Hyderabad: As the designer tiled sidewalks/footpaths, service roads, parking areas etc., being developed by HMRL in the Metro Rail corridors are getting encroached upon and misused by some shopkeepers, vendors and hawkers an encroachment removal drive was undertaken by HMRL during the last three days.
Over 20 permanent structures including steps, walls, railings etc., constructed by some shopkeepers; 300 temporary structures such as pan dabbas, kiosks and tea stalls; 130 temporary stalls;
and 300 hoardings which are obstructing free movement of pedestrians have been removed in the demolition drive in Malakpet / LB Nagar stretch of Metro Rail corridor-I, stated HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy.
Inspecting the demolished structures and encroachment removal today (Sunday), the MD instructed HMRL engineers to create more parking places in the retrieved open spaces and provide safety railings and bollards to the newly laid footpaths wherever required to prevent encroachments.
NVS Reddy has also warned the shopkeepers and the vendors who are encroaching public spaces that strict action will be taken against those who occupy the footpaths and the service roads. (INN)