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GHMC seeks details of CPDCL road cutting

Special Correspondent

Officials find irregularities in payment of road cutting, restoration charges


GHMC charges Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 2,000 per metre for road cutting

Officials estimate total outstanding from CPDCL at Rs. 1.5 crore


HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has sought details of the extent of road cutting taken up within its geographical limits in the last three years by the Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL).

The information has been sought in the light of CPDCL officials unearthing irregularities with regard to payment of road cutting permission/road restoration fees due to the municipal corporation in several pockets of the twin cities.

Road cutting permissions have been halted for private telecom firms and others pending laying of a common duct. Yet, the same was being allowed for government power utilities and for laying water pipelines with road cutting charges depending on the trench widths. Roughly, Rs. 1, 200 to Rs. 2,000 per metre length is charged for road cutting.

All agencies pay amounts to GHMC for road restoration works. But, what CPDCL senior officials had noticed was that in a significant extent of underground cabling works done in recent past, the amounts due to GHMC were not being paid even when road restoration charges were built into the contracts itself.

Different contractors had taken up cutting of 50 km length of road stretch with Rs. 30 lakh being spent for each kilometre, of which Rs. 11 lakh is for road cutting and restoration fee. This has not been paid with officials estimating the total amount to be as much as Rs. 1.5 crore.

Since permissions were not sought from civic authorities, municipal officials have no clue and the amount naturally has not reflected in the receipts, while road restorations were done routinely whenever complaints of bad roads are received.

Startled municipal officials decided to ask CPDCL, which had ordered a probe into the incident, to present necessary proof of road cuttings done and payments made.

“Official permission” was given for 38 km for CPDCL and about 300 km to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) in recent past and payments were also received for the same, add senior officials.

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