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Caught in the middle of civic apathy

Caught in the middle of civic apathy
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High-rise buildings, bungalows of films stars and politicians dot Film Nagar. And at the bottom of the hill lies Babu Jagjivan Ram Nagar. The spic and span roads of Film Nagar give way to squalor, corrugated roof houses and stink. The contrast is striking and the lack of development apparent.

High-rise buildings, bungalows of films stars and politicians dot Film Nagar. And at the bottom of the hill lies Babu Jagjivan Ram Nagar. The spic and span roads of Film Nagar give way to squalor, corrugated roof houses and stink. The contrast is striking and the lack of development apparent.

The reason for the sorry state of affairs can be traced to the fact that the eighteen bastis in and around Babu Jagjivan Ram Nagar fall under two divisions: Khairatabad and Jubilee Hills. S Shiva, a resident of BJR Nagar, says, “Whenever a corporator of one of the divisions wanted to take up work, the other put a spoke. As a result not a single developmental activity has been taken up in the last five years.”

 Sewage is a biggest problem in BJR Nagar

Urban Health Post abandoned

The Urban Health Post at BJR Nagar has been abandoned for almost four years and drainage water has seeped into the building. Locals say that it was abandoned as it was in a low lying area. Mani, a local, says, “Many politicians came here and promised us that the restoration of health post would be taken up but thanks to the tiff between corporators of both divisions, work did not start.” Presently, the health post is being run at rented premises a few kilometres away.

Sorry state of Kotha Cheruvu

Abutting the BJR Nagar is Kotha Cheruvu, a water tank that not so long ago was full of fish. But now it is stinking, thanks to the effluents that are let into the tank from Apollo Hospital and Rama Naidu Studio. Srinivas, a resident, says, “There was a time when we caught fish weighing 5 kg. Today, there is no fish in the tank. All the waste from Film Nagar enters into the water body.”

A wire mesh was put by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) a few years ago, but in most parts the mesh was removed and people throw garbage into the tank. Ravi, a kirana store owner, says that the people in bastis are suffering for no fault of theirs. “Just because the area falls under two divisions, no developmental activity is done. We have complained to the concerned authorities several times but no one bothers.”

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