Hyderabad: Telangana High court on Friday stayed road construction work in the HUDA enclave, Jubilee Hills.

This court passed the order after Nandagiri Hills and HUDA Residents Association filed a petition alleging that Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has encroached its parkland for road widening.

“As it is asserted in the affidavit that 300 trees have been cut for laying the road, it is directed that pending further orders, no trees shall be cut and no road shall be laid in the park area without there being a change in the master plan,” a single-judge bench of Justice Challa Kodanda Ram said in the order.

The matter has been further posted for hearing on May 11.

On April 27, residents of HUDA Enclave located in Jubilee hills noticed that land allocated for the park is being encroached and over 100 trees are being cut. After which they decided to file a petition with the High court to save their parkland.

“I think the court order was not taken seriously by the officials. In the morning we found that they were continuing the work. We informed the local police. We even went to the site and stopped the construction activities by showing them the stay order. On Monday the defence lawyer has been asked to get a revised master plan if any. We believe that the master plan was last revised in 2013,” said Phani Kodinenni, a resident and treasurer of the HUDA enclave Resident Welfare Association.

Joint Secretary of HUDA Enclave Resident Welfare Association Prasad Kandimalla said all the residents had tried different methods to stop the construction work.

“The work started around April 18. We had complained to the police. Later they started cutting trees and were working at midnight. It took us time to realize that our passive approach is not going to work and in the meantime around 300 trees were cut, so we residents decided to approach the court. On May 6, we filed a petition with the court,” he said.

Aiswarya Sriram

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