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Updated: January 7, 2014 23:00 IST

Sindhi Colony road now a pale shadow of its glorious yesterdays

Nemmani Sreedhar
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A boy dodging water that had seeped out from an overflowing drain at Sindhi Colony on Tuesday. -Photo: Nagara Gopal
THE HINDU A boy dodging water that had seeped out from an overflowing drain at Sindhi Colony on Tuesday. -Photo: Nagara Gopal

An uneven concrete patch through the main road here is troubling motorists and pedestrians to no end

It once was a prime locality, boasting some of the city’s best food joints, but the Sindhi Colony of today lies in a shambles.

Overflowing sewage, uneven road surfaces and slipshod repair works have turned the main road that cuts across the colony into a literal nightmare for commuters.

Those who depend on the stretch as an alternative to the overcrowded Begumpet main road are especially inconvenienced, colony residents complain.

“The main road has been in a shambles for long. One utility company after the other digs up the carriageway and leaves a broken road behind,” colony resident Sanjiv Kumar complained.

A major pipeline work was completed recently and the dug-up area was covered with concrete. But instead of providing comfort, this concrete patch, which runs the entire length of the road, has become a bane for the motorists, he observed.

For one, the gaps between the concrete patch and the broken metal road pose a serious threat to motorists. It is also uneven as vehicles were allowed to ply on it before the concrete could set in, posing a serious threat to the motorists, particularly those driving two-wheelers, Mr. Kumar observed.

The roads here are dusty too, he said, adding that the only solution would be to lay a fresh layer of metal over the current road. Merely filling the holes with tar will only complicate matters as it would leave a trail of uneven carriageway, he said.

“The irony of the situation in our colony is that arterial roads are well-maintained, but the main road is completely ignored,” octogenarian Parminder Singh complained. The problems become pronounced during the rainy season when the drainage system overflowed, filling the road with water, he said.

“Each year, the road is repaired after rainy season, but this year officials have been delaying the recarpeting of this key road,” Mr. Singh said. The lack of coordination among departments and official apathy has turned the colony into a neglected backyard, he said.

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To My Friends in Sindhi Colony
My suggestions to correct your street problems.
1. Form a community team and complain collectively.
2. If no positive response, Don't re-elect the current ward member nor
the Mayor. Send them a signed letter and tell them what your plans
(no re-election of ---) & stick to your agenda.
2. If for any good reason, road repair starts, your community team
leader should take the initiative in meeting the designated engineer
and contractor and tell them you are monitoring the progress. Request
them to be diliigent in doing their duties and if they run into
problems, to inform you.
3. Be persistent and set an example for other communities.
Corruption is like cancer, we need to take adequate steps in the
beginning to cure it.

from:  P.N. Reddy
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014 at 13:19 IST
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