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Not a smooth ride

Not a smooth ride
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Monsoon is long gone but bad roads continue to irk Hyderabadis. The residents of New Vivekananda Nagar, Padmanagar and other intersecting colonies in Chintal are struggling due to bad roads. Inspecting colonies to address the needs and grievances of the residents has become the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner’s mission after recent orders from the Chief Minister,

Residents of New Vivekananda Nagar Colony have to brave pothole laden and wet roads

Monsoon is long gone but bad roads continue to irk Hyderabadis. The residents of New Vivekananda Nagar, Padmanagar and other intersecting colonies in Chintal are struggling due to bad roads. Inspecting colonies to address the needs and grievances of the residents has become the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner’s mission after recent orders from the Chief Minister, but the story of this colony highlights the sad state of affairs where uniform concrete roads are being dug up for laying pipelines and later abandoned.

A resident of Padmanagar says that the authorities have laid proper roads for commuters after years and then within months it’s dug up again. The ongoing road cutting work to lay underground cables and pipelines at different locations of these colonies is adding to the woes of residents.

Another resident alleges that all routes leading to her house have been blocked. “The authorities could have taken up work in a phase-wise manner; it would have left us with an alternate choice of route, but they clearly seem to be ignorant of our plight. The municipal authorities should do a thorough check of all the important routes within colonies leading to the main road,” she adds.

The recent rains that lashed the city have made it a nightmare for motorists to travel on these roads. With no signboard indicating ‘work in progress’ or showing any diversion of route, commuters are falling prey to accidents. Moreover, private vehicle drivers, especially cab and auto drivers refuse to enter the colony due to these bad roads.

A few metres away, concrete roads in another phase of the same colony were dug up to lay sewage pipeline in December last year but no been repair works have been started till date. “We are assured that the road will be repaired soon after the officials complete their work, but the civic officials don’t look back after the completion of work. They fail to restore roads once the work is complete,” complains a resident of Padmanagar colony. With such bad condition of roads and government officials at blame, the suffering of the colony residents and other commuters is far from being lessened.

By:Navatha Y

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