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Builders : Hyderabad Collector told to lead disaster management plan

City civil court of hyderbad

Builders : The bench was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Khaja Aijazuddin who questioned the lethargic attitude of the officials in allowing the 45-day long exhibition without insisting on fire safety norms

A two-judge bench of the Telangana High Court, comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice A Rajasekhara Reddy, on Wednesday directed the Hyderabad District Collector to take control as the competent authority for averting and handling disasters and directed him to be present in the court to assist the court in arriving at a fool-proof disaster management plan in respect of holding exhibition (Numaish) at Nampally Exhibition Grounds from next year onwards.

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The bench was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Khaja Aijazuddin who questioned the lethargic attitude of the officials in allowing the 45-day long exhibition without insisting on fire safety norms. The bench directed the District Collector to convene a joint conference with officials of various departments like police, fire, electricity, pollution control board and GHMC. It further directed the Collector to elicit the views of the various departments and then prepare a comprehensive report. The bench granted two weeks to the Collector to convene the meeting and place before the court the comprehensive report.

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The same bench came down heavily on two builders who were raising illegal structures near Charminar for misleading courts and suppressing facts. The bench directed the Registrar General to obtain the record pertaining to an injunction order issued by a civil court in Hyderabad. The case is in connection with construction work at Gulzar House near Charminar. The said order was being shown as a pretext to perpetrate an illegality. The bench was hearing a public interest petition filed by Om Prakash Soni of old city seeking stringent action against the persons who resorted to illegal constructions in Gulzar House, which is a heritage structure.

According to the petitioner, two businessmen Vinay Kumar and Utkarsh Agarwal, both residents of Gulzar House area, were raising illegal structures there. When the GHMC officials stopped them and issued notices, they approached the City Civil Court that granted an injunction order. But, the petitioner contended that the builders used this injunction order as a pretext to complete their illegal structures. The GHMC officials maintained tacit silence though they knew what an injunction or status quo meant, he said.

Chief Justice Radhakrishnan observed that both the individuals suppressed facts. The bench was also sceptical about the role of GHMC officials. It wanted to know from the GHMC as to why its officials remained mute spectators even when the two individuals were completing their illegal structure. It would examine the record of the civil court.

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