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Minutes of the 11th Meeting held on 13th January 2007 at 4.00 p.m. at “SAMATA” office premises.
Members present:

1.Mr. Deepankar Dutta
2.Ms.Sanghamitra Malik
3.Mr.O. M. Debara.
4.Mr. Rao Chelikani
5.Mr. M Veda Kumar
6.Dr. V. K. Bawa
7.Dr. M Mandal
8.Mr. Ravi
9.Mrs. Ravi
10.Ms. Kulsum Reddy
11.Rajandra Prasad (Invitee)
12.Shashi Kant Agarwal (Invitee)


The meeting was presided over by Mr. M Veda Kumar, President of the Forum.

The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 9th. December 2006 were read out and follow-up action was discussed and approved with some modification

Right to Information Act: Since no action was taken by the MCH on the letter sent to them in May, 2006 under RTI asking them for a list of Buildings constructed in the past five years deviating from the sanctioned plan and after reminders to the appellate authority, a letter was sent in December 2006 to the State Commissioner, Right to Information Act. No reply was received from the State Commissioner also. Hence Mr. Debara called on Mr. Arha the State Commissioner and requested him to take necessary action. He promised that a reply would be sent within a week. Till date no reply is forthcoming

Dr.Mandal, had sent a letter to the Chief Information Officer, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad on 24th Nov, 2006 seeking information regarding the terms and conditions on which Gandhi Medical College & The Lady Hydery Club premises were handed over to GSG group of companies for development. No reply has been received till date

Ganesh Immersion:Mr. Vedakumar initiated a discussion on water pollution caused due to immersion of big size and toxic colored Ganesh Idols. He requested everyone to join hands to help the sub-committee of Ganesh headed by Mrs.Kulsum Reddy and to involve the NGOs like APNA WATAN, COVA, Nature Clubs of various schools and Hum Sub Hindustani etc., to conduct awareness campaign much in advance before the festival. In this connection he suggested to hold a meeting with the NGOs to chalk out a plan

Residential Welfare Association:Mr. Rao Chelikani Convener Residential Welfare Association invited the members to attend the inaugural function of the formation of Federation of the Resident Welfare Association of Greater Hyderabad to be held on 28th. January 2007 from 14.30 hrs to 18.00 hrs at the Basheerbagh Press Club

HERITAGE CELL:Mr.Vedakumar, Convener, Heritage Cell appraised the members about the latest position of old Gandhi Medical College and Heritage Conservation Committee’s decision on it. He also informed that the Heritage Cell Sub-Committee met just before the monthly meeting at “Samatha”. and informed the issues discussed and decision taken. The sub-committee felt that the Private developer is violating HUDA Rules and Government must involve itself to protect Heritage Buildings and Heritage precincts of such stature. Hence, it was decided to raise this issue with Heritage Conservation Committee by sending a letter. Mrs.Sangamitra Malik felt that apart from the violation which has already taken place in regards to the Heritage building of Old Gandhi Medical College there is also a violation of MCH Rules. Heritage Cell felt that no construction of structure should be in the Old Gandhi Medical College premises and to keep it as an open space.

Further he informed the members about MCH’s claim that they are widening the roads according to the Heritage Conservation Committee-2002 Sanctions. Heritage Cell wants to appeal to Heritage Conservation Committee to inspect Laad Bazar again to check whether the widening is happening as per Heritage Conservation Committee-2002 Sanctions. Otherwise Heritage Cell felt that it has to be dealt with by filing a PIL. Heritage Cell also felt that lot of Heritage Buildings are under threat at Metti-Ka-Shehar Road.

Mr.Vedakumar also informed the members that INTACH is going to undertake 2 projects like listing of ADDITIONAL HERITAGE BUILDINGS in Heritage Urban Agglomeration and prepare a HERITAGE MAP in HUDA area for which Mr.M.Vedakumar has been assigned the responsibility to prepare a project proposal and to execute it. Dr.M.Mandal, the Sub Committee member of the above project informed the members that Heritage Cell felt happy to support this project and the same was informed to the members. The Project has to be completed within six months; Mr.Vedakumar said they have to involve Conservation Architects and the three Architectural Schools from Hyderabad

Traffic/ Transportation & Air Pollution:Mr.Deepankar Dutta read out the report of the Traffic/ Transportation & Air Pollution Committee. After discussing on the matter it was felt that the existing MMTS service, can be further, upgraded and increased and also can be extended to the uncovered areas as per phase II of the original plan. Apart from this there should be a common ticket for MMTS and RTC. The bus service from the MMTS stations to other locations should be improved. Separate bus-parking bays are to be provided. Our idea of proposing BRTS, would be a better and cheaper alternate to MRTS.

Musi River Pilot Project:Mr.Vedakumar, Co-coordinator, Musi Conservation Study Pilot Project informed the members about the Progress of the Musi Pilot Project and also informed that, under a series of workshops the “Farmers Workshop” was held successfully on 24th Dec, 2006 from 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Edulabad in association with CHATRI . The connected Government Official, Members and conveners of Forum For A Better Hyderabad were invited. Capt.J.Rama Rao, Chairman, FBH chaired the Workshop.

Also he informed that the 4th and Final Workshop which will be a “Round Table on Perspectives on conserving MUSI River: Technical & Institutional issues" has been planned it on 16th January 2007. Subsequently the information has been sent to the connected Govt. departments, NGOS, Stakeholders and members of the FBH by letters and by e-mails. Also informed that the Sub committee of Musi comprising Mr.M.H.Rao, Mr.Debara and Mr.M.Vedakumar met at Mr.M.H.Rao’s office and reviewed the progress and decided to submit the report by the end of January 2007

Pollution Control: In the several meetings held on Save Musi project the participants brought out the point that instead of dumping pollutants into the river Musi and then trying to treat it they should work towards Zero discharge of effluent into the river. The Pollution Control Board should be asked to take stringent action against those who are polluting the river.

Dr. V.K. Bawa informed the gathering that the first News Letter is proposed to be released on the 26th. January 2007 and invited reports from the conveners of various committees, as well as interesting articles from other members.

The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 10th February,2007
at 4.00 p.m.
At Flat No.302,“CAPITOL”,
Pavani Estates, 6-2-976,
Khairtabad,
Hyderabad – 500 004.
Tel. No. 30609136.
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Minutes of the 10 th Meeting held on 9 th December, 2006 at 4.00 p.m. at "SAMATA" office premises.

Members present:
1.Mr.M.H.Rao
2.Mr. Dipankar Datta
3.Ms.Sanghamitra Malik
4.Mr.O. M. Debara.
5.Mr. Rao Chelikani
6.Capt. Manohar Sharma
7.Mr. M Veda Kumar
8.Dr. V. K. Bawa
9.Mr. Umesh P
10.Mr. B Nokaraju (SAMATA)


The meeting was presided over by Mr. M Veda Kumar, President of the Forum.

After the meeting was called to order Mr. Dipankar Datta introduced Mr. B Nokaraju who is working for “Samata” to those present and requested that he be made a member of the Forum. It was accepted.

Later on Mr. Debara asked the members to ratify the membership of Mr. P Umesh in the Forum as this was not recorded in the minutes earlier. It was accepted by all present.

The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 11th. November 2006 were read out and follow-up action was discussed and approved with some modification.
Right to Information Act: Mr. Debara informed the gathering that Dr. M. Mandal had applied in the month of May, 2006 to the MCH on behalf of the Forum asking them for a list of Buildings constructed in the past five years deviating from the sanctioned plan. In spite of several reminders and later appealing to the appellate authority we have received no reply. Hence a letter has been sent to State Commissioner, Right to Information Act.

Dr.M.Mandal, has also written a letter to the Chief Information Officer, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad on 24th Nov, 2006 seeking information regarding the terms and conditions on which Gandhi Medical College & The Lady Hydery Club premises were handed over to GSG group of companies for development and other matters

Urban Planning Management :Dr. Bawa informed the gathering that he along with Mr. Debara had met our Lawyer Mr. Murty and briefed him of our intention to implead in the PIL on "High Rise building being a death trap as fire safety norms are being violated" in which the Director General, AP Fire Services is a party. Mr. Murty has asked us to provide him some more data

Ganesh Immersion:M/s.Sanghamita Malik was requested by the members to request M/s. Kulsum Reddy, Convener of the Ganesh Immersion to take up the matter at the earliest with regards to size, use of colour, use of material and de-centralized immersion with Idol manufacturers, Pandal Organizers, Ganesh Utsav Committee

Musi River Pilot Project :Mr.Vedakumar.M,informed the gathering that a pre-workshop on" Perspectives on conservating MUSI River: technical & institutional issues" was held on 30 th . November 2006 at JNTU SPA. Experts from different fields and people residing along the river MUSI attended the meet

Mr.M.Vedakumar, co-coordinator, MCSPP (Musi Conservation Study Pilot Project) presented the developments on MCSPP. The team consists of CHATRI, GAMANA, along with him and the Technical Team had field trips to ascertain first hand information. The first trip was a visit to Edulabad, in Ghatkesar Mandal on 12 th Nov, 2006. The second visit was "Walk along Musi river banks" from Chaderghat to Amberpet on 24 th Nov, 2006. The 3 rd visit was to "a slum on the banks of Musi River, near Musalambad, Jagjivan Ram Nagar and Dwarakapuri" on 8 th Dec, 2006. The information collected from these field visits and from workshops and technical data are being processed. The progress about MCSPP has been informed to the Forum members by e-mail time to time

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: M/s.Sanghamita Malik, Convener, Solid Waste Management, informed the gathering that “if ladies, servants and representatives of colonies are educated on segregation of Wet & Dry waste prior to putting it in two separate garbage bins it would reduce the workload on MCH.” It was also suggested that two different colored bags be used to identify the wet & dry waste.
Mr.Umesh pointed out that in Suryapet a rickshaw comes to collect the waste. The wet waste is put inside the rickshaw and the dry waste is put in a bag hooked onto the outside of the rickshaw.

It was suggested that we should have a dustbin free locality and a person should come daily to collect the dry waste and the wet waste should be collected twice a week. This will ensure that the waste is segregated.

Mr.Debara pointed out that rag pickers were being used by the MCH to do this in his locality. The members were briefed how hospital (Bio-medical) waste is collected in four different colored bags. They are burnt and the ash is used as land fill.
Capt.Manohar Sharma pointed out that in his locality rag pickers were not allowed as there have been one or two murders and theft in his locality. A separate meeting would be held to find a solution. It was suggested that the Ex. Municipal Commissioner of Suryapet be invited and his suggestions should be implemented in one of the locality as a model.
Sri.M.Vedakumar mentioned that he has done a live project on requirement of Solid Waste Management at Tirupathi.


HERITAGE CELL: Sri.M.Vedakumar, Convener, Heritage Cell appraised the members that he along with Dr.Mandal, Mr.Debara Dr.V.K.Bawa, M/s.Sanghamita Malik and Sri.Burgula Narsinga Rao visited old Gandhi Medical College & Lady Hydery Club premises on 22nd November, 2006. They noted the damage to the Gandhi Medical college & Lady Hydery Club building caused by demolition work being carried out in surrounding areas.
Later on the team visited Lad Bazar and noticed similar damages to Heritage valued mulgies which were demolished for road widening activities.
The findings of the above team were put in a letter which was submitted to Mr.Jayesh Ranjan, VC & MD, HUDA with copies to the concerned departments i.e. to Chairman, Heritage Conservation Committee, HUDA.; Commissioner, MCH; Collector, Hyderabad Dist. and Convener, INTACH A.P. Chapter on 24th Nov, 2006.

