In a major move, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) demolished 22 villas that were illegally constructed as part of a housing venture in Bowranpet.
The villas were part of the SRK Green Park venture, which involved a total of 197 houses, allegedly built on agricultural land.
Of these buildings, 22 did not apply for layout regularisation (LRS) or building regularisation (BRS).
Each one was reportedly worth Rs 50 lakh.
The demolition drive began early on Monday, and went on through the day.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Director, Planning, HMDA, K Purushotham Reddy said, â€œThis land is a conservation zone and should be used for agriculture purpose. Instead of obtaining permission from HMDA, the builder approached the Gram Panchayat, which is not authorised to give permission for such ventures. When we served notices, the builder went to court, which imposed Rs.1 lakh penalty for each villa besides directing the villa owners to apply for LRS. While individual owners applied for LRS, the builder appealed against the judgement and got an interim order."
Following this, the HMDA submitted its findings in court, which issued notices again.
Reports add that the police were also roped in during the demolition, to avoid any untoward incidents.
Last month, the HMDA demolished roads, medians and other structures laid by a private company inside a society, after it was reported that they had taken up construction illegally near Balapur.
The constructions reportedly belonged to Pride India Developers.
Last year, the Telangana government undertook a massive demolition drive following the rains, to clear encroachments on several drains and â€˜nalasâ€™ across the city.
However, many of those who had violated norms and built on lakes were spared.