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After metro, SRDP to eat up 800 properties After metro, SRDP to eat up 800 properties

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After acquiring nearly 1,500 properties for the metro rail project, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is now gearing up to bulldoze another 800 properties in some of the prime localities for the much hyped Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP). In their place would come up flyovers, skyways and improved road junctions.

Official sources said that projectwise identification of properties to be acquired has been completed and property owners can expect notices once the drawings of each road development plan (RDP) and proposed flyovers and junctions are r e a d y. Some RDPs and junction improvement drawings have already been prepared and are being given final touches by architects and planners.

The GHMC has decided to construct 20 multi-level flyovers and develop junctions in the first phase of SRDP at a cost of Rs 4,050 crore to ease traffic congestion. The civic body has identified 20 locations where urgent road development is required - Cyber Towers, Jubilee Hills Check post, Road No. 12 in Ban jara Hills and Uppal Crossroads.

"Steps have been initiated to take over government properties and letters have been sent to respective agencies since the process takes time. For instance, the Survey of India has been asked to hand over some land for improvement of Uppal junction. Similarly , 20 acres of KBR national park would be required for a flyover and junction improvement at Jubilee Hills Checkpost," a senior GHMC official told TOI.

Officials said that GHMC ac quired over 3,000 properties for various projects since 2011, includ ing the metro rail. A special land acquisition wing was set up by the state government for acquiring 1,500 properties for three metro corridors. The other land acquisition unit of GHMC had acquired about 1,600 properties for widening roads, including the inner ring road stretches of Chandrayangutta, between Masab Tank and SD Eye Hospital, and Road No. 13 in Banjara Hills. Another 72 properties were taken over for construction of the Tolichowki flyover.

"The process of acquiring nearly 150 properties is currently going on for widening roads from Kothapet to Nagole, Kukatpally to Moosapet, and at Nizampet," GHMC land acquisition officer P Chandraiah told TOI.

ATTRACTIVE INCENTIVE PACKAGE ON THE CARDS

Keeping in view the likely resentment from property owners and the cumbersome process as per the new Land Acquisition Act, GHMC wants to win over people by offering them additional floor space and transferrable development rights, which will also reduce the burden on GHMC to pay cash compensation. The GHMC estimates that about Rs 1,200 crore will be required for property acquisition in Phase-I of SRDP if owners seek compensation in cash.

"Government departments like Survey of India would be offered land for land on the outskirts of the city. A package on the lines of ORR is being worked out," an additional commissioner of GHMC said.

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