As a result the Heritage Conservation Committee invited the Forum representatives to meet them on 30th Nov, 2006. Dr.V.K.Bawa and Mr.Debara have attended the meeting and expressed Forum’s resentment on damage being caused to Heritage buildings situated in old Gandhi Medical College and Laad Bazaar.Later a detailed note on demolition with photographs and newspaper clippings of heritage structures damaged has been submitted to Mr.G.P.Rao, Chairman, HCC for necessary action by marking copies to Principal Secretary, MA & UD Dept., Govt. of A.P, Hyd., Vice Chairman, HUDA, Hyd., Commissioner, MCH, Hyd., Collector, Hyderabad Dist., Hyderabad, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Member Secretary, A.P.P.C.B, Hyd.

Traffic/ Transportation & Air Pollution: Mr.Dipankar Datta read out the report of the Traffic/ Transportation & Air Pollution Committee. It was suggested that we invite Mr. A.K.Khan Additional Commissioner of Police Traffic for the next Forum meeting and brief him with our proposals and get his views of how the Forum could be of help to his department. Sri.M.Vedakumar said that Mr.K.Picchi Reddy, Retd, Superintending Engineer (R&B) is willing to attend issues on Traffic and Transportation taken up by FBH.

Residential Welfare Association: Mr.Chelikani Rao Convener Residential Welfare Association invited the members to a Workshop Cum Exhibition on Energy Conservation Programme – 2006 organized by Energy Conservation Mission; Non-Conventional Energy Development
Corporation of A.P. Ltd; Forum for a Better Hyderabad & Builders Forum on 15th. December 2006.
The members requested to inform M/s. Farida Tampal, director of WWF to brief them on The Save Tiger Project and the method adopted in the latest tiger census with its advantages & disadvantages.

WEBSITE:Mr.Vedakumar informed that the website has been updated with all the activities undertaken by various subcommittees of Forum. He requested the members to send the data to be put on the website by the first and last week of respective month. Further he requested the members to browse through the website and give suggestions to present a quality and resourceful site.

Dr.V.K.Bawa informed the gathering that he was ready to bear the administration cost of bringing out the Forums News Letter for the next Six months and that the cost of printing should be born by the Forum.It was agreed that the first News Letter would be released on the 26th. January 2007. It is decided that the sub-committee comprising of Sri.M.H.Rao, Sri.M.Vedakumar, Mr.Debara, Dr.V.K.Bawa and Sri.P.N.Rao will meet and take required decisions time to time and inform the members in the monthly meeting

The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 13th January, 2007 at 4.00 p.m. at Samatha Office
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Minutes of the 1st meeting in 2006 held on 17th December at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present

1. Sri. M. H. Rao
2, Sri. P. Rajashekar Reddy
3. Sri. O.M. Debra
4. Sri. M. Veda Kumar
5. Dr. V. K. Bawa
6. Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Today’s meeting was presided over by Sri. M. H. Rao, Vice-President.

The minutes of the 12th meeting were approved.

Dr. V. K. Bawa, Convener Urban Development --- suggested that in future minutes could be presented under individual groups with the coordinators initiating the discussion. This was agreed, as this procedure was followed in the past too.

A casual reply was received from VC/HUDA in response to a letter addressed by M.H.Rao, Convener Musi on Musi under RTI Act. Sri. M. Veda Kumar, President & Dr. M. Mandal have written several letters on tree cutting and other aspects to Commissioner/MCH and additional commissioner/Appellate authority but there was no response from either of them so far.

Members enquired what happened with reference to the item “Members were briefed on the PCB’s action initiative on Rock Garden and Food Courts around Hussain Sagar with reference to consent order violations. PCB has given one-month time to clear all the violations”. Dr. S. J. Reddy informed the members that it would be known at the next legal hearing.

With reference to building norms violations on 10 buildings, Sri. O. M. Debra sent several letters for information under RTI Act but so far there was no response from MCH.

Dr. S. J. Reddy convener Urban Transportation & Traffic --briefed the members on the comments sent by him to Chief Secretary with copies to Commissioner/MCH & VC/HUDA on “Action Plan for Traffic & Transportation Management in Hyderabad Metropolitan Area prepared by the committee headed by Sri. A. Raghotham Rao, Special Chief Secretary, and the same were submitted to the Hon’ble High Court”.

Dr. S. J. Reddy, General Secretary, brought to the notice of members on the news report [17.1.2006] of State Government’s proposal of “Hyderabad Metro Development Authority”. Members expressed the need to have such an authority but expressed that this needs to be discussed in detail at a separate meeting. Also, members expressed to invite some technical people for this special meeting [date and venue – SAMATA or M. H. Rao’s office-- for this meeting will be communicated later] and in this connection members are asked to send names of such people to Sri. M. Veda Kumar, President.

Dr. S. J. Reddy, Convener Urban Lakes & Water Bodies brought to the notice of members on the filling the Hussain Sagar Lake with filth as reported in the Eenadu (17 Jan. 2006). He also brought to the notice of a report appeared in Vaartha (17.1.2006) on Noormahammed Kunta, in which it was presented that some are bringing pressure to fill the kunta to retain the industries in this area

With reference to Yahoogroup on TRI monitoring proposed by Chilekani Rao mail addressed to Dr. M. Mandal, Convener RTI, the members agreed that Dr. M. Mandal could participate in this group.

Members were briefed on the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee/Local Area Environment Committee initiative on Environmental Auditing at few selected industries in 5 regions around Hyderabad.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 11th February 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office

 
Minutes of the 9th Meeting held on 11th November, 2006
at 4.00 p.m. at “Samatha” office premises
Members present:

1.Mr.M.H.Rao
2.Mr. Dipankar Datta
3.Dr.M.Mandal
4.Ms.Sangamitra Malik
5.Ms. Kulsum Reddy
6.Mr.O. M. Debara.
7.Mr. Rao Chelikani
8.Mr. R. K. Sinha
9.Ms. Farida Tampal
10.Capt. Manohar Sharma
11.Mr. K. Prabhakar ( on behalf of Mr. M Veda Kumar)

The meeting was presided over by Mr. M. H. Rao, Vice. President of the Forum.

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. M Veda Kumar as per his request as he was out of the country on a trip to Iran and to Dr. V. K. Bawa who was out of station.

After the meeting was called to order Dr.M.Mandal introduced Capt. Mahohar Sharma to those present and requested that he be made a member of the Forum. It was accepted.

Later on the arrival of Ms. Farida Tampal she was introduced to those present by Mr. M. H. Rao and he requested that she be made a member of the Forum. It was accepted by all present.

The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 14th. October 2006 were read out and follow-up action was discussed and approved with some modification.

Right to Information Act: Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao the convener of Parks and Open Space has written a letter to the concerned department under copy to the Chief Secretary regarding the trees that have been cut at Begumpet near the Hyderabad Public School, without taking permission under the Tree Act
The gathering was informed that information under “Right to Information Act” was being given to individuals and not to a registered body. Mr. Rao Chelikani informed that action was initiated in this matter.

Dr.M.Mandal, informed that the MCH Commissioner had acknowledged the suggestions given on the road widening work at Begumpet. They have now installed Street lights on the road outside HPS, Begumpet.

Based on a write-up in the newspapers by the Director General, AP Fire Services regarding High Rise building being a death trap as fire safety norms have been violated; the High Court has taken it as a PIL. The Sub- Committee on Urban Development suggested that the Forum impedes itself in this case. The members have agreed to the proposal.

Ganesh Immersion: It was decided that Ms. Kulsum Reddy would be the Convener of the Ganesh Immersion committee and the Forum along with like minded NGO’s (CHATRI; COVA; GAMANA), MCH and PCB will take up the matter regards to size, use of colour, use of material and de-centralized immersion with Idol manufacturers, Pandal Organizers, Ganesh Utsav Committee well in advance of the next immersion.

Musi River Pilot Project: Mr. Prabhakar who attended the meeting on behalf of Mr.Vedakumar, informed the gathering that Musi Pilot Project was progressing smoothly and the team is optimistic to complete the assigned work well within the time schedule

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: Ms.Sangamitra Malik, Convener, Solid Waste Management, informed that the report of M/s. Ajanta Perera who is advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka on Solid Waste Management who was in Hyderabad on Sunday 10th. September 2006 to study Solid waste management has been put on our website.
It was suggested that representatives of colonies be educated on segregation of waste prior to putting it in the garbage bins to reduce the workload on MCH.

Traffic/ Transportation & Air Pollution: The members felt that since we have now obtained a list of roads to be widened a letter be sent to the respected authorities suggesting Pedestrian crossing / Lighting / road marking for cyclist etc.

Residential Welfare Association: Mr.Chelikani Rao explained to the gathering achievements of Residential Welfare Association and said the need of the hour is:

1.Bi-lateral relationship with others
2.Formation of a State level federation
3.Making the federation a registered body.

M/s. Farida Tampal, director of WWF briefed the gathering about the Save Tiger Project, method adopted in the latest tiger sensor. On a question by the members why should we spend such a huge amount for saving the Tigers she explained in great details the importance of each species of wildlife. It was suggested that a statement on behalf of the Forum be released on Protection of Tigers.

The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 9th December, 2006 at 4.00 p.m. at Samatha Office.
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Minutes of the 9th Meeting held on 14th October, 2006 at 4.30 p.m. at “Samatha” office premises.
Members present:

1. Mr .M.Veda Kumar
2. Mr.M.H.Rao
3. Mr. Dipankar Datta, Samatha
4. Dr.M.Mandal
5. Dr. V K Bawa
6. Ms.Sangamitra Malik
7. Mr.O. M. Debara.
8. Mr. R. K. Sinha – Special Invitee

The meeting was presided over by Mr. M. Veda Kumar, President of the Forum.

The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 9th. September 2006 were read out and follow-up action was discussed and approved with some modification.

Dr.M.Mandal introduced Mr. R. K. Sinha to those present and requested that he be made a member of the Forum. It was accepted.

Right to Information Act:
Dr.M.Mandal, Convener, Right to Information Act informed the members that he was unhappy with the reply received from the Divisional Forest Officer stating that no approval was sought from his department under the Tree Act before cutting the trees on Begumpet Road near the Hyderabad Public School. The members requested Mr. M. H. Rao to speak to Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao the convener of Parks and Open Space, to take up further correspondence and necessary action with concerned officers in the above matter.
Dr.M.Mandal, also informed that he had received a reply under RTI Act informing that the MCH has initiated action of providing Street lights on the road outside HPS, Begumpet.
It was pointed out that in the name of urban development, land was being sold off. The Sub- Committee on Urban Development had sent letters to the concerned authorities under the Right to Information Act. As no reply was received letters were sent to the Appellate Authorities. Except the MCH all other departments have now given the information asked for from them. This information has been forwarded to the Forum’s lawyer Mr. Mohan Rao.
Dr.M.Mandal asked the committees to send letters under RTI Act marking a copy to him for follow up.

