Despite shelling a premium price for acquiring property, residents have to drive on the roads full of potholes

There hardly is anything high tech about the roads in several residential areas around the much sought after Hi-tec City area.

With Madhapur-Gachibowli emerging as the heart of city’s IT and ITeS activity, the vicinities have metamorphosed into a bustling residential zone with scores of apartments coming up in the last few years.

However, despite shelling out premium cost for acquiring property here, residents in most of the colonies are forced to take a bumpy ride given the woeful conditions of the roads. The road along the Botanical Garden connecting Mumbai old highway at Gachibowli is one such case.

The entire stretch on either side has scores of apartments and many more in varying stages of completion. It is also the road that is used by hundreds of vehicles to reach Madhapur, Jubilee Hills and Secunderabad from Gachibowli, Chandanagar, Ramachandrapuram and Patancheru.

Yet, pathetic is the stretch with craters, pits and roads cut at different points. Close to Chirec School, the road condition worsens with gravelly pits and forcing vehicles to slowdown, negotiate it carefully and then continue, only to be greeted with more cut roads ahead.

“The road conditions make us wonder if we were wise to have bought a flat at Rs.3,700 per sft,” remarks Piyush Jain, a resident of Masid Banda.

Close to the temple near Masid Banda, the entire road was dug up for pipe-laying work last year and not restored later. “I do not understand how the road could be left just like that. Are the officials not supposed to ensure that the road is restored and made usable,” complains Ashok Reddy, a resident of Sudarshan Nagar.

The road along the Botanical Garden turns out to be a dangerous one to drive along, particularly at the night, given the sharp edges. Narrow when compared to the main road, it peters out at the edges and pose risks of skidding down for the two-wheeler drivers.

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