The City administration, that is the GHMC, and police have never claimed they do a great job in making the City fit for safe living. But the least the tax payer expects from them is a reasonably safe set up. And yet, every day hundreds of people who have seen better governance elsewhere are overwhelmed by the insensitivity of the authorities towards numerous death traps that await the unwary every day.
The Postnoon photo team captured some outrageous instances that encapsulate official apathy and popular indifference to dangerous living. In the ‘hi-tech’ Madhapur area, for instance, one sees a metre-long sharp iron pole on the roadside protruding menacingly, endangering pedestrians and motorists. Only the extremely lucky would escape death on a dark night when the streetlights are out.
Lorries carrying iron rods whose tips extend several metres behind is another shocking daily scene on our City streets.
Nobody has thought about what will happen when it deviates from its path. Similarly, building contractors show their devil-may-care attitude by cutting and welding iron rods on busy roads such as Jubilee Hills. APtransco claims a share of some dangerous installations on crowded streets.
It’s an egg-and-chicken situation. Is the public indifference leading to official apathy or vice versa?
Report and pictures by N Shiva Kumar, Srinivas Setty, PK Surendran, Ranjani Rajendra