The recent incident of a main road caving in at Punjagutta throws light on the utter neglect of the roads in the City’s core areas.While the City beautification project still has to face numerous obstacles, it is no surprise that incidents like the road caving in at Punjagutta continue to happen.
Core areas in the City that will be playing host to the CoP 2012 are the Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills areas. The stretch from Nagarjuna Circle to Punjagutta, Rd No 18 and Rd No 12 of Banjara Hills are examples of bad maintenance.Another infamous road is Rd No 12 that is always filled with sewage water or loose gravel.
While the problems are many, the promises are very few. Authorities at the GHMC continue to feign ignorance over the state of these roads and when confronted, the blame game begins.Deputy municipal commissioner, T Sakala Reddy said, “Repair works had been conducted in most of these stretches as a part of the City beautification project. Now that you have brought it to our notice, we will look into this matter.”
The executive engineer of Circle 5 too has just promises to make.“The contractor involved in clearing up these roads has not responded to our summons. Furthermore, the responsibility of the above mentioned roads belongs to the R&B department but we do try and help them nonetheless,” says Mohan Singh.
The contractor engaged in repairing these roads is one Abbas who has allegedly gone missing. So, while the officials continue to await Abbas’ return, the state of these roads will continue to remain the same.
Kalicharan, a resident of Banjara Hills Rd No 12 says, “When it rains, it is impossible to drive through this junction without being splashed by sewage water. And when the lights go out at night, there is no guarantee of our safety”
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