Heritage, Culture etc. Dr. V.K.Bawa informed the gathering that there is a need to identify all the Heritage buildings on a map and monitor condition on a regular basis. He also suggested that St. Luke’s Church should be included as a Heritage building.

Ganesh Immersion: A letter was received from a person stating that “Ganesh Immersion” is a one day affair in a year and the Forum need not waste their time on it, instead it should concentrate on ways and means of reducing Pollution from Sewerage. Mr. M,H.Rao informed the gathering that the letter was replied to.

The members decided that the Forum along with like minded NGO’s ( CHATRI; COVA; GAMANA), MCH and PCB will take up the matter regards to size, use of colour, use of material and de-centralized immersion with Idol manufacturers, Pandal Organizers, Ganesh Utsav Committee in the first week of November 2007. It was suggested that M/s. C. Kulsum Reddy be requested to head this project.

MUSI PILOT PROJECT: Mr.Vedakumar, who is co-coordinating Musi Pilot Project, explained that the Sub-Committee met number of times to discuss time to time to review the progress and to take further decisions. He said that as decided earlier NGO’s like CHATRI and GAMANA are associated and COVA organization expressed their inability to participate. As decided earlier M.Vedakumar assigned the work to few Bachelor Planners and Master Planners on behalf of Forum. Minutes of the Sub-Committee of 14th September, 2006 is communicated to the Sub-Committee members, Chairman and Secretary.

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: Ms.Sangamitra Malik, Convener, Solid Waste Management, informed the gathering that M/s. Ajanta Perera who is advisor to the government of Sri Lanka on Solid Waste Management was in Hyderabad on Sunday 10th. September 2006 to study Solid waste management. As put forward by Mr.M.Vedakumar in the last meeting, she and Forum members Mrs.Sangamitra Malik, Mr.M.Vedakumar and Sukiki representatives Mr.Suresh Kumar and Vijaya Chandra visited Makta transfer station, Jawahar nagar Municipal Waste Dumping Yard, Sukiki’s “O” waste management town BHEL Ramachandrapuram. Then as per the schedule they met at “Samata” where Quader, Former Commissioner of Suryapet gave a Power Point Presentation (PPT) on Solid Waste Management (SWM) initiatives under taken by him. Mr. Suresh gave PPT on SUKIKI SWM projects undertaking. Mr.Vedakumar presented PPT on SWM on Tirupati town as an eco-city project. Mr.Ajantha Perara gave a talk at the end of the get together.

Mr. M.H.Rao informed that in spite of spending huge amounts on save Tiger projects, the population of tigers have reduced to one third of what it was a decade ago. It was felt that this subject must be looked into. It was suggested that Mr. O. M. Debara request M/s. Farida Tampal, director of WWF to join the Forum.

The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 11th November, 2006 at 4.30 p.m. at Samatha Office.

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Minutes of the 8th Meeting held on 9th September, 2006 at 4.30 p.m.
at “Samatha” office premises.
Members present:

1.Capt. J.Rama Rao VSM
2.Mr. Dipankar Datta, Samatha
3.Dr.M.Mandal
4.Mr.M.H.Rao
5.Mr.O. M. Debara.
6.Ms.Sangamitra Malik
7.Mr.Chelikani Rao
8.Mr .M.Veda Kumar
9.Ms.C.Kulsum Reddy
10.Ms.Jasveen Jairath
11.Mr. P Umesh
12.Mr. T. Balaswamt
13.Mr. B. Ompeakasn
14.Mr.P S N Kumar Yadaev

The meeting was presided over by Capt. J Rama Rao, VSM; Chairman

The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 12th. August 2006 were read out and follow-up action was discussed and approved with some modification.

Right to Information Act:
Dr.M.Mandal, Convener, Right to Information Act briefed the members that the Divisional Forest Officer, Hyderabad has replied to the Forum’s letter regarding tree cutting at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet Road stating that no approval was sought from his department under the Tree Act.
The members requested Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao the convener of Parks and Open Space, to take up further correspondence and necessary initiation with concerned officers in the above matter.

Mr.M.Vedakumar, Coordinator Musi River Pilot Project, informed that data is sought under Right to Information Act regarding the revised plan of Musi River project and the plan to build housing for slum dwellers who will be evicted from the Musi bed.

It was pointed out that in the name of urban development, land was being sold off. The Sub- Committee on Urban Development has sent letters to the concerned departments asking for data under Right to information act. As no reply has been received so far letters to Appellate Authorities would be sent.

Dr.Mandal informed out that he had written a letter to The MCH Commissioner regarding road widening activities in various parts of the twin cities. No proper Electrical Lighting has been provided. Footpaths for the pedestrian / Cyclists movement and Zebra Crossings have not been provided for the convenience of citizens. It was also suggested that a letter be sent to the Chief Secretary asking for a committee to be set up to coordinate the activities of all the Government bodies involved in this project.
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Ganesh Immersion: In response to the the Hand Bills printed by Forum in English and Telugu on “Ganesh Immersion”, a letter was received from a person stating that “Ganesh Immersion” is a one day affair in a year and the Forum need not waste their time on it, instead it should concentrate on ways and means of reducing Pollution from Sewerage.
The members requested Mr. M. H. Rao to reply to this letter.

Members felt that, even after several years of efforts there is no considerable change as regards to size, use of colour, use of material and de-centralized immersion.
The members decided that the Forum along with like minded NGO ( CHATRI; COVA; GAMANA), MCH and PCB to take up the matter with Idol manufacturers, Pandal Organizers, Ganesh Utsav Committee at least nine months before the next Vinayaka Chathurthi in 2007.

Mega City Pilot Project (MCPP) Capt. Rama Rao briefed the members of the Musi River Pilot Project.
Mr.M.Vedakumar, who is co-coordinating “Musi River Pilot Project.”, informed the members about the progress of work so far and the understanding reached with the Humboldt University, German on the Project.
He informed the members that CHATRI and GAMANA are already progressing with the work. Whereas COVA will be starting the work on the project next week. The sub-committee will meet and review the progress next week.

Mr. Chelikani Rao briefed about the Tarnaka Resident’s Welfare association. They are helping stake holders to express their grievance, discuss it and solve the problem. Members felt that this association was doing a good job and others should follow their example.

Mr. Chelikani Rao expressed his willingness to help set up Resident’s Welfare association in other areas.

Mr. Umesh of Gamana informed the gathering that a 7 Star Hotel was being constructed at Jubilee Hills. No Environment impact assessment has been done and PCB Chairman was unaware of it. Capt. Rama Rao named many more units that were coming up for which Environment impact assessment has not been done.
It was suggested the matter be taken up with the concerned authorities at the earliest.

Mr. Ved Kumar informed the gathering that a Mrs. Ajanta Perera who is advisor to the government of Sri Lanka on Solid Waste Management will be in Hyderabad on Sunday 10th. September 2006 to study Solid waste management. It was suggested that apart from a visit to BHEL & Makta the delegate should be taken to Jawaharnagar MCH dumping site. M/s.Sangamitra Malik and Mr. P Umesh and other forum members would go along with Mr. Ved Kumar. Later at 16.00 hrs they would meet at Samata office for an interactive meeting.

Capt. Rama Rao suggested that the Solid Waste Management sub-committee involve Mr. Chelikani Rao in their activity. The members felt that the Solid Waste Management sub-committee would not be able to achieve its objectives unless Government bodies like MCH, PCB etc are contacted and their plans are also taken into consideration.

As regards to the tenure of representative of Forum in CFC of Pollution Control Board it was felt that two years tenure was very less. The minimum period should be for three years. . However the current representative will continue until a new member is nominated.

It was felt that additional members may be co-opted into Urban development Committee as there is a lot of follow up action to be taken.

Capt. J.Rama Rao suggested that in order to set an example to others the Forum member will not use plastic bags in future.

The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 14th October, 2006 at 4.30 p.m. at Samatha Office.

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Minutes of the 7th Meeting held on 12th August, 2006 at 4.30 p.m. at “Samatha” office premises
Members present:

1. Ms.Sangamitra Malik
2. Deepankar Dutta, Samatha
3. Mr.M.Mandal
4. Mr.M.H.Rao
5. Mr.S.Panduranga Rao, Special Invitee.
6. Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao
7. Mr .M.Vedakumar
8. Ms.C.Kulsum Reddy

The meeting was presided over by Sri.M.Vedakumar, President.

Right to Information Act: Dr.M.Mandal, Convenor, Right to Information Act briefed the members that the Divisional Forest Officer, Hyderabad has furnished the information on tree cutting at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet Road by sending a letter to the Forum. This was in response to the earlier letter submitted to Commissioner, MCH, Hyderabad Dist., Collector and to the Divisional Forest officer, Hyderabad to furnish the information as to under which department has carried out cutting of trees and how many trees were cut.

Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao being a convenor of Parks and Open Space, the members requested him to take up further correspondence and necessary initiation with concerned officers in the above matter.

It was also decided that a group of members of Forum For a Better Hyderabad to visit Commissioner, MCH in the above matter.

A Protest has been sent to the President and Prime Minister on Right to Information Act as various Government departments are not providing the relevant information in response to our requisitions.

A letter was received from the MCH in response to one query under the Right to Information Act, giving a list of important Government Buildings which have been constructed without the approval of the MCH.

Parks: Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao, Convenor, Urban Parks, Forests, Birds & Wildlife has briefed the members that about 2 lakh seed lings have been planted by the Government, out of which some spices are not acceptable.

The photographs were appeared in a News paper about “Saving a Tree “by Rajasthan, it should be brought to the notice of Chief Secretary, he said.

Heritage : Mr.M.Vedakumar, Convenor, Heritage Cell has briefed about Moula-Ali-Kaman and about Charminar to Falaknuma Road widening Project programme. He said that Heritage Cell is planning to represent to the Chairman, Heritage Conservation Committee and Vice Chairman, HUDA, Commissioner, MCH regarding pending issues of Heritage.

2:General:

A) Mrs.Kulsum Reddy raised the issue of the regularization of unauthorized lands by the Government. Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao explained about ULC procedures and Sarfakhas lands in Banjara Hills. Members felt that some more information may be ascertained in this regard and the Sub-Committee of Urban Development to look into the matter.

B) A discussion has come up regarding the representative of Forum in CFC of PCB. The members felt that the term of the Representative should not be more than 2 years and a suitable person should be nominated prior to the expiry of the above term. However the current representative will continue until a new member is nominated.

C) Dr.Mandal pointed out that while road widening is taking place in various parts of the twin cities, the proper electrical lighting, proper footpaths for the pedestrian movement and Zebra Crossings have not been provided for the convenience of citizens. The citizens lives are at stake. A representation with these problems has to be submitted to the Commissioner, MCH, Dr.Mandal said.

D) During the discussions, some members wanted to know whether the Forum is registered for which Mr.M.H.Rao confirmed that Forum has been registered in the Sub Registrar’s Office and also obtained 80G exemption under the Income Tax Act.

E) As a news item appeared regarding the Metropolitan Development Authority, Mr.M.Vedakumar suggested that a letter to be sent to the Chief Minister by the Chairman, Capt.J.Rama Rao mentioning Forum’s views on it.

