Begumpet road is plagued with the problem of construction and repair works. The denizens are worried that apart from the traffic and pollution, the onset of monsoons will add to the road’s already growing problems
Too much of anything is bad, so is the case with development, especially, when the work is left half finished. Begumpet main road is one of the busiest and one of the most important roads that
connects Secunderabad and Hyderabad. Heavy traffic congestion on the road during peak hours is not new. But the recent development work which is in progress for the last three months is.“Even otherwise, the traffic moves at a snail pace but for the last few months it’s been worse. It is dug up and even if there is no traffic one cannot ride fast as the risk of accidents is high,” fumes Aishwarya S, Deloite employee.
First the electricity board dug up both sides of the road to lay wires. Post that, the road was not laid with tar but with fine gravel and mud. Later, the sewerage and water board started pre-monsoon work. A few weeks back new water pipe line work and new cable work has started.Currently both the sides of Begumpet road from Hyderabad Public School up to Anand Theater are in a bad condition.
“The traffic police is doing a great job. They have deployed extra personnels to divert traffic, during peak hours. Many initiatives have been executed, but what’s the point? On one hand they are working on free flow of traffic and on the other hand departments dig up the road,” complains Sri Kamalam, Shiksha.com employee.
Several minor accidents take place everyday, due to the kacha road. Citizens are worried about the condition once it starts raining. “Firstly Hyderabadis do not follow traffic rules. To add to that bad road and dust. I am looking to avoid this road during monsoons,” says Sonali W, a media professional.
Traffic police department too empathises with the citizens. “It’s been like this for the last three months. Slow moving traffic and accidents have become common. With the monsoons the condition will get worse,” says Sudarshan, traffic inspector, Begumpet.
Corporator T Maheshwari says, “We have undertaken new projects. We have to even the road by layering it with mud and then tar to avoid the cracks on the tar roads.” When we questioned that the mud would anyway get washed away by rains he said, “Yes, that is true but we do not have another option. We have no choice but to do what we are doing now.”
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