KTR writes to defence minister Rajnath Singh seeking opening of AOC roads in Hyderabad | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Telangana municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao urged union defence minister Rajnath Singh to instruct the Local Military Authorities (LMA) of Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) to immediately open all these roads and restrain them from taking any unilateral and arbitrary decision for closure of any of the public roads without following the due process, as contemplated under Section 258 of Cantonment Act 2006.
KTR said closure of AOC roads by the LMA of Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) was affecting millions of citizens daily, dwelling in north and north-eastern parts of Hyderabad.
“In an arbitrary and unauthorized manner, the local authorities are frequently resorting to the closure of these roads, resulting in untold misery to large sections of people as they have to take detours to commute daily,” he said in the letter sent on Thursday.
The minister had written letters on the issue earlier also seeking intervention of the union defence minister in resolving the lone pending issue. In his July 2020 letter, he said the LMA had shut down four important roads – Allahabad Gate, Gough Road, Wellington Road, and Ordinance Road citing a surge in COVID19 cases.
“The roads are closed often for reasons bordering on frivolity. The state had taken up all required necessary measures to contain Covid 19 including lockdown imposed in May and June, 2021 and seeing the improvement, the lockdown was eased. Surprisingly, roads are now closed for the same Covid 19 reasons,” KTR said.
The municipal minister said no public roads can be closed by LMA or any authority other than SCB that too without following the procedure under Section 258 of the Cantonment Act 2006.
Blatantly defying all standard operating procedures, guidelines, and instruction of MoD, the continued closure of roads. Infact, LMA has added more roads to such closures. Apart from it leading to innumerable sufferings to millions of people, the LMA is almost disobeying and neglecting its own SOP and guidelines, KTR said.
He said the Defence ministry in September 2018 had reviewed the matter of the closure of roads and superseding all above orders or anything contained therein has insisted on the absolute necessity to follow the procedure prescribed under Section 258 of the Cantonment Act, 2006 and has directed that no public road in the Cantonment shall be closed by the LMA without following the due process.

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