Under Hyderabad civic body limits, 9% STPs in societies & complexes defunct – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: The municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) department found that around nine per cent of the existing Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in gated communities and commercial complexes under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits are non-functional owing to the lack of maintenance, while another 9.4 per cent of them are yet to be constructed.

Officials said that the department will soon take action against the gated communities and other establishments that are not following the norms. “Due to non-maintainence of STPs in these gated communities and other apartment complexes, treated water is not being used for gardening, cleaning and other non-domestic purposes. It was also found that several STPs were not constructed despite the relevant authorities issuing the occupancy certificate,” said an official.

According to the audit analysis given by the officials, the total private STPs in GHMC, HMDA and Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation limits were 628 out of which 537 STPs were audited. The audit of remaining 91 STPs had to be put on hold due to Covid-19.

Highlighting the issue, a citizen, Sangeetha Maheshwaram tweeted, “Respected sir. Please focus on Sewage Treatment Plants in Gated Communities, Hospitals and Commercial Complexes. They release waste water directly into the nalas. So please set up any cell under MAUD (sic).”

Responding to the issue, the MAUD principal secretary tweeted, “We have taken up the audit of existing privately managed STPs in such communities and will initiate action against the defaulting gated communities and will ensure STPs are working”.

The aggregate operational capacity of existing STPs is 154.419 million litres per day (MLD), of which 137.379 MLD of water is being treated. A total of 79.679 MLD of treated water is being used for several purposes every day including gardening, flushing, cooling tower and selling treated excess water to GHMC.

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TDR turns lifeline for major projects in Hyderabad – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Despite the pandemic denting the coffers of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), transfer of development rights (TDR) turned out to be the biggest lifeline for the city ensuring execution of several infrastructure projects.

The civic body saved over Rs 1,500 crore towards cash compensation due to TDR and ensured projects — especially construction of link roads and flyovers — were executed on time, officials said.

Amid restrictions, owing to the spike in Covid-19 cases, the scheme turned into a win-win situation for property owners, builders, developers and government.

Though TDR concept was introduced a decade ago, till mid-2019, only 115 TDRs were issued. However, with introduction of new policy in 2017 and subsequent amendments, officials said that the property owners opting for TDRs increased along with increase in the city’s infrastructure works. Till date, 807 TDRs have been issued.

TDR is made available for certain additional built-up area in lieu of the area relinquished or surrendered by the land owner, so that he can use extra built-up area or transfer it to another for a sum.

“Apart from additional property value, the provision to sell or purchase TDR has also been an attractive factor. Under the scheme, the extra built-up area could either be utilised by the property owner or sold to others which is a reason builders and realtors come forward to opt for TDR,” said a GHMC official.

Though the TDR concept was introduced a decade ago, the government had issued a GO in 2017 and extended more benefits for property owners.

Speaking at a review meeting at the GHMC headquarters this week, municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao asked officials said that link road works and the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme were progressing on fast track.

He said, “A TDR worth Rs 2,800 crore was submitted for various land acquisitions. The officials are reviewing work under the SRDP as well. As many as 21 works taken up under SRDP have been made available for public while another 17 works would be completed soon.”

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Sky’s the limit for flats in Hyderabad as builders race to build 40+ floors – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Soon, Hyderabad’s skyline could be peaking to new heights. This, courtesy a flurry of projects set to spring up along the IT corridor over the next four-five years which are all racing to tower past the 40-floor mark. Most are even hoping to walk home with the ‘tallest building in the city’ award.

In February this year, Bengaluru-based Sumadhura Group hit headlines after its 44-floor residential venture in Financial District got the green signal from civic authorities. Expected to be ready by 2025, ‘Sumadhura Olympus’, is being marketed as Hyderabad’s tallest property in the making. But until it takes off, it’s home-grown Rajapushpa Properties’ ‘Provincia’ in Narsingi that’s hoping to hold onto that title. Standing at G+39 floors, this project is already underway and has sold most of its top floors, say, officials – a base price tag of Rs 6,549 per square feet (sft) notwithstanding.

“There is tremendous demand for the top floor, especially those above the 30th floor,” said P Sreenivas Reddy, executive director of firm, adding, “Our reason to go vertical was to have more open space around the project and that’s possible only if the building is above a certain height,” he added.

For Candeur Constructions though, the idea was to grab maximum attention with their debut show in Hyderabad.

While their projects in their home ground, Bengaluru, are limited to 24 floors, the ‘Candeur 40’ in Miyapur will have 40 floors once it’s ready by mid-2024. “Of the total 346 units that we have sold so far, majority are on the top floors and 3BHKS. People are very keen on buying bigger spaces in high rises now,” said Madhusudan Kilari, senior manager (sales).Sky's the limit for flats in Hyderabad as builders race to build 40+ floors
Agrees, officials of SAS Infra that’s currently building a 36 floor ‘iTower’ in Nanakramguda – touted as Hyderabad’s tallest commercial project thus far. According to market sources, the firm is drawing up plans to launch a 57-storeyed residential tower in the city soon, hoping for it to become the tallest housing project in all of south India.

“These apart, there are a bunch of other projects in their nascent stages of planning, that are expected to be 40 floors and above. All of them are planned in Hyderabad’s western wing and priced at Rs 6,500 to Rs 7,000 per sft (on an average),” said a leading city realtor.

Civic officials maintain that only some buildings have been given permission so far. “Most permissions being sought within the core city area are still limited to 30-32 floors. It is projects in the periphery that are gunning for 40+ structures,” said Devender Reddy, chief city planner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

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Hyderabad: Beneficiaries protest occupation of homes – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Around 100 people thronged Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) head office at Lower Tank Bund on Monday afternoon and rued that houses allotted to them by the government were occupied by aides of local leaders.

They rued that beneficiaries were not even being allowed to enter the houses at Karmaghat division (GHMC LB Nagar zone). In all, 512 houses were allotted under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (Jnnurm) scheme in Karmanghat.

“We paid Rs 82,000 to government under the scheme, we paid the amount in instalments between 2016 and 2019, but there are some other people who are already in possession of the houses and resort to violence when we try to enter our houses. They claim to be aides of local politicians,” Indira, a beneficiary protesting at GHMC head office, said.

The group also met GHMC commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar on Monday. GHMC officials said they had handed over the keys to the correct beneficiaries.

“We had handed over keys as per records, but the beneficiaries are saying that the houses have been occupied when they locked their homes. Instances of violence were also reported, we are waiting for orders,” GHMC officer on special duty (housing) Suresh Kumar said.

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