While the GHMC blames the traffic police for not providing permission to carry out road repair work, the cops deny that any such request is pending with them

Tough times never last, tough people do, an old cliché says. But the tough times faced by the city motorists never seem to be ending, thanks to the lack of coordination between different departments. While the traffic police submitted a comprehensive list of areas and stretches that were damaged due to rain to the GHMC, the municipal authorities seem to put the onus on traffic police for not giving them permission to carryout repairs.

Responding to reports that road repair works were being hampered due to lack of permissions from the traffic police, city traffic police chief Amit Garg reiterated that no such requests were pending with the department.

Alternative routes

“We give permissions for repair work or modification on roads only when there is enough space for the traffic to proceed while the work is in progress. Key stretches like those between Indira Park and RTC Crossroads cannot be cordoned off to allow repair works,” Mr. Garg said. To allow a repair work, alternative routes have to be identified and work has to be taken up lane-by-lane and stretch-by-stretch, he explained.

As the roads are still in a bad shape reducing the average traffic speed, the traffic police have also started micro managing each junction according to the prevailing conditions at that place to ease the congestion.

At Rasulpura junction, the right turn towards Minister’s Road is being closed during the morning peak hours to give better carriageway to the traffic rushing from Secunderabad towards Punjagutta junction. Similarly, an extra lane is being reserved on Rasulpura-Secunderabad stretch to facilitate vehicular movement.

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