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Rains expose inferior quality of road works

Rains expose inferior quality of road works
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The recent downpour in the city has once again exposed the inferior quality of material being used in constructing roads by the contractors. The huge...

Hyderabad: The recent downpour in the city has once again exposed the inferior quality of material being used in constructing roads by the contractors. The huge gaps and potholes describe the pathetic condition of roads causing inconvenience to the locals and motorists every day.

On several stretches, even a little spell of rain is enough to wash away the bitumen (BT) on roads giving rise to muddy and sticky roads and creating waterlogging. Many areas including, Fr Balaiah Nagar, Citizen Colony, Venkatapuram, Old Alwal main road and Temple Alwal are a few areas that see the worst condition of roads during the downpour.

B Maheshwar, Executive Engineer, GHMC Alwal, Circle 16, ward no 132, said, "Around 30 to 40 percent road works are being carried out in this circle. We are working on the internal areas that include Fr Balaiah Nagar, Citizen Colony and Old Alwal." For two-wheelers, it is a backbreaking journey while for car owners, it could potentially burn a hole in their pocket. An example of this is the road near AOC centre that connects to East Maredpally.

The condition of this road gets affected during rainfall. The road is covered with many potholes that cause traffic congestion in peak hours. Water gets filled in these potholes causing inconvenience for the commuters especially the two-wheelers. Adding to this, there are no streetlights resulting in complete darkness in the area in evening hours.

Besides the approach roads, the condition of internal roads in several areas including Sai baba Colony and Vinayak Nagar in Malkajgiri, East Maredpally to Parade Ground, Telecom colony in Kanajiguda and Secundrabad Cantonment road has become no less than a disaster area.

Motorists traveling from JBS towards Secundrabad Club have to negotiate their way through potholed roads. Anil Raju, Executive Engineer, GHMC-Malkajgiri, said, "We are waiting for the downpour to stop. Till then, we cannot help in this situation."

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