To tackle increasing illegal constructions in Hyderabad, Government is planning to start a special police station which will become the first unique cell in the country till date to exclusively tackle civic violations complaints. It will be located in Buddha Bhavan, Secunderabad and will come under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s proposed Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management Cell.
Civic officials’ estimate that about 10% constructions in the city are unauthorized and 50% have deviations from the sanctioned building plans which becomes difficult for concerned officials to tackle each case.
IPS officer Viswajeet Kampati, who will be the first director of the Cell said, “Once the new set-up is in place, first information reports (FIRs) pertaining to illegal constructions could be logged at the special police station. The Cell will begin work within a month. Since it is an autonomous body, we hope to work without any hassles.”
As per the latest data releases, Town planners claimed that since 2017, 461 unauthorised constructions and 222 canal encroachments were cleared. So, unless strong steps are taken, the city will see more encroachment with each passing day.
Greater Hyderabad mayor Bonthu Rammohan said, “About 100 police personnel, 20 for each of the five GHMC zone, will be pressed into service and will be part of the police station. Apart from police, representatives from town planning, sanitation and other departments of the GHMC will assist them. The Cell, which would have 600 employees, will monitor works pertaining to GHMC and carry out inspections.”
He further said that those involved in illegal construction, if found guilty will have to pay penalties for flouting norms. Apart from this, the police cell will also deal with the problem of waterlogging, uprooted electric poles and garbage disposal.