Iron scrap worth 120 crore gayab

Iron scrap worth 120 crore gayab
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Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Irrigation department officials are clueless about 3,000 tons of iron scrap worth Rs 120 crore that has been collected from the Hussainsagar Lake after the Ganesh immersion.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Irrigation department officials are clueless about 3,000 tons of iron scrap worth Rs 120 crore that has been collected from the Hussainsagar Lake after the Ganesh immersion.

According to the highly-placed sources, the line department officials are passing the buckby not claiming the responsibility. Sources said some unscrupulous elements in these departments might have sold the iron scrap by denting revenue of their respective departments.

Though the GHMC officials have constructed baby ponds for the immersion of small Ganesh idols but most of the idols have been immersed in Hussainsagar. During the 11-day festival, around 80,000 Ganesh idols have been immersed in the Sagar.

A senior HMDA official said the department has completed 90 per cent cleaning of the Hussainsagar Lake and around 3,000 tons iron has been removed from the lake. He said the iron of Ganesh idols will be removed by the Irrigation department as they hire labour to remove the scrap from the lake.

However, the Irrigation department officials said they had installed the cranes only at the Hussainsagar Lake for the immersion and the removal of the iron scrap was taken up by the GHMC officials.

When asked about the same, a senior GHMC official said the civic body is not related to the removal of the iron and it comes under the HMDA.

CPI(M)secretary M Srinivas said the department has to call for tenders or auction the iron scrap, which is removed from the lake, but the officials are just dumping it.

He alleged that the line departments which were involved in the immersion process have been deliberately disowning the responsibility and selling the iron. Forum for Good Governance secretary P Padmanabha Reddy said that if the iron is auctioned and sold it would turn into a major source of revenue for the cash crunch department like HMDA.

"The approximate cost of ton iron is around Rs 40,000 per ton and the HMDA is losing out on Rs 120 crore," he added.

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