A building being demolished in Shyam Lal Colony in Begumpet is proving to be a matter of concern for the residents around the site.
‘Better safe than sorry’ is a popular adage. But it looks like the GHMC follows it the other way around. One of the plots in Shyam Lal Colony, Begumpet is being demolished and reconstructed. This work is not being done in a legitimate manner and is causing inconvenience to the residents.
The house which is being demolished lies between Bhandari apartments and Surya mansion. These apartments are built on a slope and during the process of demolishing the existing building, the workers broke down the boundaries of the neighbouring buildings too. The builders did not build or lay any protection until one of the workers fell into the pit two days back.
The pit, which is at the boundary of both the buildings has been broken down by the workers. “He fell into the pit and was rushed to the hospital,” said Raj, watchman of Bhandari residency.
Breaking of boundaries is not the only problem. The construction work is being carried out even at night.
According to the police department, carrying out construction work during the night is illegal. Despite this, the work in Shyam Lal colony is undertaken even in the night.
“I can’t keep my windows open as there is so much dust and they work round the clock. Despite complaining, they say that this is how it’s going to be for some time. They refuse to stop which in turn gives us sleepless nights,” fumes a resident.
Residents have approached the GHMC and police department but all in vain. Also the constant risk of falling in the pit is troubling them.
Suvarna U, a media professional complains, “First of all they are causing a nuisance by working during the night. Secondly, they have demolished the old buildings in such a way that our boundaries have also been broken. So many children play here. Imagine what would happen if a child falls into this pit, or the dangers that a car reversing from that area could face.” She further says that neither the police or the GHMC does anything. “There should be a regulating body to inspect the work,” she adds.
When Postnoon contacted the police department, Surya Narayana, ACP of the area said, “If the construction work is going on in the night, we can stop but breaking the neighbours boundary walls is an offence. We cannot do anything till we get court orders.”
In the last one year there have been several issues in Begumpet. Perhaps the GHMC need to draw its attention to this colony which was once their pride.
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