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The twisted case of GO 111

The twisted case of GO 111
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The State government appears to have adopted a dual stand on the protection of tanks and lakes in and around the city. While on one hand it has taken up ‘Mission Kakatiya’ to revive the glory of the lakes, on the other hand it will demolish rural water bodies with its alleged effort to abolish GO 111, which prohibits the construction of edifices in the catchment areas of 84 lakes. Based on a report by a committee of experts, the government had issued GO 111on March 8, 1996,

The government had issued GO 111 on March 8, 1996, prohibiting establishment of industries and big structures within 10 kilometers radius of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar tanksOur Bureau

The State government appears to have adopted a dual stand on the protection of tanks and lakes in and around the city. While on one hand it has taken up ‘Mission Kakatiya’ to revive the glory of the lakes, on the other hand it will demolish rural water bodies with its alleged effort to abolish GO 111, which prohibits the construction of edifices in the catchment areas of 84 lakes. Based on a report by a committee of experts, the government had issued GO 111on March 8, 1996, prohibiting the establishment of industries and big structures within 10 kilometers radius of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar tanks.

According to the GO, major industries, hotels and residential structures should not be constructed near 84 listed villages fall in six mandals such as Shamshabad, Moinabad, Shabad, Shankarpalli, Rajendranagar and Chevella. 60 percent of the total area must be kept open around 10 km radius and the floor space index should be 1:0.5 ratio. “The government is conspiring to give an opportunity for realtors to enter the prohibited zone and make money by spreading real-estate business in the area.

Local MP Konda Vishveshwar Reddy, during his election campaign, had promised to abolish the GO. Moreover, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had also assured to abolish the GO while participating in a public meeting at Chevella,” a source from the Pollution Control Board said, and added that they were trying to fulfill their poll promises. “In this regard, it is learnt that the government is contemplating to appoint a committee to study the issue.

Once the GO is abolished, the entire land belonging to two lakes, which are quenching the thrust of the people in the city, would go into the hands of land mafia,” environmentalists opined. The GO also says that industries established in the surrounding areas should be shifted to other areas. Of the 100 existing industries, about 40 were shifted and remaining units were functioning in the same locality.

“Forget about shifting of industries, fresh permissions have been given for the construction of big structures like IT Park, engineering colleges, farm houses, apartments and others by setting aside the Supreme Court directions issued on December 1, 2000,” environmentalist Donthi Narasimha Reddy told the CityTAB. “The most surprising thing is that the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport also falls in the prohibited 10 km radius,” Reddy informed.

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