Hyderabad: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a joint committee to inspect alleged indiscriminate permission being granted by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) to a construction agency to build building complexes on a nala between Kotha Cheruvu and Bandamkommu Lake in Ameenpur.

The committee will comprise Sangareddy district collector, superintending engineer of irrigation department, and a senior official from Lake Protection Committee, Hyderabad.

The complainant, Human rights Consumer Protection Cell, had alleged that due to encroachments into the water bodies and nalas, Hyderabad is facing floods and yet in spite of this, the authorities have not learned any lessons and continues to grant illegal permission.

It was also alleged that the builder, Vemulawada Kumar Swamy and Lalitha Constructions, has blocked the water path between Kotha Cheruvu and Bandamkommu Cheruvu with construction materials. This caused nearby colonies like RR Homes, Green Villas, and Krishna Brundhavan Colony to be submerged during the recent rains, the complainant said.

On Sunday, the NGT directed the joint committee to ascertain whether there was any encroachment into the water bodies or nalas and if any construction is obstructing the flow of water in the nala. It also asked the committee to find out whether any construction activity undertaken by Vemulawada Kumar Swamy and Lalitha Constructions have obstructed nalas and other canals.

"If there is any damage caused to the environment, the committee is directed to assess the environmental compensation and also the remedial measures for restoring the nalas and assess the damages caused to the environment on account of the same and arrive at cost of restoration," ordered NGT.

The committee has also been directed to take appropriate immediate action, if any required, in accordance with law, if any violations are noticed. The NGT directed the committee to submit a report on or before 30 September.

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