Hyderabad: Even before civil works could begin, metro rail has hit a roadblock at Chadarghat. According to sources, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) brought pressure on the GHMC to stop acquiring properties it had identified on the 2-km stretch between Mahatma Gandhi Central Bus Station (Imliban) and Malakpet.
The GHMC has identified 67 buildings for takeover but it could get control of only five of them till date. The acquisition process came to a standstill five months ago.
The property owners said that the GHMC had offered to pay them much less than the market value, hence they declined to part with their buildings. They say that most of the buildings are commercial in nature and form the only source of income for them.
M A Sattar, GHMC (South Zone) assistant city planner, said that the compensation package offered to the owners varied from one building to another as it took into consideration the material used in the construction. If the building is constructed with cement and concrete its value will be higher. And if the roof of the building is made of zinc or asbestos sheets its value will be lower. The corporation has worked out the rate of each property based on the guidelines prepared by the roads and buildings department. But it has offered the same land rate to all building owners. Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala, the MIM MLA in whose assembly segment the disputed patch is located, said that he had represented the case of the property owners after hearing their plea carefully. According to the rules, if the government is acquiring 70 percent of the property it should compensate for the whole of it since the remaining 30 becomes unusable for the owner. Also, the government should pay at the market rate, not make an offer according to its own calculation. The core point here is that the government is bound to safeguard the livelihood of the person whose commercial property it is planning to take over. About 300 persons who run their shops in the listed buildings would be affected. Their livelihood should also be protected.
He said that he had asked the GHMC to conduct a meeting with the property and shop owners to sort out the issue amicably. He expected the dispute to be resolved by the end of July.
Under the phase-one of the project, metro rail will start at Miyapur and end at L B Nagar. It will pass through Panjagutta, Nampally, Osmania General Hospital, Central Bus Station, Malakpet and Dilsukhnagar. The Bus Station and the Malakpet junction are two important stops on the 28-km track. Malakpet station will be upgraded as MMTS and MRTS Interchange Station and MGBS will be developed as MRTS Interchange Station with a view to facilitating the commuters to take transportation they require. TOI