15 villages merged with Greater Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Despite opposition from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) council on merger of new panchayats into Greater Hyderabad, the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department on Saturday issued a notification merging 15 gram panchayats of Rangareddy district in GHMC.

A GO (407) was issued by the MA&UD department on Saturday merging Satamrai and Kothwalguda panchayats in Shamshabad mandal, Narsingi, Vattinagulapally, Neknampur, Poppalguda, Khanapur, Bandlaguda Jagir, Kismatpur, Himayatsagar, Peeranchervu and Hydershakot in Rajendranagar mandal, Nizampet in Qutubullapur, Kalwancha in Hayatnagar and Kothapeta in Saroornagar mandal.

The order said the gazette notification on the panchayats would be published on September 2, 2013. The panachayat raj and rural development department also issued a GO on Saturday denotifying the panchayats, paving way for the merger.

Initially, the MA&UD department had proposed to merge 25 panchyats, which are contiguous to Greater Hyderabad and require better infrastructure and amenities for development as the existing local bodies, gram panchayats, were not been able to cope with increasing pressure due to rapid urbanization.

The GHMC had okayed merger of 10 panchayats Satamrai, Manikonda, Narsingi, Kokapet, Poppalguda, Peeranchervu, Hydershakot, Bandlaguda Jagir, Balapur (part) and Nizampet in November 2008, but no resolution was received from the corporation on the remaining 15 panchayats.

Meanwhile, some villagers filed public interest litigations (PILs) in the AP High Court against the merger of Gandipet, Manchirrevula, Manikonda, Jillelguda, Meerpet, Balapur (part), Jawaharnagar and Dammaiguda and the court directed the MA&UD department to consider their objections and views while merging them.

The department heard objections of the panchayats and rejected them saying they were not maintainable.

The high court had disposed of all the PILs except those of Manikonda Jagir and Balapur (part) last month, and Pahadishareef gram panchayat was not considered as it was not contiguous to the present Greater Hyderabad.