Ganesh Immersion: The members discussed about the ongoing things about “Ganesh Immersion”, some members have already collected the Hand Bills printed by Forum in English and Telugu from Samatha office. The president requested the remaining members to collect them and make arrangements for effective distribution and also he said that Children’s Educational Academy is going to organize a Workshop on “MAKING OF CLAY GANESHA” by involving about 500 school children for 3 days i.e., from 22nd to 24th August, 2006.

Members felt that, even after several years of efforts there is no considerable change in regards to size, use of colour, use of material and central immersion.. The members decided to take up the matter well in advance, at least six months before the next Vinayaka Chathurthi in 2007.

Mega City Pilot Project (MCPP): Mr.M.Vedakumar, who is co-ordinating “MUSI PILOT PROJECT”, has informed the members about the progress of work and understanding with the Humboldt University German Project. He said that, the Sub-Committee consists of Mr.M.H.Rao, Mr.M.Vedakumar, Mr.C.Sarvotham Rao and Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy will meet and discuss to proceed further for which Mr.M.H.Rao suggested the date for meeting as 18th August, 2006 at 11 a.m. at his office. The sub-committee is taking advice from Chairman, Capt.J.Rama Rao time to time who is also member of Mega City Project Steering Committee.
The next Meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 9th September, 2006 at 4.30 p.m. at Samatha Office

 
Minutes of the 6th meeting in 2006 held on 10th June at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present

1. Shri. M. H. Rao
2. Shri. Deepankar Dutta
3. Shri. M. Veda Kumar
4. Shri Nram Krishna Rao
5. Shri. C. Sarvotham Rao
6. Shri. O. M. Debora
7. Dr. M. Mandal
8. Dr. K. Satyalaxmi
9. Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy
10. Dr. V. K. Bawa
11.Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
The minutes of 5th meeting were approved.

Urban parks, Forests, Birds & Wildlife: The convenor, Shri. C. Sarvotham Rao agreed to write a letter to Chief Secretary on tree planting in the coming rainy season under urban forestry. On tree cutting it was proposed a group to meet MCH Commissioner. Shri. Sarvotham Rao will inform the group the date and time.

Musi River: The convenor Shri. M. H. Rao will convene a meeting on Musi River and proposed a group to visit Musi zone.

Other issues: Discussed the issues of Himayatsagar & Osmansagar Catchment area with reference to EPTRI report and RTI; Uranium case, ORR issues.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 8th July 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office

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Minutes of the 5th meeting in 2006 held on 13th May at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present

1.Shri.M.Veda Kumar
2.Shri.M.H.Rao
3.Dr.M.Mandal
4.Mrs.K.Bhanumati
5.Shri.O.M. Debora
6.Dr.V.K.Bawa
7.Shri.C.Sarvotham Rao
8.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy

Today’s Forum meeting was mainly concentrated on the issue of preparations relating to Forum’s Annual Day cum World Environmental Day Celebration on 5th June 2006. The issues relate to booking of hall, chief guest and other guests, invitations, media invitations, etc. The issues pertaining to different groups were not discussed except that of Heritage. On this, convenor’s proposal was not approved but however, this issue was finally left to the Heritage Group to take appropriate decision.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 10th June 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office.
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Minutes of the 4th meeting in 2006 held on 8th April at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present

1.Ms.Sanghamitra Malik
2.Shri.M.Veda Kumar
3.Capt.J.Rama Rao
4.Shri.R.Sreedhar
5.Shri.C.V.Rao
6.Shri.R.Ravi
7.Dr.M.Mandal
8.Shri.P.Kishan Rao
9.Ms.K.Satya Laxmi
10.Dr.V.K.Bawa
11.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy

The meeting was presided by Capt. J. Rama Rao, Chairman.

General: (i) Dr. S. J. Reddy, General Secretary briefed the members on the proposal to organize World Earth Day 2006 on 22nd April at 4.30 pm at Institute of Engineers (India), Khairatabad jointly with IEI and IICT. The committee agreed on this and proposed Dr. Reddy to be the Moderator of the programme; (ii) Dr. Reddy also briefed the members on the proposed Forum Annual Day 2005-2006 celebration along with World Environment Day on June 5, 2006. The members agreed to give the responsibility to Shri. M. H. Rao. Shri M. Veda Kumar suggested including 5 members to assist Shri. M. H. Rao; (iii) to express solidarity to fasting Medha Patkar, a proposal was put forth by Shri. R. Ravi and members agreed on this and Ms. K. Satya Laxmi informed the members that she would communicate the date & time, venue for this purpose; (iv) Capt. J. Rama Rao briefed the members on the meeting with Resident Editor, The Time of India along with Dr. Reddy & Dr. V. K. Bawa.

Right To Information: (i) Dr. M. Mandal, Convener of the sub-committee briefed the members that there is not much progress in this area with MCH. Members suggested to have a meeting with Chief Information officer of the State Mr. Akra to bring to his notice the lacunae in the RTI in the state with different departments.

Urban Development: (i) Dr. V. K. Bawa, Convener of the sub-committee asked the members to present their view points on urban Development (ii) Dr. S. J. Reddy, General Secretary informed the members that he has written a letter to Chief Minister with copies to Prl. Secy/MAUD, Prl. Secy E. F. S. & T, Commissioner/MCH, VC/HUDA, MS/APPCB – prepared draft was circulated for comments to members -- on the “Hyderabad Revised Building Rules, 2006”; (iii) In this connection Capt. J. Rama Rao suggested that Forum should file a PIL on the Master plan/zonal regulations/building rules with reference to 74th Amendment of the Constitution.

Urban Lakes, Water Bodies: (i) Dr. S. J. Reddy, Convener of the sub-committee briefed the members on the latest situation with reference to Hussain Sager, Himayat Sagar & Osman Sagar, Musi River. (ii)He informed the members that he has written a letter to VC/HUDA on the proposal to construct multilevel car parking complex for which VC/HUDA responded and in return another letter was written [all the three letters are available on website: hyderabadgreens.org – now HUDA submitted Caveat Petition; (iii) With reference to a comment by Chairman/HUDA [Eenadu, 7-4-2006] during his visit to Jalavihar with reference to Eenadu report of 6-4-2006, and wrote a letter to VC/HUDA with a copy to Chairman/HUDA and MS/APPCB – he stated that Jalavihar management is filling the lake with soil but they are doing according to law and he further stated that they have not demarcated FTL so far; (iv) In the case of Himayat Sagar & Osman Sagar, He briefed the members on the construction of Resorts in the Gandipet bund, which is nothing but a Hotel that is prohibited as per GO 111 – in this connection Dr. Reddy’s article was published in Editorial page of Vaartha dt. 8.4.2006.

Urban Traffic & Transportation: As there was no time, this item was not discussed.

Pollution: As there was no time, this item was not discussed.

Rock Formations & Ecology: --

Heritage and Culture: (i) Sri. M. Veda Kumar, Convener of the sub-group informed that Urban Renewal Mission has two components.
The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 13th May 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office.

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Minutes of the 3nd meeting in 2006 held on 11th March at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present

1.Dr.M. Mandal
2,Ms.C.Kulsum Reddy
3.Sri.C.Sarvotham Rao
4.Lt.Col (Retd) N.K.Yadav
5.Sri.Deepankar Dutt
6.Sri.M.Veda Kumar
7.Sri.P.Rajashekar Reddy
8.Sri.O.M.Debra
9.Dr.V.K.Bawa
10.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy
The minutes of the 2st meeting in 2006 were approved.

General: Sri. M. Veda Kumar, President suggested that the members can hear the presentations (if any) from new members and after that the new members will leave the meeting and then regular forum meeting will commence. Accordingly, Lt. Col. N. K. Yadav briefed the members relating development of 32 acres in Hasmathpet near Hasmathpet lake as Environmental Theme Park, which comes under Cantonment Board and Kukatpally Municipality – this was earlier dump yard by the side of residential buildings. Sri. M. Vedakumar comes forward to help them if they need any thing from HUDA and Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao with reference to selection of plantation

Right To Information:
(i) Dr. M. Mandal, Convener of the sub-committee briefed the members that there is new development in this activity; (ii) Regarding cutting of trees in front of Hyderabad Public School, MCH informed that they haven’t cut them

Urban Development: (i) Dr. V. K. Bawa, Convener of the sub-committee proposed the name of Sri. O. M. Debra as co-convener of his group. Members agreed on this. (ii) Sri. O. M. Debra showed the reply from MCH where in the charges for providing the authenticated documents are given along with a separate letter giving the information requested by the group; (iii) Dr. S. J. Reddy, General Secretary informed the members that he will bring this this to the media notice and accordingly collected a photo copy of this letter; (iv) Dr. S. J. Reddy informed the members that he will prepare and circulate draft comments on the “Hyderabad Revised Building Rules, 2006” – a copy of which was brout by Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao, Treasurer—and after receiving comments the letter will be sent to Principal Secretary, MAUD with copies to MCH/Commissioner, HUDA/VC.

Urban Lakes, Water Bodies: (i) Dr. S. J. Reddy, Convener of the sub-committee briefed the members on the latest situation with reference to Hussain Sager, Himayat Sagar & Osman Sagar, Musi River. (ii) Dr. S. J. Reddy informed the members that he has written a letter to Prl. Sec./MAUD with copies to MCH/Commissioner & HUDA/VC on proposed STPs in Musi beautification project based on my visit to Gujarat and Maharashtra as a member of the team representing LAEC/SCMC to look into CETPs in these two states [the report will be submitted to SCMC]; (iii) In the case of Himayat Sagar & Osman Sagar, Dr. Reddy briefed the members on the statement of Hon’ble Minister in the state assembly – on radiation levels – and in this connection TV9 recorded my view point and telecasted in their news item on the same night; (iv) Dr. Reddy brought to the notice of the members the proposed multilevel parking complex in between NTR garden and Imax, which was demarcated for amusement park. Members suggested to Dr. Reddy to write a letter to VC/HUDA and talk to Sri. K. S. Murthy, Advocate to implede in the Supreme Court case on Hussain Sagar as the government leaked the report submitted to the court by the three member committee to the project proponents along the water front, who have then impleted in the case”.

Urban Traffic & Transportation: (i) Dr. S. J. Reddy, Convener of the sub-committee informed the members that he has written letter to MCH/Commissioner and VC/HUDA on the “footpaths” along with few other items related to road use.

Pollution: (i) Dr. S. J. Reddy, Convener of the sub-group informed the members that he as a member of LAEC/SCMC along with 6 industry representatives and one PCB representative has visited Gujarat and Maharashtra CETPs to assess the relative comparison with Andhra Pradesh CETPs during 26th February and 2rd March.

Rock Formations & Ecology: Ms. Frauke Quader, Convener of the sub-group not present on this day – Forum participated at the one-day programme and put up the exhibits.

Heritage and Culture: (i) Sri. M. Veda Kumar, Convener of the sub-group informed that a letter was sent to Heritage committee on Dilkusha Gouest House, Alia School; (ii) Secunderabad – 2000 years Heritage celebrations issue will be discussed in the sub-committee; (ii) Urban Renewal Mission threat to Heritage will be discussed at the sub-committee meeting; (iii) Sri. M. Veda Kumar also briefed the members on the Magacity workshop wherein Forum members participated.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 8th April 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office.

