For many, Banjara Hills is a picturesque locality with its plush houses, smooth roads and luxury cars zooming past. But certain colonies in Banjara Hills present a contrasting picture.
The NBT Nagar on Road No.12 happens to be one among them. Potholed and cratered road surfaces, overflowing garbage bins and inadequate streetlights sum up the civic woes of the local residents of the area. Situated inside the infamous ‘Kaman' on Banjara Hills Road No.12, the colony is inhabited by many working class families. The roads in the colony are potholed while at a few places they were dug up for some works only to be never restored. The manhole covers are raised above the level of the road surface forcing motorists to be careful lest their vehicles gets damaged. “Those new to the area have a sour experience with the raised manhole covers. Either people fall down while negotiating them or the vehicles get damaged. Locals have tried to put cement around them to make them somewhat safe, but even that did not work out,” says Kishan, a local resident of NBT Nagar.
A few poles do not have streetlights affixed to them leaving some streets in darkness. “We have to put bulbs to illuminate the road in front of our houses. The streetlights were removed long ago but were never replaced,” says a local woman.
The garbage bin kept near the Vengal Rao building in the locality brims with garbage and an additional bin is the need of the hour, feel the local residents. While the power cables in the area need to be thoroughly examined lest they snap whenever there are high winds, they say.