The Telangana High Court has accorded a green signal to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to go ahead with road expansion and construction of a separate steel bridge to ease traffic at the busy Panjagutta Hindu graveyard area.
Agreeing with the state’s contention that since traffic is minimal now on account of the ongoing lockdown, the authorities should be allowed to quickly complete the task, the bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy directed the GHMC to remove the existing hoardings in the area that stood in the way of this proposed road expansion and steel bridge work.
The bench heard the objections raised by the organizers of hoardings whose license period ended on March 31.
Advocate General BS Prasad said, “The traffic is getting blocked at the graveyard and the officials have proposed to build a dedicated steel bridge separately straight into the graveyard as it would ease the traffic woes in the area. There cannot be any better time to do so as traffic is almost nil now and it would be easy for the GHMC to quickly erect the bridge and to expand the road there. The bench said that larger public interest would prevail over individual rights.”
However, it said that GHMC should ensure that the hoardings are safely removed and kept so that the owners can use them if the GHMC allots them any alternative space to install their hoardings.
Source: The Times of India, Hyderabad