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Minutes of the 12th meeting in 2005 held on 10th December
at 4.30 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present
1.Sri.O.M.Debra
2.Dr.V.K.Bawa
3.Sri.C.Sarvotham Rao
4.Ms.Sanghamitra Malik
5.Sri.M.Veda Kumar
6.Sri.A.Sambasiva Rao
7.Sri.Deepankar Dutta
8.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy
9.Sri.M.H.Rao
10.Dr.M.Mandal
Today’s meeting was presided over by Dr. V. K. Bawa.
The minutes of the 11th meeting were approved with two corrections

Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao proposed to send a letter to Sri. M. Shashidhar Reddy, MLA convener of city MLAs & MPs on the need to include NGOs like Forum For A Better Hyderabad, who are actively involved in the betterment of the city. Members agreed on this. Dr. S. J. Reddy will send a letter in consultation with C. Sarvotham Rao
With reference to Information Act, Dr. M. Mandal will coordinate with MCH as there were several changes in the set-up at MCH level.

Members were briefed on the series of articles written by The Times of India on Musi.Members proposed that Sri.M.H.Rao might send a letter to the Commissioner MCH with copies to HUDA, Water Board.
Members were briefed on the PCB’s action initiative on Rock Garden and Food Courts around Hussain Sagar with reference to consent order violations.PCB has given one-month time to clear all the violations.
With reference to building norms violations, the committee identified 10 buildings and requesting the Commissioner MCH for the building plans.

Members were briefed on several issues pertaining to heritage structures such as G-Block, Charminar ro Falkunama along with alternate roads for traffic,etc.
Members were briefed on the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee/Local Area Environment Committee observations on the industrial pollution in and around twin cities.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 14th January 2006 at 4.30 pm at SAMATA Office
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Minutes of the 10th meeting in 2005 held on 8th October at 4.00 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present:
1.Sri.M.Veda Kumar
2.Dr.V.K.Bawa
3.Sri.M.H.Rao
4.Capt.J.Rama Rao
5.Dr.M.Mandal
6.Sri.C.Sarvotham Rao
7.Ms.Sanghamitra Malik
8.Ms.C.Kulsum Reddy
9.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy
Today’s meeting was presided over by Forum’s chairman, Capt. J. Rama Rao.
The minutes of the 9th meeting were approved

It was proposed to file a PIL on illegal and unauthorized constructions. In this connection, as a first step, the committee suggested write letters to Commissioner, MCH & to Architects association and identify at least 5 such structures in different localities in Hyderabad & Secunderabad zones. This responsibility was given to Dr. V. K. Bawa. Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy & Ms. Sanghamitra Malik. In this connection members were informed about 7 conservation zones in MCH area and GO 423 with reference to Banjara Hills & Jubilee Hills specifying that no relaxation of the GO even by the government

Using the Right To Information Act that comes into effect on 13th October 2005 all over the country. Now Forum can demand an official into parting with crucial information in a time bound manner. In this connection, the members proposed Sri. M. H. Rao to write on Musi, Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao on Chilukuru Reserve Forest/Mrugavani National Park and Dr. S. J. Reddy on Outer Ring Road in general. Dr. M. Mandal/Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao/Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy were asked to collect all the information pertaining to whom the letters are to be addressed on Right To Information pertaining to Forum’s issues. In this connection the team was asked to contact P. K. Mohanty, I.A.S. for an interactive session with Forum members.

For information: On the Outer Ring Road Phase-II two writ petitions were filed in the Hon’ble High Court by some affected people, stay was granted on acquiring the land.

Members were informed on the proposed public consultation workshop on Hussain Sagar Project by HUDA on 10th at 10.30 am at Necklace Road

With reference to tree cutting, road widening, Rock cutting and demolition of old buildings Forum members taken up the issue with media and concerned Officials: The Times of India presented this issue on 11, 12, 13 & 15th September 2005 editions; Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao sent two letters – one to R. R. District Collector dt. 12.9.2005 & the second to Chief Secretary on tree cutting; Capt. J. Rama Rao sent a letter to Commissioner, MCH on all the four issues on 27.9.2005

Save Rock Society informed members about the proposed 10-year celebrations, in January 2006. Members agreed to participate and give helping hand

Members were briefed on the pollution issues, Dr. S. J. Reddy presented a talk [one of the two invitee speakers] on Ozone at International Ozone Protection Day, celebrate by Pollution Control Board; the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee – Local Area Environment Committee co-opted Dr. S. J. Reddy as member [one of the two, the other from IICT] in the local area environment committee.

The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 12th November 2005 at 4.00 pm at SAMATA Office.

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Minutes of the 9th meeting in 2005 held on 10th September
at 4.00 pm at SAMATA office premises.
Members Present:

1.Sri.C.Sarvotham Rao
2. Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy
3.Dr.M.Mandal
4. Sri. M. Veda Kumar
5.Dr.S.Jeevananda Reddy
Today’s meeting was presided over by Sri.C.Sarvotham Rao.
The minutes of the 9th meeting were approved with three corrections.

The main issue discussed at today’s meeting was related to a proposal to send a letter to MCH Commissioner on indiscriminate cutting of trees and rocks while widening roads and demolition of old buildings.

The other important issue discussed related to non-responsive attitude of government on Forum's representations.Members expressed concern on this issue.

The other issue discussed related to the proposed workshop.
Members were briefed on the Forum’s participation at public hearing on 30th August at Institute of Engineers on Hussain Sagar organized by the Supreme Court Committee; on the potential use of G-Block [intac committee]; magacity project; Musi.

Next meeting: The Next meeting of the Fourm will held on 2nd Saturday th 8th October 2005 at 4.00pm at SAMATA Office
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Minutes of the 7th Meeting in 2004 held on 10th July2004 at 4pm at SAMATA office premises:
01. Sri. M. H. Rao 02.

Ms. Sanghamitra Malik

03. Ms. Frauke Quader 04.

Sri. M. Veda Kumar

05. Sri. M.A. Lateef Khan 06. Sri. E. Neelam Raj
07. Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao 08. Dr. V. K. Bawa
09. Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy 10.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

1.A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum in AP High Court/Supreme Court

a.Rock Garden:The Hon'ble High Court reserved the judgment.

C.Hussainsagar Lake:(i) With reference to PIL in the State High Court on illegal structures, one in between Rock Garden and People's Plaza and the other at Jaladrusyam, replies on Advocate Commissioner's submission were submitted;  (ii) As per the suggestion at the last Forum meeting Mr. M Veda Kumar and Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy sent a letter to Chief Minister in this regard. Also the same was released to press; and (iii) As regards to the proposed preparation of detailed report on all issues around Hussain Sagar. It was supposed to be submitted in August, since it needs through study Mr. M Veda Kumar Proposed that the report will be submitted by middle of September 2004. In this regard members suggested contacting A. R. Jafer, Zoology Professor and Raja Ali Khan for information.  It is also suggested that Forum can put forth a proposal to government to establish "Water Development Authority" to look after all water bodies instead of several government agencies controlling water bodies with diverse interests.


dShamshabad International Airport: Members of forum supposed to have a visit for physical study and for opinion, which was not attended and has been postponed to August 2004.



2.Solid Waste Management :Not much of catchment areas of Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar on 13th June 2004 a letter was sent by Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy on 14th June 2004. Also the same was released to press on the same day.

For the prompt and immediate action initiative by Chief Minister a letter was sent on 20th June 2004 to him thanking for the same and the same was also released to press;

(iv) It is now proposed to meet EPTRI officials, who will be looking into this matter.

Sri. M. H. Rao agreed to get the appointment with S.V.Prasad, Director General of EPTRI.

3. Heritage: Mr. M. Veda Kumar informed the members that

(i) with Forum's efforts MCH is going to establish a separate cell for Heritage buildings and also going to take up 3 projects, Mauzam Jahi Market is one out of the three;

(ii) MCH officials and members of Forum have visited heritage buildings for selection and restoration;

(iii) He also informed that the Heritage group of Forum is going to organize a workshop jointly with INTACH (both national and state) without any financial commitment from Forum;

(iv) Mr. M A Lateef Khan (An Invitee) as proposed to forum to join in one of there activity, planned on the occasion of 15 August which takes place between Charminar and Golconda.

5Finance:Sri C. Sarvotham Rao, Treasurer circulated copies of Forum's balance sheet as at 31.3.2004. This was taken on record.  Sarvotham Rao  & M. H. Rao, Vice President briefed the members on the advertisement money collection for the Souvenir and expenditure for the Annual Day cum World Environment day celebrations:  The total amount is Rs. 90,000 -- this includes a donation of Rs. 2,500/- collected by Frauke Qadre, Forum expressed thanks for the donation - of which Rs. 20,000 is yet to be received.  Rs. 21,500 was given to Sairam Printers for printing of 600 copies of Annual Number 2003-2004 and Rs. 2,500 towards Hall and snacks to ASCI. The members of forum conveyed thanks to Mr. R. Rajamani for his help to procure the conference hall in ASCI at reasonable tariff.
Other items: (i) Discussed on bringing out a News Letter by Forum.  On this it was suggested to have a sub-committee to prepare a proposal relating all aspects [publication, editorial board, money, Assistant, etc.]and

(ii) discussed issues pertaining to areas of activity to be under taken by the Forum and expenditure for functions organized by the Forum, etc.  Major expenditure to be incurred for Forum activities has to be obtained prior approval from the committee and minor expenditure, approval has to be obtained from President and General Secretary and the same will be brought to the notice of treasurer.  Activities of Forum must be confined to the Forum's objectives. The major activities has to be approved by the committee but routine activities under each sub committee can be initiated by the respective conveners and they can take the advice of Chairman, President, General secretary or any other senior member of the Forum.;

(iii)Mr M. Veda Kumar proposed to members of forum to circulate the minutes of the meeting to committee members, conveners of sub committees and senior members only;

(iv)  In addition to routine Forum meetings on every 2nd Saturday the committee will meet separately once in a month on a specific date to decide major issues like activities and finance, etc. routinely or as and when required.

7.Next meeting:The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 14th August 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA Office.

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Minutes of the 6th Meeting in 2004 held on 12th June 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA office premises:
 Members Present:
01.

Mrs. Indira Lingam

02.

Ms. Frauke Quader

03.

Sri. R. Rajamani

04.

Sri. M. Veda Kumar

05.

Sri. A. Srinivas

06.

Dr. M. Mandal

07.

Dr. V. K. Bawa

08.

Sri. Ali Asghar

09.

Sri. N. Rajeswara Rao

10.

Sri C. Sarvotham Rao

11.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

   

 

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Forum celebrated its' 4th Formation Day and World Environment Day on 5th June at 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Rajbhavan Road.  The Sri. T. Chatterjee (IAS), Principal Secretary Ministry of Environment & Forests and Science & Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest and Sri. R. M. Gonela (IAS), Member Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh delivered Key note address.  Sri. R. Rajamani (IAS, Retd.), Former Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India presided over the function.  Sri. Veda Kumar.M President of the Forum welcomed the gathering and Capt. J. Rama Rao, Chairman of the Forum briefed the audience on the Forum.  The Forum website was introduced to members through Power Point Presentation.  Sri. M. H. Rao, Vice President of the Forum presented vote of thanks. In this connection the Forum expressed its thanks to Sairam Printers for printing the Annual Number, Sri.M.H. Rao for the efforts in preparing the Annual Number, Mr.Murthy & Mr.Bal Reddy for cover design, Mr.Santosh / Mr.Ranjit / Mr. K. Srinivas for the support in the power point presentation,Mr. K.Prabhakar for over all assistance for the function and also thanked all those who gave advertisements.

