The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is having trouble implementing the Transfer Development Rights (TDR) scheme for road widening projects. The TDR scheme compensates property owners affected by road widening programmes in the form of building an extra floor in their proposed structure instead of receiving compensation for their affected properties. However, property owners are not aware of this scheme and prefer compensation instead. This is causing delays in executing road widening projects, especially in the Rajendranagar circle where several programmes are pending.
In well-developed areas, builders are searching for property owners willing to sell their TDRs, which allows them to build extra floors in their buildings. However, the response to the GHMC TDR scheme is low in congested areas compared to developing enclaves.
The TDR scheme grants 400 square yards of TDR in lieu of 100 yards of land acquisition under the road widening programme. It also helps secure occupancy certificates from the GHMC. Presently, several projects are grounded in Rajendranagar, including the Zoo Park-Aram Ghar Grade Separator and Foot Over Bridge at Odam Gadda Railway Halt. Approximately 76 properties have been identified for road widening from Mir Alam Filter to Aram Ghar stretch, of which 25 properties have been cleared under the land acquisition process. The process of acquiring properties affected by road widening projects is ongoing.