While builders are flouting rules by not conducting mandatory Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) when seeking building permissions, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and other ULBs within Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority are not strict about conducting traffic studies.
Apart from massive gated communities, GHMC also issued 13,748 building permissions through TS-bPASS during the last financial year.
With permissions being given freely, small bylanes are turning into major bottlenecks. Residents across several areas such as Attapur, Erragadda, Serilingampally, Sainikpuri, Kompally, Gachibowli etc., find the approach routes to their homes choked.
“Big gated communities have already come up on this route in Sainikpuri and we are struggling with a less than 40-feet approach road,” Vishnu Prasad, a resident of Janapriya Lake Front, said.
In Tellapur, road towards Osman Nagar which is 60 feet in the master plan shrinks to less than 10 feet at the end of the stretch. “Only one car can pass at a time in this route,” said Rinku Mishra, a resident of Alien Space Station.
Srinivas Murthy, principal architect of SMG Design Inc, said, “A proper traffic management plan is a must. Civic bodies need to study carrying capacity of vehicles on roads. The situation is worse in commercial areas where buildings come up without keeping 10% parking space.” “We need an integrated approach by GHMC with all stakeholders,” Aditya Rao, managing director of SJ Constructions, said.
GHMC officials said it is mandatory for major residential projects to conduct TIAs since 2020. “There are areas where permissions were given without conducting assessment which is being rectified,” official said.