There is hope in the horizon for citizens battered by bad road stretches dotting the twin cities. Top officials of the Roads & Buildings and the GHMC met and later inspected several such roads on Thursday to finalise modalities for annual maintenance of R&B roads by the municipal corporation.
The issue on the table was to whether hand over all the R&B roads maintenance within the jurisdiction of GHMC to the latter or allow certain “problematic” stretches prone to periodic damages due to wear and tear or during monsoon.
Principal Secretary of R&B S.P. Singh, GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu, Additional Commissioner K.Dhananjaya Reddy (Planning), Engineering-in-Chief R. Dhan Singh and other senior officials took part in the meeting and later inspected roads at Habsiguda, Tarnaka, Punjagutta, Kukatpally, Erragadda, Inner Ring Road, Karkhana and so on.
For decades the issue has been simmering between both the departments since some of the key roads criss-crossing the capital to an extent of nearly 180 km belong to R&B. The municipal corporation has been getting much flak whenever roads are damaged as they are unable to do any repairs while R&B claims to be constrained by varied priorities and funds allocations.
It is in this backdrop that the GHMC has been seeking authorisation for repairing R&B roads too allowing the latter to do capital works like fresh roads or to build flyovers. The matter was taken up to the level of the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and he had directed both organisations to thrash out a solution. GHMC alone has to maintain about 7,000 km of roads including cement and metal stretches. Therefore, its officials do not see much of a problem if R&B stretches too are handed over for maintenance. “If R&B roads are handed over fully, it will cost Rs.20 crore. Both engineering-in-chiefs are to meet to decide cost estimates for total handover or some stretches,” said senior officials.
Officials also surveyed the National Highway to be widened at Kukatpally and Bahadurpura where the metro rail project. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMR) would be footing the bill for both widening as well as land acquisition of properties, senior officials said. Mr. Krishna Babu also directed his staff to remove the remnants of old divider between Tarnaka and Mettuguda for safety reasons and for free vehicular movement.