demolish and clean up encroachments.
In the 1,024 structures that were removed, the GHMC said that 822 of those were permanent or immovable structures and 202 were movable encroachments like push cart vendors.
The GHMC said that it is also formulating a plan to accommodate the street vendors, who have encroached several footpaths across the city.
"The GHMC is implementing Street Vendor Policy in proper manner for the convenience of the vendors to do their business for their livelihood. The Government of India has given certain directions for implementation of street vendor policy. As per the directions, Town Vending Committees (TVC) have been formed in all the circles with officials from various departments and representatives of street vendors and their associations," the GHMC said in a press release.
"24,580 Street Vendors (SVs) are surveyed in which 22,324 ID cards have been issued. Meetings are organized on financial literacy in coordination with the bankers. 204 SVs have been facilitated to get loans under SEP/Mudra to the tune of Rs 89.48 lakh and 23 Common Interest Groups have been linked to banks and an amount of Rs 19 lakh has been provided," the GHMC added.
In June, ahead of the monsoon, the GHMC undertook a massive drive to demolish old and dilapidated structures.
This came after orders from Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao issued instructions to senior officials on June 12, during a review meeting.
"An action plan was prepared to identify most dangerous structures in each circle of GHMC and a proposal was submitted for demolition through a special drive," the GHMC said in a press release.