Nala encroachments dog authorities

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Warangal Urban: Though the monsoon is fast approaching, the removal of illegal constructions including houses on nalas in the city is going at snail’s pace. Moreover, it has become a major challenge for the authorities of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC).

Nine-months have passed since the major flooding of several localities in city due to obstructions in the nalas, but the officials have not been successful in the removal of those obstructions, mainly caused by the illegal constructions.

A senior official told Telangana Today that they were unable to execute their plans due to non-availability of the records pertaining to the actual measurements of the nalas with the survey and land records department.

“For instance, several houses were built encroaching upon the nala under Bhadrakali tank changing the course of the nala. But we are not able to take any action on those who constructed the buildings due to non-availability of the records. In view of this, we are now pondering over other options to take action against those who constructed the houses,” the official added.

According to official sources, the task force team consisting of the revenue, survey and land departments and the GWMC last year identified more than 1,000 encroachments on the nalas. But the officials said that only 140 illegal structures, including temporary sheds, compound walls and bathrooms were demolished after the survey.

Though the officials have made markings, they have not touched the major constructions due to reasons best known to them. It is said that several influential persons, including the owners of the educational institutions, had encroached upon the nalas. The nalas that were encroached upon are Waddepally, Bharakali, Bondivagu, Alankar and Rangampet nala. Warangal witnessed floods in several colonies due to 22 cm rainfall recorded in September last year.

Meanwhile, Mayor N Narender said that the removal of silt and other works would be taken up with Rs 1.27 crore in the nalas. He inspected Bhadrakalu bund, Bondivagu nala and Kothawada nalas on Wednesday.