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HC cites waste rules, pauses KCR’s secretariat demolition | Hyderabad News – Times of India


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HYDERABAD: Four days after chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s pre-dawn surprise of dismantling old blocks in the secretariat, the Telangana high court on Friday stayed the ongoing operation contending that the state government had not furnished its demolition and waste disposal plan to the authorities.
Stopping the demolition till the next date (July 13) of hearing, a bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy said it was not sure if the government had obtained an approval from the local authorities before pulling down the buildings in the secretariat.
The bench said: “The state government is supposed to furnish the plan to the local authorities and obtain the approval from them before taking up demolition in tune with the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules-2016.”
Addressing advocate general BS Prasad, the bench said: “But it is not clear whether such an effort was made and whether approval was obtained. Hence, the demolition is stopped forthwith till the next date of hearing.” Posting the case to July 13, they told the AG: “Bring those documents on that day.”
Govt did not obtain approval for demolition, say petitioners
The bench gave this interim direction while hearing a petition of professor PL Vishweshwar Rao of Telangana Jana Samithi and Cheruku Sudhakar of Telangana Inti Party.
Counsel for the petitioners Chikkudu Prabhakar told the judges that Rule 4(3) of the Demolition Management Rules was violated. The rule clearly specified that the government should file an application to GHMC and TSPCB and obtain their approval before taking up any work. “No such application was filed. No approval was obtained,” he said, terming the demolition exercise as “dangerous to public health,” especially during the pandemic.
Prabhakar pointed out that the rules were applicable to every waste generator, which generates 20 tonnes of waste a day or 300 tonnes a month per project.
“The government is supposed to walk along with the local authorities so that they would take precautions to ensure that the dust generated would be subsided effectively at the generation point itself,” he argued.
Stating that the secretariat area falls within the buffer zone of Hussainsagar, the counsel cited judgments of the high court, Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal banning any constructions in the buffer zone of the lake. “In view of this, the court should not allow the government to raise a new secretariat complex there,” he said.
The judges, however, said they were more concerned about the ongoing demolition and halted the work.

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