Twenty-two satellite townships planned to be set up around the Outer Ring Road have remained on paper three years after the erstwhile Hyderabad Urban Development Authority announced them. The reasons are said to be many: Slump in the real estate market; problems in land acquisition and widespread agitations by farmers and political parties.Efforts by the government to rope in private parties and get the townships started in the public private partnership mode also fell through, with real estate giants keeping away. The HMDA, the successor of Huda, tried its best to raise money by auctioning land but builders and developers stayed away.

The townships were planned at Medchal, Goudavelli, Dommara Pochampally, Bowrampet, Aliyapur, Sultanpur, Khardanur, Paatighanpur, Edulanagulapalli, Kollur, Balapur, Nadargul, Thorrur, Munaganuru, Kuntluru, Korremul, Rampalli, Cheryala, Dharmaram and Shamirpet. With land owners, particularly farmers, objecting to land acquisition by the HMDA, the officials announced a change in some sites. The new sites are at Mankhal, Adibatla, Raviryal, Srinagar, Turka-yamjal, Injapur, Tellapur and Gacchibowli where the government has acquired about 3,000 acres of land.

Work was supposed to start on these projects within six months after they were announced but not a brick has been set till date. The government announced that it will come up with a township policy which would propose handsome compensation to land owners, particularly farmers, from the benefits to be accrued out of township projects."The government is sitting on the policy. Unless the government announces the policy, townships cannot be started," sources said. Mr Sridhar Chitturi, officer on special duty (OSD), on the Outer Ring Road, HMDA, told this correspondent that it would be feasible to start work on townships after the new policy is announced. According to him, the policy is likely to offer land owners 50 per cent share in the benefits accruing from townships.

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