The GHMC today began its preparatory drill to raze illegal buildings constructed along sewers and tanks in Hyderabad. It has placed special demolition squads in each police circle in the city to demolish illegal structures.
GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said that he had written a letter to the district Collectors of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy demanding that they hand over vacant houses constructed under the JNNURM and the Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana (VAMBAY) schemes to the inhabitants of the illegal structures as compensation.
The Commissioner also complained that there was a severe dearth in the number of employees in GHMC's town planning wing.
"There are only 214 employees in the wing, of the 1,215 that are needed to start the demolition drive. Steps are being taken to fill these vacant posts in the wing through TSPSC. I have requested the urban town planning director to appoint 40 building inspectors immediately to the wing," Reddy said.