Monkey menace tops the list of problems haunting the residents of Kavadiguda municipal division, which is represented by Deputy Mayor of Hyderabad, G. Raj Kumar.
Though it has been 100 days since Mr. Kumar has assumed charge as the Deputy Mayor, locals feel not much has been done to contain the monkey menace in his division.
The extent of problem is such that every house in these localities have fixed iron grills to their windows and ventilators, just to keep the monkeys away.
Naaz Cafe and Arya Samaj areas are the worst hit and the problem is reported occasionally in other parts of the division too. “It is an old problem. We hoped the problem would be addressed at least after our corporator became the Deputy Mayor. But we are disappointed now,” says Rajesh, a businessman.
Erratic water supply is also a common complaint at Kindhi Basthi area. “The water pressure is very low and we are forced to use pumps to draw water,” says Srikanth, a resident.
Assessing the sanitation situation in the division, residents, particularly those living behind the Gandhinagar police outpost, complain that roads are not swept regularly. “We don't see any sweepers in the lanes. The main roads, however, are maintained well,” says Kishan Rao, a local resident.
Mounds of debris are found dumped around the area where JNNURM houses are under construction. Locals have converted the area into a dumping yard for garbage and debris over a period of time. People bring garbage and trash from households and dispose it here at will, say locals.
Breeding of mosquitoes too is a common complaint followed by defunct streetlights. Kindhi Basthi, Market and Weaker Section Colony are worst affected by this problem.
However, all is not bad in this division. Roads have been recently re-carpeted, although one stretch of road at Kavadiguda still needs repairs.
Mr. Kumar says the escalating prices and shortage of sand forced him to put on hold several development works in the division. “The renovation of the community hall, construction of library and others worth Rs.1 crore are waiting to be grounded.” Issues pertaining to monkey menace and sweeping would be immediately looked into, he added.