HYDERABAD: The state government will develop its flagship double-bed room housing scheme on 5.5 acres of land belonging to the State Health Transport Organisation (SHTO). Earlier, the government had earmarked seven acres for the ambitious project.
The land row has been going on for almost a year with the medical and health department and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) locking horns over the prime property. Recently, a joint survey team inspected the site and suggested that 5.5 acres of land can be used for the housing scheme. This parcel of land does not have many structures.
Earlier, following government’s decision the principal secretary of the health, medical and family welfare department issued orders (GO MS No. 53 on 20062015) earmarking seven acres of land at Ameerpet for the housing scheme. But the employees of the SHTO objected to the decision arguing that they would have to vacate the premises if the entire land was taken over from their department. They demanded that the government earmark alternative land parcel for the state organisation.
The employees also demanded that the prime parcel of land should be utilised for creation of health services. The joint survey team, however, suggested that only 5.5 acres of land can be utilised for the housing scheme. The remaining parcel of land will be under the control of the SHTO. The area with administrative buildings and workshop will not be touched.
When TOI contacted, GHMC superintending engineer D Shiv Kumar said the joint inspection team had zeroed-in on only 5.5 acres.“The tender process for housing scheme is in progress. We will launch the work in a month,“ he said.
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