The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, for a change, has been accused of encroachment. The famous Toli Masjid committee has alleged that the GHMC has encroached and set up a garbage transfer station on masjid land — a wakf property — at Karwan, Old City.
The GHMC has also laid a road through the wakf property to the garbage transfer station.
The Masjid committee had made a representation to the issue to the State Wakf Board which had forwarded it to the GHMC. While the Corporation has not replied so far, garbage is still being dumped on the land.
GHMC officials, however, said that they were not aware of the issue.
The Toli Masjid, which is situated at Ward No. 13, Block No.6 of Karwan, is a notified Wakf property published in A.P Gazette No.12-A Part-II dated 21 March 1985. The masjid owns 27.30 acres of land.
With the GHMC installing dumper bins on the western side of the masjid, loads of trash is piling up near it.
The masjid committee president, Mr Syed Dastagir Pasha, had represented to the State Wakf board in January 2011 regarding the road which was laid by GHMC and the dumping station.
Based on the representation, a wakf board task force had inspected the site and confirmed the illegal dumping and encroachment.
“No action has been taken by the authorities. They have also laid a road to the dumping spot,” said Mr Pasha.
The Inspector of the task force, Mr Abdul Qudus, said, “We have inspected the spot and found that the encroachment was carried out by the GHMC and they have been dumping garbage in the masjid compound. We have reported the issue to the Wakf board and have reported the same to the GHMC commissioner.”
Meanwhile, the additional commissioner, Health and Sanitation, of the GHMC, Mr Aleem Basha, said no such matter had been brought to their notice.
“We will do the necessary once we verify the issue,” he said. Deccan Chronicle