Hyderabad Road user charges on way

Hyderabad Road user charges on way
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After taxing denizens in several ways, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is contemplating to burden Hyderabadis with \'road maintenance\' charges. Speaking to The Hans India, GHMC mayor Bonthu Rammohan said that the civic body was planning to lay high quality BT roads across the city for which maintenance charges would have to be paid by users in their respective areas. 

Hyderabad: After taxing denizens in several ways, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is contemplating to burden Hyderabadis with 'road maintenance' charges. Speaking to The Hans India, GHMC mayor Bonthu Rammohan said that the civic body was planning to lay high quality BT roads across the city for which maintenance charges would have to be paid by users in their respective areas.

When queried about the additional burden, the mayor said that GHMC was chalking out plans to ensure that there is minimal burden on denizens. "Our aim is to increase the quality of BT roads in the city and also make private contractors accountable.

The proposal to implement such a method has been discussed with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and it will be placed before the standing committee for eliciting the views of members."He clarified that officials have been chalking out a mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability to citizens before collecting 'road maintenance' charges.

These roads would be laid by private contractors and handed over to residential welfare associations for further maintenance. Explaining the scheme of things, he said areas and ward committees would co-ordinate with local welfare associations and involve them in the collection of user charges. These ward committees would be constituted by GHMC in consultation with the council members.

When questioned about the poor condition of the road from St Ann’s School in Secunderabad to the CM's camp office in Begumpet, the mayor said that the road would be repaired in three weeks. "We plan to add another four inches to the existing BT road. Due to Metro rail constructions and Water Board works, there is a delay in road repair works. There is heavy traffic movement even at 1 am. I get calls of congestion even during the early hours," he said.

Apart from collecting 'road maintenance' charges, we are also planning to adopt a common duct practice adopted by the Bengaluru corporation where the size of a footpath would be increased at least by four feet and four ducts would be laid underneath it to carry sewerage water, electrical wires, telephone wires and drinking water pipelines.

He said GHMC was planning to implement the project on pilot basis on stretches between Tarnaka and LB Nagar and some other stretches in Gachibowli area where the flow of traffic would be less when compared to core areas in the city. “Unlike Bengaluru, we will have common ducts under footpaths on both sides of the roads and a junction would be created every 150 m to connect the left and right ducts,” he said. The GHMC council meeting is likely to be held before March 20.

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