Businesses uncertain about compensation and completion of bridge work
The biggest traffic bottleneck, Lakdikapul awaits the completion of the parallel bridge.
While the GHMC claims to have cleared properties for ‘approach roads’, the properties on Masab Tank are yet to be acquired. A few owners were invited to the GHMC office but nothing was decided on compensation. Big businesses close to the upcoming roads are equally clueless. According to businessmen, the GHMC paid a market value of Rs.40,000 to Rs.50,000 per sq yard for the area where Harsha Hotel once stood. While hotel Lucky received only Rs.15,000 per sq yard!
Markings for the Masab Tank road were made one-and-a-half months ago and the businessmen are making sure that they do not lose much. “I am ready to give 15 feet, but the GHMC is asking for 21. This would hurt me,” says Syed Agha Asadullah, a hotel owner.
A few hotel owners are yet to get a clear idea of the impact. “Earlier planning officials assured us that no damage will be done, but we do not have any idea about the latest developments,” clarified MA Hadi, manager, Royal Residency Hotel. Loss of parking space is another worry.A senior police official admits the department is yet to figure out routing of traffic from the collectorate towards Mehdipatnam.
Despite uncertainties, the GHMC is confident that the bridge will be completed in two months and properties for road widening will be acquired in four months. “Everything will be completed within three to four months,” assured K Dhananjaya Reddy, additional commissioner planning.