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Work yet to start on HMDA office

Staff Reporter

Building structure was planned at a cost of Rs. 100 crore


Aspiration for a complex spread over 8.5 acres site remains elusive

HMDA lacks centralised functioning, operates from different locations


HYDERABAD: It was conceived as a true green building and quite ambitiously planned as a stunning structure at a cost of Rs.100 crore.

Yet years later, the Central Office Building at Hitex, Madhapur, remains consigned to concept and drawings on paper.

The foundation stone for this complex planned as one to accommodate all the functioning of HMDA under a single roof, was laid during the tenure of the then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, but not a brick has been laid towards starting the work. “Where is that kind of money?” sighs an official.

Even as the HMDA continues without required space to centralise its own functioning and operate from different locations, the aspiration for a complex spread over 8.5 acres site continues to remain elusive.

Proposed to be constructed Platinum Rated Norms of Green Building on the site provided by the government, the complex while accommodating all the units of the Authority is to rise to 16 floors with a total built-up area of 4.50 lakh sft.

Features to be incorporated include an auditorium at the ground level and integration of an existing lake alongside the site.

From among the conceptual designs invited from agencies of national and international repute, the one submitted by Yasher Architects of Israel in November 2008 were also approved. Following this, proposals were received in response to Expression of Interest cum Request for Proposals call issued by the HMDA.

Later in July last year, an effort was also made to call on developers for development comprising HMDA Central Office, car park and mixed development of residential and commercial on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. However, even the initiative to involve private developers failed to take off leaving the whole project in the limbo.

Developers reluctant

“Given the prevailing scenario in terms of political and real estate and also the way projects related to Emaar and Maytas landed in controversy, the mood of developers clearly is not inclined for these kind of projects,” sums up an official.

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