Government plans building tribunals to regularise construction activity

HYDERABAD: The state government on Monday admitted in assembly that some of the promises it made as part of the 100-day plan for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have not progressed as expected.Replying to questions from BJP members, municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao said due to unexpected legal tangles in acquisition of land, there was a delay in construction of various `bhavans' for different sections of the society . Responding to concerns about illegal and sub-standard constructions resulting in building collapses and deaths, Rama Rao said the government was drafting a legislation for setting up building tribunals in the state to regulate all construction activity and eliminate illegal and poorly-built structures. "We hope to introduce the Bill in this session itself," he added.The minister's admission was preceded by questions and complaints from BJP members Dr K Laxman and NVSS Prabhakar on the go vernment over its 100-day action plan for the GHMC during which various development works were expected to be taken up and completed. The minister also said that the 100-day plan was something the government offered to do on its own and was not in response to any demand to do so. The government, Rama Rao said, was mindful of the delays and was moving to accomplishing all the goals it set for itself. So far, the government completed 463 black-topping road works, 317 desilting works and constructed 50 busbays among other projects, KTR said. He also said that the GHMC experimented with laying of roads with paver blocks and white topped some stretches prone to water logging. And soon, it will take up a Rs 200-crore road project in IT corridor from Jubilee Hills onwards.