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Hyderabad Traders refuse to buy metro rail exemption proposal
Traders waging a legal battle against the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) find themselves caught in a dilemma over the latter's offer to 'spare' select properties in Ameerpet, Greenlands and other areas
By: Times of India/Hyderabad
In an affidavit filed before a division bench of high court, HMRL has said that 80 properties out of 544 marked for demolition in Greenlands, Ameerpet, Sarathi Studios and Krishnanagar could be left standing as part of a revision that also substantially reduces the extent of damage to other properties.
Sources said HMRL managing director NVS Reddy met some Ameerpet traders last week and assured them that their properties would be saved. He is said to have told them that HMRL could do with a road width of 85ft although the master plan had stipulated that it should be kept at 100ft.
But the traders have their doubts. "The efforts of HMRL brass are clear as they want to break our unity," said a trader in Krishnanagar. A petitioner himself, he said HMRL authorities were talking to only a select few among them. "We will not accept it if some properties are spared and others demoilshed,"
Officials at HMRL said that the meeting had been held as per court directives which wanted them to explore the possibility of having an amicable settlement.
It is leat that HMRL is undertaking a survey of the marked properties to study the likelihood of some more properties being saved from demolition to provide right of way (RoW) to the metro rail.
An affidavit was filed on April 27 in response to a directive issued by the bench headed by the chief justice hearing a HMRL petition that sought vacation of the stay imposed on work on the stretch between Ameerpet and Jubilee Hills forming part of corridor III from Nagole to Shilparamam.
A single bench headed by justice L Narasimha Reddy had stayed the works on March 16 after hearing a petition filed by the Joint Action Committee of Greenlands, Ameerpet, Madhuranagar, Yousufguda and Srikrishnanagar (GAMYS) and 20 individual traders who contended that HMRL had unilaterally changed the alignment at their expense to favour some real estate bigwigs. The hearing has been posted to July 9.
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