Forum also celebrated jointly with The Institute of Engineers (India) - Andhra Pradesh State Centre [IEI] on the 5th June at 5.50 pm to 7.00 pm.  Rear Admiral S. S. Godbole, Director, Defence Machinery Design Establishment, Secunderabad was the Chief Guest of the function and Capt. J. Rama Rao, Chairman, Energy Conservation Mission, IEI delivered the popular lecture on "Wanted: Seas and Oceans - Dead or Alive". 

The function was presided over by Wg. Cdr. V. L. Nanda Kumar (Retd), Chairman IEI.  He also presented mementos to two guests.              Er. Chandra Mohan, Hon. Secretary IEI welcomed the gathering and Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, General Secretary of Forum presented vote of thanks.
  • On the occasion of the celebrations of World Environment Day on the June 5th 2004 between 10.30 am to 2.30pm by Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases, Osmania University, Ameerpet Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, General Secretary of Forum presented a talk on "Use and Mis-use of Water Resources - in and around the twin cities".

  • A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum in AP High Court/Supreme Court

  • Rock Garden:  The stay issued by the Hon'ble High Court still continues

  • Musi Pipeline:  The committee appointed by the State High Court submitted its' report.  It needs to be studied.

  • Hussainsagar Lake:  With reference to PIL in the State High Court on illegal structures, one in between Rock Garden and People's Plaza and the other at Jaladrusyam, a division bench comprising Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice P. S. Narayana appointed T. Surya Karan Reddy, Senior Central government standing counsel as Advocate Commissioner to inspect the areas around Hussainsagar and submit a report regarding the permanent structures near the water body.  Sri. T. Suryakaran Reddy, Advocate Commissioner visited on 10/6/2004.  From Forum Capt. J. Rama Rao, Sri. M. Veda Kumar and Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy participated.  Later in the evening, 9 to 10 pm TV9 show Sri. M. Vedakumar and Dr. S. Jeevanada Reddy participated on this issue. The committee asked Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy to send a letter to Chief Minister in this regard.  As a next step proposed to prepare a detailed report on all issues around Hussain Sagar within 2 to 3 months and the same can be submitted to Chief Minister as a memorandum.  It is suggested to consult Naram Krishna Rao in this regard.

  • Shamshabad International Airport: The members of Forum For A Better Hyderabad have planned to visit the Bio-conservation zone.

  • Solid Waste Management:  Not much

  • Heritage: (A) Mr.M.Veda Kumar and Dr.M.Mandal appraised in the meeting about discussions had with Mrs.Chandana Khan, Secretary to Government, Youth Advancement, Tourism & Cultural Development, regarding GREENLANDS  GUEST HOUSE.  The matter was also discussed with Mr.Shravan Kumar, Convenor, INTACH and Mr.Sajjad Sahid, Conservation Engineer.  Further persuasion is needed in this regard.

  • Mr.M.Veda Kumar putforth a proposal for a workshop on HERITAGE  AWARENESS for school teachers of  twin cities in collaboration with INTACH Hyderabad A.P., Chapter in the month of August 2004.

  • Adil Alan Mansion stay continues.

  • Pollution:  (i) It was proposed to organize a rally and submit a memorandum on "Right to Clean Air", a comprehensive letter on vehicular pollution in twin cities to the new chief minister.  In this connection it is proposed to send an invitation letter to different groups for their participation at the proposed rally and specially take the help of COVA, PEAS, WWF, Schools, etc.; (ii) It was proposed to meet police department to discuss issues related to Ganesh idols/immersion/campaign.   No huge idols, dispersion of immersion through tokens, etc.; (iii) It was proposed to visit the catchment areas of Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar Lakes before we take up further action plan.  In this regard we team can be included Bawa, COVA, Srinivas and others.

  • Dr. Mandal proposed a workshop on "Privatization" but members suggested to add "and National Implications for Sustainable Development".  He also proposed to look into the new act on Land, Water & Tree Act.

  • Next meeting: The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 10th July 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA Office. 
 
June 2004
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Minutes of the 5th Meeting in 2004 held on 08thMay.2004 at 4pm at SAMATA office premises:
Members Present:
1.Sri. R. Rajamani
2.N. Rajeswar Rao
3.Dr. M. Mandal
4.Sri. C. Lokeswara Rao
5.Sri. M. H. Rao
6.Prof. M. V. Nayudu
7.Ms. Franke Quader
8.Ms. Sangamitra Malik
9.Sri. M. Veda Kumar
10.Sri C. Sarvotham Rao
11.Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy 
12.Sri. V. K. Bawe
13.Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Today's meeting was presided over by Sri. R. Rajamani
1.A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum in AP High Court/Supreme Court
Rock Garden: The stay issued by the Hon'ble High Court still continues.
Musi Pipeline: The committee appointed by the State High Court submitted its' report. It needs to be studied. 

Hussainsagar Lake: With reference to PIL in the State High Court on illegal structures, one in between Rock Garden and People's Plaza and the other at Jaladrusyam, a division bench comprising Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice P. S. Narayana appointed T. Surya Karan Reddy, Senior Central government standing counsel as Advocate Commissioner to inspect the areas around Hussainsagar and submit a report regarding the permanent structures near the water body. 
Shamshabad International Airport: the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 16th of April 2004 dismissed the case. Sri. R. Rajamani suggested that Forum should study the possibility of review petition on this matter after studying the judgment.

2.Solid Waste Management: Ms. Sanghamitra Malik apprised the members the progress made & problems encountered in collection and in converting the waste in to vermicompost in Umanagar
3.Heritage: Mr.M.Veda Kumar and Dr.M.Mandal reported the developments of Heritage Cell Sub Committee. The stay on Adil Alan Mansion still continuing. The letters in connection with Green land Guest House and JamSingh Narayan Temple have been sent to the concerned departments, who are looking into the matter.
The website of the Forum For A better Hyderabad has been updated with the incorporation of Rules and Regulations and guidelines of State Government as well as Aims and objectives of heritage cell.

4.Pollution: Sri. R. Rajamani suggested looking into sending a comprehensive letter on vehicular pollution in twin cities to the new chief minister
5.3 & 4 Annual meeting & World Environmental Day Celebrations: The Forum discussed the modalities of celebrating the 3rd & 4th Annual meeting along with “World Environment Day” on June 5th 2004 and assigned different tasks to Forum members.
6.Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao, Treasurer of the Forum presented the annual accounts and members approved the same
7.Water resources Day Celebration: The Forum successfully celebrated the function jointly with The Institute of Engineers (India), Andhra Pradesh State Centre the “Water Resources Day” at “Visvesvaraya Bhavan”, Khairatabad on 15th April at 1730 hrs. Er.Veda Kumar, M, President, Forum for A Better Hyderabad, welcomed the gathering. Er V. K. Jyoti Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, Hyderabad presented a popular lecture on “Water Management for Tungabhadra Project”. The function was presided over by Er. K. Bhagyata Reddy, FIE, Chief Engineer, Minor Irrigation, Govt. of A.P.

8.World Earth Day Celebration: The Forum successfully celebrated the function jointly with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) the “World Earth Day” at IICT Auditorium, Taranaka on 22nd April at 1600 hrs. Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, formerly Chief Technical Advisor – WMO/UN & Expert – FAO/UN presented a popular lecture on “Global Warming: Myth or Reality” by Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, The Chief Guest Dr. D. P. Rao former Director, NRSA presented on the role of remote sensing in the sustainable development. Capt. J. Rama Rao, Chairman of the Forum introduced the topic and Dr. Kunwar, Dy. Director of IICT presided over the function. Mr.Veda Kumar.M President, Forum For A Better Hyderabad also participated in the celebrations.

Donations: Sri. R. Rajamani suggested approaching Sorabji Ratan Tata Trust for donation to the Forum.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 12th June, 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA Office.

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Minutes of the 4th Meeting in 2004 held on 10th April.2004 at 4pm at SAMATA office premises:
Members Present:
1.Sri. M. Veda Kumar
2.Dr. P. Narayana Rao
3.Sri. M.H. Rao
4.Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
5.Sri. Satish Kumar
6.Ms. Sanghamitra Malik
7.Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao
8.Sri. R. Ravi, SAMATA
9.Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy
10.Dr. M. Mandal
11.Sri N. Rajeswar Rao
12.Sri. K. S. Murthy (Advocate)
1. Announcements:
a.Water Resources Day : Forum is planned to organize jointly with The Institute of Engineers (India), Andhra Pradesh State Centre the “Water Resources Day” at “Visvesvaraya Bhavan”, Khairatabad on 15th April at 1730 hrs. Forum cordially invites you to a popular lecture on “Water Management for Tungabhadra Project” by Er. V. K. Jyoti Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, Hyderabad. Er. K. Bhagyata Reddy, FIE, Chief Engineer, Minor Irrigation, Govt. of A.P. has kindly consented to preside.
b.World Earth Day : Forum is planned to organize jointly with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) the “World Earth Day” at IICT Auditorium, Taranaka on 22nd April at 1600 hrs. Forum cordially invites you to a popular lecture on “Global Warming: Myth & Reality” by Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy, Formerly Chief Technical Advisor – WMO/UN & Expert – FAO/UN. Dr. D. P. Rao former Director, NRSA has kindly consented to be the chief guest for the function.
2.A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum
in AP High Court/Supreme Court

a.Rock Garden: The stay issued by the Hon'ble High Court still continues.
b,Musi Pipeline: The committee appointed by the State High Court submitted its' report. It needs to be studied.
c.Hussainsagar LakeWith reference to illegal structure in between Rock Garden and People's Plaza it is agreed to file a PIL in the State High Court.
d.Shamshabad International Airport: The case was posted, by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, for hearing on 19th of April 2004.
3.Solid Waste Management: Ms. Sanghamitra Malik appraised the members the progress made & problems encountered in collection and in converting the waste in to vermicompost in Umanagar.
4.Heritage: Mr. M. Veda Kumar briefed the members about works of heritage sub
committee.


a.Adil Alam Mansion : Forum's Heritage Sub Committee filed PIL on Adil Alan Mansion in the Honourable High Court through advocate Mr. Srinivasa Murthy represented by Dr. M. Mandal and Mrs. Sanghamitra Mallik. The High Court issued stay in response to the PIL.
b.Heritage Walk : Heritage Walk is planned by involving the Heritage Clubs of schools. This is for school children and teachers. It is planned in the 4th week of April 2004, in association with INTACH, Hyderabad.
c.The Sub Committee prepared Heritage regulations and guidelines for active participation of Forum members and Heritage activists in future. The same will be placed in website.
d.Mr. Veda Kumar attend the meeting of INTACH held on 09.0.2004 and appraised the works undertaken.

5.Pollution : Dr. S. J. Reddy briefed members on his participation at three day conference organized by Centre for Science & Environment in Delhi on March 30 – April 1, 2004 at Jacaranda, India Habitat Centre on “The Leapfrog Factor Towards Clean Air in Asian Cities” and thanked the CSE for the opportunity/hospitality given to him.

6.3rd Annual meeting: It was differed to celebrate jointly the 3rd & 4th Annual meeting along with “World Environment Day” on June 5th 2004 in view of the coming elections.. Sri. H. M. Rao proposed to meet on one of the day in the next week to decide on the invitation to Chief Guests. The convenors of different committees executive committee members/Chairman are requested to bring a small note on their activities in the year to the next Forum meeting.

