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A herculean task to demolish encroachments along Musi

A herculean task to demolish encroachments along Musi
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With issues of compensation and relocation bound to come up, removing illegal encroachments along the River Musi could once again become a headache for the government. In an earlier instance, it had taken the government 15 years to relocate people living close to river the last time such an initiative was taken up.

With issues of compensation and relocation bound to come up, removing illegal encroachments along the River Musi could once again become a headache for the government. In an earlier instance, it had taken the government 15 years to relocate people living close to river the last time such an initiative was taken up.

The decision to remove shacks and other homes on encroached lands along the water body came after a review meeting of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) on Tuesday wherein the construction of a bridge at Imliban to connect Rangmahal Junction and Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) was deemed imperative. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the HMR and other concerned authorities would be launching a drive against the encroachments soon.

Back in 2000, a little over a thousand people were told to vacate. With only 600 relocated in the first phase, the majority still stand to lose their homes. Human Rights Forum state president S Jeevan Kumar said, “The government should not take so long to relocate people and the land where they would be housed should be shown to assure them. Several political leaders have encroached lands along the river but the government prefers to demolish the huts of the poor.”

Social activists have been raising their voices for speedy relocation. Veda Kumar of Forum for Better Hyderabad said, “We have been knocking on the government's doors for the last 20 years to save the Musi. Now the government wakes up as it wants to complete the Metro Rail project on time.

Development of the city is needed. But equal priority must be given to those whose livelihood would be affected.” So far, the rooms where the dhobis had stored soda, chemicals and other material were demolished for the Metro Rail works. The HMR has paid Rs 56 lakh for rooms to be constructed for the 74 dhobis at Chaderghat.

By:T P Venu

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