Residents of BRP Road, Abdul Khadir Street, Islampeta and other surrounding localities in One Town are facing untold problems because of the continuing pollution and other woes caused by the presence of iron scrap, welding and other such shops.

Endless noise pollution, damage to vehicle tyres because of iron pieces and scrap, problems for pedestrians and encroachment of road margin by shop owners are some of the perennial sources of concern for the locals.

This has made it a daily misery for the life of residents, who pass through these roads from nearby localities.

In the recent flooding of parts of One Town area, the BRP Road and Abdul Khadir Street figured prominently due to absence of an outlet.

Local people expressed concern that no developmental activities are being taken up in the area because of the constant refusal of iron shop owners to move to the city outskirts to ease pollution and traffic congestion in One Town. “There are nearly 60 iron shops here. Though notices were given to them, these shops continue to remain here. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation should take stringent steps to move them to Bhavanipuram,” says Md. Basha, a Central Government employee.

He expresses concern over the fact that though the VMC issued notices, not even one iron shop owner had shifted from the locality.

Though land was allotted at Bhavanipuram and steps were taken to support the shop owners, there is no progress in this effort.

The sparks coming from the welding works are a matter of constant concern for the road users.

Also, the loud noise always bothers the passers-by.

The local people want the VMC authorities and the traffic police to take a look at the conditions in these areas for initiating fresh steps to solve pollution and congestion problems.

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