The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Thursday penalised More Supermarket in the city's Erramanzil area and imposed a fine of Rs l lakh for damaging public roads, by letting out water from their premises. The penalty order was issued by GHMC Khairatabad Zonal Commissioner Mohammed Musharraf Ali.
Taking to Twitter, the IAS officer said, "GHMC spends crores of tax payers' money on roads. Request commercial buildings and residents not to spoil your own money by leaving water on the roads." The municipal body in Hyderabad is presently undertaking a drive as the city will be participating in the Union government's Swachh Survekshan rankings for 2019.
1 Lakh penalty imposed on @AdityaBirlaGrpâ€™s #MoreMegastore for damaging BT road at Erramanzil@GHMCOnline spends Crores of #Taxpayers money on roadsâ€” Musharraf Faruqui (@musharraf_ias) December 27, 2018
Request #Commercials #Residents not to spoil your own money by leaving any water on roads@KTRTRS @arvindkumar_ias @MDHMWSSB pic.twitter.com/cRLyepAkAU
The GHMC is also fining construction companies and builders who dump debris on the side of the road and obstruct civilian movement besides damaging public property. Earlier this week, it fined a builder in Secunderabad Rs 10,000, for violating the guidelines laid down by the municipal body.
Last week, the GHMC asked the management of Apollo Hospitals situated in Jubilee Hills to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh, for releasing water out of their gate, which in turn damaged the road laid by the municipal body. The incident came to light during an inspection by GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore and Musharaf Ali who inspected some areas under the Khairatabad Zone along with officials of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB).
The GHMC in a press release said that the Commissioner noticed a newly laid road in a damaged state. An inspection was carried out and officials noticed that the road was damaged from the entrance gate of the hospital due to continuous flow of water.
The GHMC has insisted that such water is to be let out into storm water drains and not on to the roads, which would be considered damage to public property, as it was causing inconvenience to several commuters.