7.World Water Day Celebration: The Forum successfully celebrated the function.
Next meeting: The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 8th May 2004 at 4.00 pm at SAMATA Office.
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Minutes of the 3rd Meeting in 2004 held on 13th March.2004 at 4pm at SAMATA office premises:
Members present:
1.Sri. M. Mandal
2.Ms. Franke Quader
3.Sri. M.H. Rao
4.Sri. C. Lokeswara Rao
5.Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
6.Ms. Sanghamitra Malic
7.Sri. R. Ravi
8.Sri. Mithun Raj
9.Sri. K. Sahil
10.Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao
11.Sri. M. Veda Kumar
12.Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy

Sri. C. Lokeswara Rao participated in the Forum meeting on the invitation of Sri. M. Vedakumar

A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum in AP High Court/Supreme Court
a.Rock Garden:The stay issued by the Hon’ble High Court still continues
b.Musi Pipeline:There was no further progress on this issue. However, news paper release [appeared on 13th March 2004] by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board says that “They will be starting the construction of four Water treatment plants, which will purify the effluents flowing into the Musi River. Sewerage containing organic and inorganic waste from as many as 18-storm water drains flow into the Musi River from various points in the twin cities on a daily basis. These 18 storm water drains will be diverted to the four water treatment plants where the sewerage will be treated and purified and then released to the Musi River. The four points identified for the treatment plants, in addition to present Amberpet, are: Nandimusliwada, Jiaguda, Nallacheruvu and Nagole. The whole project for cleaning the Musi River will cost Rs. 340 crore and will take three years for completion. The Centre has agreed to fund with 70% “. In this connection C. Sarvotham Rao informed the members that in Bangalore water from such treatment plants are supplied to industry (Rs. 30 per kl). In view of the dwindling groundwater in twin cities, it is proposed to send a letter to Metro Water board suggesting that the water from the proposed treatment plants may be supplied to industry instead releasing the entire water into Musi River. In view of this development members suggested to initiate a committee on Musi River with Capt. J. Rama Rao as the coordinator and he can choose the members.

c.Hussainsagar:As suggested by the members in the last Forum meeting in the illegal construction in the 30-meter buffer zone of the lake, Dr. S. J. Reddy sent a letter addressed to the Vice Chairman, Buddha Poornima Project, with copies to Tourism Dept., HUDA, MCH, APPCB. However, to counter this and serve the vested interests issued a press release. Dr. S. J. Reddy sent protesting on the press release by APPCB through e-mail to Member Secretary/APPCB with copies to Principal Secretary/MoFE & Chief Secretary, Government of AP.
d.Shamshabad International Airport:The case was posted, by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, for hearing on 18th of March 2004. Dr. S. J. Reddy provided information pertaining to the CFE rejection of the M/s Green Woods Golf & Resorts Pvt. Ltd., adjacent to Himayatsagar Lake for submission to Hon’ble Supreme Court on the suggestion of Mr. K. S. Murthy, Lawyer.

2.Letter to Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:As suggested in the last Forum meeting, with reference to observations by a Supreme Court Bench with reference to Essar Oil Ltd appeal against Gujarat High Court directive on oil pipeline passing through the Jamnagar Marine National Park, Dr. S. J. Reddy prepared the letter and after showing it to K. S. Murthy, Lawyer the letter will be posted.

3. Solid Waste Management:Ms. Sanghamitra Malik apprised the members the progress made in converting the waste in to vermicompost in Umanagar.
4. Heritage:Mr. Veda Kumar .M, Convener, Heritage Cell informed to the members present, as the following programs were organised and attended by Heritage Cell.
HERITAGE WORKSHOP for school children and teachers was organised on 25th February 2004 at Princess Esin Women's Educational Institute, Purani Haveli in association with INTACH. The children and teachers from fifteen schools participated in the workshop, they were guided by the resource persons. Mr. Barry Richards Joyce, Heritage Conservation Architect, U.K. handled the noon session. The main share in the expenditure was borne by INTACH.
Ms. Sanghamitra Mallik wrote a poem on Heritage to commemorate the workshop. The forum members Mr. V.K.Bawa and Ms. Sanghamitra Mallik and Dr. Mandal helped in organising the workshop.


b.An official Heritage meeting was convened by Ms. Chitra Ramachandran, the commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad. The meeting was attended by Dr. Mandal and M.Veda Kumar. The aim of the meeting was to make arrangements to prepare wardwise list of Heritage Buildings, Monuments and Precincts. The MCH also planned to take up three conservation projects out of which, Mojamjahi Market has been identified. The remaining two projects are yet to be identified by Forum For a Better Hyderabad, INTACH and Muncipal Corporation of Hyderabad. In this connection Dr. Mandal and M.Veda Kumar have visited Mojamjahi Market to ascertain the technical information.

c.The issue of Adil Alam Mansion, Station Road, Nampally will be taken up by Mr. M.Veda Kumar and Dr. Mandal and a ground will be prepared by ascertaining legal information. The expenses in this regard will be borne by Forum For a Better Hyderabad. 
d.It is proposed to make arrangements for a Heritage Walk in coordination with A.P. Tourism Development Corporation for school children and forum members in the 3rd week of April 2004.

5. Pollution:NDTV invited Dr. S. J. Reddy for a live telecast on change of fuel in commercial vehicles older than 15 years with reference to commercial vehicles owners strike on changing to CNG. This programmed was telecast on 4th March at 8.30PM under Aaj Tak News. The programme formed group from Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai. From Hyderabad Dr. S. J. Reddy and another from the Lorry Owners Association participated.

6. 3rd Annual meeting:It was differed to celebrate jointly the 3rd & 4th Annual meeting along with “World Environment Day” on June 5th 2004 in view of the coming elections

7. New Bank Account:Mr. Sarvotham Rao proposed to open a new account in Vijaya Bank as per income tax department advice to avail the tax exemption facility. It is resolved to open an account in the name of the trust Forum For a Better Hyderabad with reference to by laws of the trust deed 24 (No. 339/03). The account will be operated jointly by any two of the following office bearers.
1.Chairman : M.Veda Kumar
2.Secretary : Dr. S.Jeevananda Reddy
3.Treasurer : C.Sarvotham Rao

8.World Water Day Celebration:The Forum members suggested to celebrate World Water Day on 22nd March 2004 and as well “World Earth Day” in April. The theme for the “World Water Day” is “Quality of Water in Twin Cities”. The probable venue will be Necklace Road on 22nd March 2004 at 4pm. SAMATA will analyze the water in different localities in the twin cities [surface/ground water] and present the result at the meeting. The guest speaker on this occasion, tentatively, an official from the Central Ground Water Board. Capt. J. Rama Rao will be forum speaker. Few other NGO Organizations will be sounded for this occasion and to speak. SAMATA will help in making the banners. M. Veda Kumar/Dr. S.J. Reddy are given the responsibility of press release/Police Dept. permission [if necessary]. Member are requested to mobilize the participants for the occasion.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 2nd Saturday the 10th April 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA Office
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Minutes of the 2nd Meeting in 2004 held on 14thFeb 2004 at 4pm at SAMATA Office premises:
Members Present:
01. Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao 02. Capt. J. Rama Rao
03. Sri. N. Rajeswar Rao 04. Sri. R. Ravi
05. Sri. M. Mandal 06. Ms. Franke Quader
07. Sri. V. Praven 08. Sri. M. Veda Kumar
09. Prof. C. Ramachandraiah 10. Sri. M. H. Rao
11. Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy 12. Ms. Sanghamitra Malik
13. Sri. K.S. Murthy (Advocate) 14. Sri. R. Rajamani
15. Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy    

1.A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf of the Forum in AP High Court/Supreme Court

Rock Garden: Dr. S.J. Reddy presented to the members the latest position on this issue. The stay issued by the Hon'ble High Court still continues. With reference to promoter's affidavit to vacate the stay order, a counter was filed.
Musi Pipeline: Capt. J. Rama Rao explained that there was no further progress on this issue after the last meeting

c.Hussainsagar Lake: Capt. J. Rama Rao, R. Rajamani & K. S. Murthy brought to the notice of members on the latest developments around Hussainsagar. These include:
(i) draining of water from the Hussainsagar by raising sluice gates towards Viceroy Hotel. Though HUDA has agreed, at a workshop organized by them on Necklace Road, to close these gates, but yet not implemented the same giving scope for unlawful encroachments along the boundary of the lake;
(ii) massive concrete structure with reinforced steel is under construction near the Rock Garden apparently for a food court;
(iii) building roads around the water bodies near I’Max Theatre and new structures opposite to Deccan Continental Hotel. They suggested that we must take photographs of these structures and we should write letters to PCB, HUDA, MCH, Buddha Poornima Project, Tourism Department on this issue with reference to the High Court’s directive while dismissing our PIL -- dismissed with the proviso that the Government should ensure that the existing area of the water body is not reduced. Dr. S. J. Reddy was authorized to send the letter in consultation with K. S. Murthy and Capt. J. Rama Rao

d.Shamshabad International Airport: R. Ravi informed that the petition on this issue would be submitted to the Supreme Court by the end of this week. He also informed that the lawyer has been paid Rs. 10,000 towards initial expenses. The total cost is estimated around Rs. 30,000, tentatively. In addition to Capt J. Rama Rao & C. Sarvotham Rao, Dr. M. Mandal, Frauke Quader, R. Rajamani, M. Veda Kumar pledged to pay Rs. 1000 each towards this cost.

3.Solid Waste Management: Ms. Sanghamitra Malik apprised the members the initiative they have taken up on the solid waste collection programme in Jubli Hills under Xnora On behalf of Mrs.Indira Lingam the convenor, Solid Waste Mangement Sub-committee
Forum Address : Sri Veda Kumar informed the members as the address of the Forum For A Better Hyderabad will be mentioned as given below for correspondence.
“CHANDRAM” 490, St # 11, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad-500029.
Tel : 27635669 Fax : 27635644 Email : betterhyd@yahoo.co.in
However the Registered Office address remains same i.e., SAMATA Building

4.Heritage: Mr.Veda Kumar .M the Convenor of Heritage Cell of Forum For a better Hyderabad informed the members about the programs under taken by Heritage sub committee with the help of Dr. Mandal and Mrs. Sangamitra Malik.
a.A film show of “The City” which depicts the great monuments and precincts of Heritage of Hyderabad was screened by INTACH on 8th Feb. 2004 with the help of Exhibition Society at the Industrial Exhibition for the general public and committee of the Exhibition Society.
b.Similarly a video film show of HERITAGE AWARDS was organized to Kamala Nehru Polytechnic students. Mr. M. Veda Kumar and exhibition society committee members Mr. Raman Rao and Dr. Srinivasa Rao were present.
c.The upcoming programme is a one day workshop on Heritage Awareness which is planned for selected school children and teachers on 25th Feb, 2004 from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.. This programme will be organized by Form For A Better Hyderabad in association with INTACH in the RAHATMAL Auditorium, Purani Haveli.

