Corruption levels have hit an all-time high in certain divisions under GHMC, thanks to the corrupt behavior of some corporators in using their authority for illegal activities. It has been noticed that the corporators use Enforcement and Town Planning officials for their illegal activities.
In fact, a surprising majority of corporators in 150 GHMC divisions face such charges. It is being alleged that the corporators extort money for house construction activities through party workers. Corporators in Musheerabad, Amberpet, Kukatpally, Limgampally, LB Nagar, Sanath Nagar, and Uppal assembly constituencies are facing serious charges and complaints against corporators from Jubilee Hills, Rajendranagar, and Malakpet areas have been pouring in.
In one such incident, the construction of a government project under the Sanath Nagar assembly constituency was stopped last year. It was said that while one of the corporators received a commission with regards to the expansion of a nala, another corporator did not, which led them to stall the development project.
It is being said that the builders and house owners are kept under the radar through a network of informants. In case they fail to pay the extortion amount, Town Planning and Enforcement officials stop the construction activity. The activity is resumed once the amount is paid. Locals in the above-mentioned divisions complain that houses constructed on 100 yards or less are also not being spared from extortion.
The corporators are not sparing the cart pullers and footpath traders as they extort weekly and monthly money through their party workers or close relatives who are under pressure to complete a set target. In case money is not paid, water and drainage connections are stopped forcing people to shell out hard-earned money.
It is also being alleged that civic officials are hand in glove with the corporators who are fleecing money in the name of settlement and compromise.