Survey to be conducted on shifting Bholakpur units

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Hyderabad: At last, things have started to fall in place for relocation of skin and hide traders in Bholakpur with Animal Husbandry directing the Telangana State Sheep and Goat Development Cooperative Federation Limited to conduct a survey and earmark five acres of land at the Chengicherla abattoir.

The relocation of skin and hide traders in Bholakpur has been a long-pending issue. In all, there are 533 outlets, including 107 tanneries, 183 iron and plastic outlets, 123 plastic scrap shops, 120 iron scrap outlets operating in Bholakpur for decades.

These outlets have found to be causing pollution as the untreated water from the tanneries gets released into the nalas. And there have been instances when a few people died due to water contamination in the past. Lok Ayukta had directed Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to relocate all the tanneries and scrap outlets from Bholakpur to elsewhere on the city fringes.

For years, the civic body has been struggling to relocate the units, especially tanneries operating in Bholakpur to outside the city.

To this effect, the GHMC had constituted a committee involving officials from various departments to identify suitable site among the 15 locations owned by Telangana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation.

The civic body had earlier wanted to relocate the units to Rampally village in Keesara mandal but with GAIL opposing the plan, citing underground pipelines in the area, the proposal was shelved.

Now, efforts are being made to relocate the tanneries units to Chengicherla abattoir and iron and plastic units to other location, probably in Edulabad, Ghatkesar mandal, said GHMC Chief Veterinary Officer P Venkateshwar Reddy.