Hyderabad: Owners of businesses in Sultan Bazaar have been served notices that 5 to 10 feet of their structures would be demolished as work on the Hyderabad Metro Rail begins in the area.
The owners have been told that they will be compensated for their properties. Soil testing works have been carried out at three sites where the Metro Rail pillar works will be taken up. A total of 10 pillars will be built in Sultan Bazaar.
Mr Govind Rathi of Sultan Bazaar Traders Joint Action committee said the owners and traders were happy that they were not losing a large area of their properties. “Everyone has agreed to the set back of 5 to 10 feet. There are 120 properties and the work is going on smoothly,” he said.
The 40-feet Sultan Bazaar road is being widened to 65 feet as against the original plan of 100 feet. A senior Metro rail official said, “The people are co-operating but we are carrying out most of the work only at night. Being a major business hub, the schedules have been worked out in such a manner that machines are brought at night where there can be no traffic problems.”
The hawkers are continuing to operate from the pavements but have been assured that that they will be rehabilitated. The Sultan Bazaar Metro complex is also being built where those who will lose a larger area will be relocated....