Illegal Buildings on Govt. Land Demolished in Gopanpally

Civic authorities of Hyderabad razed 43 illegally constructed buildings at Gopanpally tanda near Tellapur. The demolition drive was done by radial roads division of the Roads & Buildings Department to clear path for construction of six radial roads in the area. The authorities carried out the demolition under the tight security of 150 policemen assigned from 6 different police stations that fall under the Cyberabad police limits.

The residents & traders who were inhabiting these illegally constructed structures created a tense atmosphere by agitation against the demolition when around 12 earth movers & diggers reached the areas marked for demolition. The locals residing in the area claimed that the civic body had not notified them about the demolition process with many losing their houses & business outlets. A private hospital was also razed during the demolition, medical pharmacies, grocery shops, couple of residential & commercial structures, showrooms and beauty parlour were also amongst the demolished properties.

The police personnel ensured that no untoward accident or mishap occurred during the demolition of these 43 structures which were built-up illegally on government land. The total area of the population is estimated to be around 5,000 in number and civic authorities many of the residents had migrated from Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh. Civic authorities statement said that the illegal structures were demolished according to government orders as they were built illegally on government land and appropriate compensation had already been announced for the affected parties.

The affected residents of the demolished properties protested while complaining the compensation in itself is not sufficient for damage suffered in lakhs of rupees. Another 15 properties which are built on private land will also be acquired by providing the right amount of compensation, for the radial roads project. A 2-lane flyover has already been proposed to connect Gopanpally tanda to Tellapur & Outer Ring Road which could ease travel for 1.5 lakh commuters on a daily basis, the project will cost the state government around ₹11 crores and it has been delayed repeatedly due to issues regarding land acquisiton.