5.Pollution : Dr. S. J. Reddy briefed the members on issues discussed at the last two CFE committee meetings. On the 10th February 2004 meeting the CFE Committee cleared for the issue of CFE to the “runway expansion programme at Begumpet Airport” and CFE was rejected for the “Green Woods Golf & Resorts Pvt. Ltd”. On the 28.1.2004 CFE Committee meeting, the committee rejected issue of CFE to M/s Zenotech Laboratories Pvt. Ltd./Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar and M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. (processing plant), Lambapur – Pedagattu Project, Dugyala (V) & Mallapuram (V), P.A.Pally (M), Nalgonda (D). In the case of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. (Mining), Lambapur – Pedagattu Project, Pedagattu (V) & Yellapuram (V), H/o Nammapuram (V), P.A.Pally (M), Nalgonda (D) the CFE committee members decided not to consider the CFE but the PCB proposed to send the decision to government instead rejecting CFE for mining as recommended by the committee. The member from the Forum [Dr. S. J. Reddy] put down his dissent on the issue of sending the case to government.

6.Wildlife:
Capt. J. Rama Rao was nominated as one of the Member, on behalf of Forum, on the “State Board For Wildlife”.

7.Letters to PM & CJ: It was suggested to write letters to Prime Minister – with reference to CMs meet on the request to change to Environmental Act to suit their vested interests and Chief Justice of India with reference to his general observations and suggestions to State High Courts in regard to Environment vs Development. Dr. S. J. Reddy was given the responsibility to send these in consultation with K. S. Murthy and Capt. J. Rama Rao.

8.Green Manifesto: Capt. J. Rama Rao presented to Forum members the draft Green Manifesto circulated earlier. He explained the draft and informed that some members including Rajamani provided additional points. On this issue it was agreed to finalize the Green Manifesto and meet all political parties and give the copy to them asking their reaction in terms of including this issue in their respective election manifestos. For the purpose of finalizing the Green Manifesto, the members proposed a sub-committee consisting of Capt. J. Rama Rao, R. Rajamani, K. S. Murthy and R. Ravi.

9.3rd Annual General Body Meeting: The members decided to organize the 3rd Annual General Body Meeting of Forum on the 31st March 2004. Interested individuals/members of Forum are requested to submit articles for the 3rd Annual Number to be released at this function before the end of February. Mr. Veda Kumar is authorized to finalize the guests to be invited, etc. for this function.
10.Farewell: The members decided to organize farewell to Ms Rani Sharma with high Tea at SAMATA Office on any day between 23rd to 26th February that suits Ms Rani Sharma. The contributions towards this will be decided later.

Next meeting:The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 4 PM on the 2nd Saturday the 13th March 2004 at SAMATA Office.
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Minutes of the 1st meeting in 2004 held on 10th Jan 2004 @ 4.00 pm at SAMATA premises:

Members present:
01.Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
02.Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao
03.Sri A.K. Bawa
04.Capt. J. Rama Rao
05.Ms. Sangamitra Malik
06.Ms. C. Kulsum Reddy
07.Ms. Indira Lingam
08.Ms. Rani Sharma
09.Sri. M. Veda Kumar
10.Ms. Franke Quader
11.Sri. R. Ravi
12.Mr. K.S. Murthy (Advocate)

A review of the present status of different PILs filed on behalf the Forum in AP High Court:
a.Rock Garden:Dr. S.J. Reddy presented the latest position on this issue. The stay issued by the High Court still continues. With reference to the promoter's affidavit, two photographs were given by Prof. C. Ramachandraiah and a copy of the letter of clearance issued by APPCB dated 20.3.2003 with reference to revised architectural plans were sent to Advocate K.S. Murthy.

b.Musi Pipeline:Capt. J. Rama Rao presented the latest position on this issue. He presented forum's view-points orally and in writing to the committee under the Chairmanship of Justice A. Gopal Rao constituted by High Court in this regard. Dr. S.J. Reddy also submitted to the committee two letters written by him and sent through e-mail to Hon’ble Chief Minister to appraise the seriousness of the situation of pollution and requested for an appointment. The convener indicated the possibility of this in January 2004

c.Hussainsagar:Capt. J. Rama Rao briefed the members on the one day public consultation workshop on “Restoration & Management of Hussainsagar Lake” by HUDA & Buddha Poornima Project Authority at Necklace Road on 11th November 2003. This was immediately after Forum's writ petition filed on filling up of Hussainsagar was dismissed by the High Court with the proviso that the Government should ensure that the existing area of the water body is not reduced. Capt. J. Rama Rao and Dr. S. J. Reddy from Forum attended this workshop. The members expressed concern and suggested that Forum should contact HUDA officials to get the status on this.

d.Shamshabad International Airport:The members passed the resolution authorizing Capt. J. Rama Rao to sign the special leave petition to be filed in Supreme Court on behalf of the Forum. K.S. Murthy, Advocate briefed the committee on the case. It was tentatively estimated that the cost would be around Rs. 30,000 of which some amount will be shared by SAMATA. It was agreed to pay Rs. 10,000 from Forum fund towards the initial cost. Capt J. Rama Rao & C. Sarvotham Rao pledged to pay Rs. 1000 each towards this cost.

2.Solid Waste Management:Sri. Vedakumar brought to the notice of the members the serious problem of improper solid waste management in the Twin Cities. He also suggested that the Convener Ms. Indira Lingam to take more members on the sub-committee to speed up the matter. Ms. Indira Lingam proposed that Forum members should meet S.R. Rao Principal Secretary - Municipal Administration to discuss issues related to Solid Waste Management in the capital city. Members suggested that the issues that are to be discussed with him should first be prepared and discussed internally.

3.Heritage:Sri Veda Kumar.M informed the members on the proposed workshop to be organized jointly by Forum Heritage cell and INTAC in which children and teachers from 12 schools are expected to participate. He also informed that along with Dr.Mandal he is working to immediate ward-wise listing HBs and HPs. Ms. Rani Sharma proposed to have a meeting/round table conference on heritage buildings [government & private] in which heritage building owners, authorities, conservation groups/NGOs and Forum Heritage cell , etc. can participate.

4.Pollution:Dr. S. J. Reddy briefed the members on the latest problems with bulk drug Manufacturing industries.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the Forum will be held on 4pm on Saturday the 14th February 2004 at SAMATA Office.
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Minutes of the meeting held on 13th December 2003 at SAMATA premises:
Members present:
1. Sri. R. Rajamani 2. Ms. Frauke Quader
3. Sri. C. Sarvotham Rao 4. Sri. M.H.Rao
5. Sri. M. Veda Kumar 6. Sri. C. Ramachandraiah
7. Dr. M. Mandal 8. Ms. Rani Sharma
9. Sri. Ravi    
   

Sri Veda Kumar informed the members that the trust deed has been registered with the Sub-Registrar and that after getting the copy in a day or two, it will he submitted to the Income  Tax Authorities  for getting PAN as well as for getting exemption under sec 80G. of  I.T. Act. The dept. may take 2 or 3 months for getting the exemption as they are now processing applications of August 2003

 

Sri Veda Kumar informed that the website  has been registered  for  2004 with M/s India Registers @ Rs. 1250/- per annum and Rs. 3600 towards maintenance charges for updating the website twice in a month with M/s Sri Sai Surya Web Works. He also advised the members that here after they can send their letters/material to the forum's

E-mail: betterhyd@yahoo.co.in or Mr. Veda Kumar's E-mail: chelimi@yahoo.com

 

A review of the present status of the P.I.Ls filed in A.P. High court was taken up.  

Sri. Sarvotham Rao advised that:

a.

Regarding Rock garden:
  After a stay order was issued, the promoter field an affidavit that he is not violating any conditions laid down by the P.C.B and that the P.C.B. has also advised that the member from the forum also had concerned with that opinion. Sri. Ramachandraiah disagreed with the statement. He was requested to talk to our advocate Mr. Murthy and see that a counter affidavit is filed immediately.
b. Reg. Musi Pipeline
  The A.P. High Court had formed a committee to study the matter. Capt. Rama Rao is in touch. Appearing before the committee on the afternoon of 13/12 and we can get latest feedback from him later
c. Regarding Hyderabad International Airport
  Dismissed by the High Court on the ground that Airport is not a polluting into city. Copy of the Judgment awaited. To study and prepare appeal to Supreme Court. Sri. Rajamani said that in our appeal we should challenge the power of the state government to grant exemptions. Sri. C. Ramachandraiah informed that J.N.T.U had made a detailed study on the inflows into the reservoirs and he was asked to give it to the advocate for his study. The name of Mr. N.C. Mehta, Venkataramani etc. senior advocates of the S.C. and their availability for our case was discussed. It was decided to first find out their legal fees before we can take a decision.
d. Regarding Hussainsagar Lake:
  Case dismissed with the proviso that  the Govt. should ensure that the existing  area of the water body is not reduced. It is learnt that HUDA wants to build a new bund on the Deccan Continental Hotel with silt which can be dredged from the lake. Since this would further reduce the area of the lakes it would amount to contempt of court and we should take it up with the court. Ms. Rani Sharma felt that it may be worth while to meet Mr. S.R. Rao. The new secretary of Municipal administration who may  be more receptive.
e. Industrial Projects
 

As Dr. S. J. Reddy was absent, this mater was not discussed. After going through the agenda papers under point 3 it was decided to entrust the following subjects to different persons

     
Item (1)
Urban Development, slums and other related matters
Smt. Rani Sharma
Convenor
Item(2)
Heritage, Culture etc
Mr. Veda Kumar
Convenor
Item(3)
Rock Formation & ecology
Ms. Frauke Quader
Convenor
Item(4), (9) & (10)
Urban parks, Forests, Birds & Wildlife
Mr. C. Sarvotham Rao
Convenor
Item(5)
Urban Lakes  & Water Bodies:
Mr. C. Ramachandraiah
Convenor
Item(6) & (7)
Urban Transportation, Traffic, Noise Pollution, Auto Pollution, Industrial Pollution etc
Dr. S.J. Reddy
Convenor
Item(8)
Solid Waste Management
Mrs. Indira Lingal / Mrs. Sangamitra Malik
Convenor
 
Releasing of the 3rd Annual Number was taken up. It was decided to hold this function on 25/2/2004. All contributors of articles were requested to send them on or before 31/1/04
 
Regarding quarterly newsletter it was felt that we may explore the possibility of getting a column every month in a reputed newspaper's city supplement. Times of India may be willing according to Smt. Rani Sharma. Times of India to be sounded.
 

Mr. Veda Kumar informed that in collaboration with INTACH. It is proposed to start Heritage club in schools to train teachers and students and to create interest in them on heritage issues. Ms. Frauke Quader informed that the Tourism department has already initiated starting of tourism clubs in schools and this may facilitated us. Smt. Rani Sharma has agreed to coordinate these activities for the next two months with the assistance of

Dr. Mandal, Vasantha Shoba and Veda Kumar. Veda Kumar suggested that INTACH & our forum can consider adopting a private heritage building  for maintenance as the present owners are unable to maintain them. Banks are being approached for assistance. Smt. Rani Sharma suggested that there should be a regular dialogue with the private owners of heritage building who do not have the means to maintain these old and huge buildings.
The forum thanked Sri. Ravi of Samata for permitting the ues of his premises both for holding the forum's meeting and for permitting the forum address to be the same as SAMATA.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the forum will be held at 4pm on Saturday the 10th Jan, 2004 at Samata Office
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