HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is leaving no stone unturned for generating revenues. It has decided to dispose of confiscated scrap, which has piled up for over five years. These include seized illegal hoardings, flexies and banners dumped at the warehouse beneath Begumpet flyover.
Though GHMC generally ignores illegal hoardings, officials claim they have been strictly implementing Public Properties Defacement Act. In early 2018, the corporation had identified 333 unauthorised hoardings. After a special drive during the same year, it removed over 20,000 illegal hoardings apart from 2,600 which were legal but violated norms.
According to GHMC officials, corporation has removed illegal hoardings, flexies and banners, thereby earning Rs. 4.61 crore through penalties from March 31, 2018 to September 19, 2020. During Assembly polls, the civic body pulled down 50,000 hoardings in a matter of few weeks. All this scrap has landed at the Begumpet warehouse.
GHMC’s advertisement wing has decided to clear all confiscated scrap after floating a tender. A decision on who will lift the scrap will be taken up by a panel headed by additional commissioner (advertisement) Viswajit Kampati on behalf of GHMC commissioner D. S. Lokesh Kumar.
An advertisement wing official said the corporation has not quantified the scrap. However, he said the agency that quotes the highest per kg price will be shortlisted. GHMC has sought Rs. 2.5 lakh earnest money and security deposit to participate in the tender. Each bidder will survey the scrap and make an independent evaluation. Bidders are free to visit the godown to estimate the quantity of scrap.
The period of contract will be three months from issue of the work order. If the bidder does not take away all the scrap, action will be taken against the agency as per a decision taken by higher authorities.