Hyderabad residents protest against demolition drive even as HC pulls up GHMC

The Hyderabad HC also granted a stay on demolitions of a few constructions.
Hyderabad residents protest against demolition drive even as HC pulls up GHMC
Hyderabad residents protest against demolition drive even as HC pulls up GHMC
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Many angry residents of Hyderabad protested against the GHMC on Wednesday after demolition squads of the municipal body continued to raze illegal constructions across the city.

The Times of India reported:

Demolition squads faced the wrath of people in Kapra, Mallapur and Nacharam areas...When officials from GHMC and the irrigation department went with bulldozers to raze 70-odd houses at Kapra and Nacharam circle, their attempts were thwarted by residents who resorted to a sit-in demanding that their houses be spared.

Following the instructions of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is demolishing many illegal constructions, that were built on drains.

Earlier, the chief minister said that the government would go ahead with the drive and interference of any minister, lawmaker or any other politician would not be tolerated.

Alleging that previous governments allowed the encroachments on drains and in lakes, he sought cooperation from people, all political parties and media. If poor had encroached 'nalas' and built houses, they will be provided houses under double bed-room house scheme of the government, he said.

A report in The New Indian Express states that 211 of the 213 proposed demolitions and removal of encroachments on nalas were executed on Wednesday. The report also added that the demolition of these structures would leave hundreds of people homeless.

In a separate development, the Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday pulled up the GHMC for demolishing structures without serving notices, and granted a stay on demolitions of four constructions in Banjara Hills for eight weeks. 

The Deccan Chronicle reported:

The Judge made it clear the court would not dispute officials’ intention. The action of removing structures on nalas is not questioned, but the method adopted — of issuing notices so as to give an opportunity to the occupiers — may not be strictly correct, the court stated.

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