In Abids, there is no end to traffic woes. Even the collector’s office is not spared from it. Every Monday, Hyderabad’s district collectorate office at Chirag Ali Lane is host to at least 200 to 300 citizens who address their grievances with the collector personally, as part of the “collector grievance cell.” It is on these days, and the rest that the traffic management is chaotic and calls for immediate attention.
The collectorate building is located in the narrow Chirag Ali lane where usually, the traffic movement is hampered by a lack of traffic sense and management. On Mondays, it gets even worse as all the citizens with their grievances are forced to park their vehicles outside the collector’s office which are preyed upon by the traffic police.
Rough handling by the security has also caused a tense atmosphere at the office where the security personnel have disregarded their basic duty of being courteous and helpful to the visitors.
Hyderabad’s collector, Natarajan Gulzar when contacted about this issue said, “We are in the process of shifting our premises and revamping the old premises. In fact, a GO has been issued with regard to this and we are currently considering a few locations in Basheerbagh for the district collectorate and magistrate office.”
The collector has however assured that he will alert the traffic police about this situation and look into the matter personally after being informed of complaints against rough and rash handling of people and vehicles in the office by security personnel.
Additional commissioner of police (traffic) of Abids, A Bala Krishna was not aware. He said,
“We were never informed of vehicles being towed away. I shall make arrangements on Mondays for vehicle parking.”
Although the problem is not just restricted to one particular day of the week, visitors feel that the assurances made offer respite from the traffic woes. D Mangaiha, pension collector at the district collectorate said, “Not just traffic, the security here is rude, not considering the fact that we are elderly and weak. I hope that the collector instills a little discipline in them.”
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