Civic amenities go for a toss at IT corridor
THE HANS INDIA |
Jan 11,2017 , 11:16 PM IST
It may be a case of one of the most apathetic attitudes and blatant carelessness of government bodies that people of the plush IT corridor are raising complaints akin to the ones usually heard in the Old City.
This includes things like dysfunctional public toilets, poor public transportation, unhygienic and unsanitary food and water facilities among others.
Residents informed that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has not yet installed a public toilet within 7km radius of the IT corridor.
Employees from Q City, Gachibowli to IDBI Junction claim that the Corporation, in spite of collecting highest revenues from this part of the city, has failed to provide basis civic amenities.
Besides this, about 3,000 workers including courier boys, cab drivers and daily wage labourers, who have been interdependent of the IT employees, rue that despite tall claims the civic body has failed to meet its promises.
Sharing his experience, Rajeev Kumar, a 33-year-old employee working in CMC said that that the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has failed to provide a public toilet and drinking water facilities in the area.
Kumar pointed out that even though there are bio-toilets installed beyond the corridor, they have been dysfunctional.
K Lakshmamma, a 56-year-old street vendor, who has been serving at road side eateries, lamented that the Corporation has not yet set up the ‘Rs 5 meal counter and drinking water facilities’.
She opined that these would be a great help to the workers as they can satiate the hunger of at least 2,000 workers on a daily basis.
Interestingly, even IT employees requested the civic body to provide hygienic food along with offering them a subsidy. S Naveen Kumar, a 35-year-old, working for an MNC said that the employees in the vicinity are consuming unhygienic food, which is served in cans and containers on the roadside at not less than Rs 40 a pack.
He requested the Corporation to set up subsidised meal counters.
Both employees and workers rued the apathy of HMWSSB for not providing drinking water facilities.
"Most of us including street vendors in the neighbourhood depend on bore water to quench our thirst,” said Ram Shanker, a 35-year-old private employee.