UNPLANNED GROWTH IN HYDERABAD IS A MATTER OF GREAT CONCERN
Hyderabad city is indeed on the edge, with unplanned developments and no concern for environment, the city is pushed to the limits of jeopardy. Construction work rampant everywhere, dug up roads, it seems the city is paying price for its new façade lift. These matters cannot be ignored for the interests of the city. The matter emerged recently when one of the hoardings in cities busiest locations came down killing one and injuring others. The chief Justice of AP High Court has termed the Hyderabad Central Mall as the black spot of the city. Situated at prime location Punjagutta Crossroads, it is major destination of entertainment seekers and shoppers and much popular hang out place. Traffic congestion has substantially increased in this area. Most of them feel that the mall is developed at the most inappropriate place. Much of the investment is pumped, it is too late to shift or dismantle the existing magnanimous structure, as it is practically impossible at this stage. Most of the people find lack of administration. Hoardings erected at private property springing out on public roads have become a threat to public. Moreover, the materials that are used for these huge billboards are of substandard quality, the recent accident near ice-cream parlor where the hoarding came crashing down, tells the story. Another Multiplex Prasad’s Imax and Eat Street near Necklace Road are also generating matters of controversy. Both of these located near city’s 450 yrs old heritage Hussain Sagar Lake has become a threat to the lake. Most of the filth and garbage is dumped is into it, thus polluting it. Owing to irregularities the environment monitoring committee set up by the supreme court has recommended the multiplex to be converted into a children’s museum and to demolish eat street. The civic authorities are turning a blind eye to these existing problems and embarking on other similar projects.
An existing example is the mall coming near KBR Park and Jubilee Hills check post. The land auctioned by HUDA was aware with the chaos and congestion it will create in this place. Banjara Hills another significant place and hot spot of city is known for its embodiment of unplanned growth. With malls and commercial places springing up, the flora and fauna of this place is disappearing. These high-rise humongous structures are not properly equipped with enough safety devices, in case an emergency broke out. Most of them do not have fire clearances. The Municipal authorities have listed 280 high-rise without fire clearances. The civic authorities are also responsible to these matters of environmental concerns. The picturesque Deccan Plateau is being blasted for road widening and real estates. Ages old magnificent rocks are blown, in the name of building a new metropolis. This beautiful plateau of Nizam’s is losing its originality and becoming unsightly, resulting to changes in the character and geography of the city. Greenery and water bodies are becoming extinct altering the city horrendously. The authorities are responsible for this while the negligence of the citizen could not be avoided. When these structure are dismantled not even a handful of people are ready to protest. The Forum for Better Hyderabad, the city’s citizen group remained quiet when the land at Jubilee Hills was being auctioned only to moan later. The TURUGA foundation set to save greenery still needs to put much effort in the work together, for which they stood for.