Even as residents of Qutbullapur have to wade through dirty water almost everyday on the Chintal-Suchitra stretch, officials ignore the drainage overflow, which has the potential to trigger contagious diseases
It is literally a small tank on the main road, and residents of Vajpayee Nagar of Qutbullapur have to wade through dirty water almost everyday on the Chintal-Suchitra stretch. Yet, officials turn a blind eye to the drainage overflow, which has the potential to trigger contagious diseases.
Bal Reddy of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar in Jeedimetla travels daily by this road and has to wade through stagnated water on his two-wheeler. Numerous complaints were made by residents but to no avail.
People living in the locality are not sure if clogged drainage or some other reason is resulting in drainage overflow. All the same, polluted water accumulates on the road before entering the nala a few yards away.
“One can imagine the state of internal roads and drainage in residential colonies if this is the condition on the main road,” says Mr. Reddy.
Not just choked drainage lines, several parts of the seven divisions of the Qutbullapur circle in the GHMC area with a population of nearly five lakh are besieged with potholed roads, inadequate water supply, mosquito menace and poor street lighting.
With small and medium chemical industrial units located at Jeedimetla, locals allege that the groundwater, too, is polluted in several surrounding localities.
“Take any parameter like street lighting or drainage lines, Qutbullapur is a highly neglected area,” says Pasha, Lok Satta’s Assembly segment in-charge.
Roads at Ganeshnagar are pathetic, and half the streetlights do not work. Thousands of women from various parts of the city go to work in pharmaceutical units and other factories there.
The absence of streetlights on the main as well as internal roads is not only resulting in accidents but also creating a conducive atmosphere for offenders.
A peculiar situation in Qutbullapur is that cement roads were laid in some localities but dug up within a few weeks for laying drainage lines, according to Mr. Pasha.
The contractors are supposed to relay the roads after fixing drainage pipes. But, the work is left at that point.
Eventually, the holes get widened, and the road gets completely damaged.
Baswaraj, a trader from Gajularamaram, points out that drinking water pipelines at some places are getting damaged, as heavy vehicles carrying goods to local factories use the road.
In some areas, drinking water is supplied once in a week or five days.