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Illegal Structures Thrive in Nizamabad. Although the Nizamabad civic body has been upgraded to a corporation, the style of functioning of its officials towards mushrooming illegal construction activity has remained the unchanged.
- Builders lobby, politicians exerting pressure on authorities
- Local MP Kavita reportedly angry with officials for their ‘lethargy’
Nizamabad: Although the Nizamabad civic body has been upgraded to a corporation, the style of functioning of its officials towards mushrooming illegal construction activity has remained the unchanged.
It is alleged that under the influence of builders and the officials are forced to look the other way. The lack of proper supervision by the higher officials and the apathy on the part of the Town Planning Department authorities has come as a boon for the builder’s lobby. This is nullifying the State government’s efforts to make Nizamabad a smart city.
The officials, who are supposed to check the building plans before giving permissions, are allegedly adopting a casual attitude because of the pressure tactics being exerted by local politicians. Consequently accidents in apartments are increasing. The officials merely state that they are following the guidelines without taking action to check the illegal construction of apartments in the town.
Nizamabad MP K Kavitha is said to be angry with officials for their negligent attitude despite the fact that she had impressed upon Urban MLA Ganesh Gupta the need for being strict to check illegal building activity. Fifty per cent of apartments in Nizamabad were built in violation of guidelines. Builders of such apartments have failed to provide adequate pathway for fire fighters to reach the spot in case of an accident. An instance of officials’ indifference is the construction of a five-storey apartment in an area of 165 square yards in Khilawadi without the civic body’s permission. Apartments/buildings have been built in small areas in Subashnagar, Narenderwada and Pochammagalli areas. While permissions are sought for 2/3 floors, five/six floor structures are being constructed thanks to the clout of a builders’ syndicate. The ruling party corporators and even the Mayor are allegedly not taking interest in enforcing regulations. The civic body officials are known to take strict action against small establishments and shops for violation of rules, but ignore the actions of builders/contractors who resort to illegal constructions.
The State government seemed to have taken note of the residents’ plea for a change in the attitude of the civic officials under the new dispensation. Recently, the Municipal Commissioner was transferred. In his place an experienced official, Venkateswarlu, had been posted. But, the situation remained unchanged.