After sunset, the streets adjacent to the petrol pump in New Bhoiguda are ruled by a battalion of stray dogs inculcating fear into the hearts of people.

Their continuous and non-stop barking and high-decibel growling throughout the night has made peaceful sleep literally impossible.

Due to the lack of proper sleep, one gets up in the morning feeling drowsy and tired.

The morning-walkers feel the pinch more as they are unable to get at least six to seven hours of sleep needed to rejuvenate their body after a tired day's work.

Despite several complaints appearing in the newspapers, it is sad to note that GHMC officials are unmoved by the plight of the common man, specially women and children who are finding it difficult to move after dusk.

Once again, I appeal higher GHMC authorities to issue suitable instructions to officials to put an end to stray dog menace in our area and monitor it periodically.

K.R. Srinivasan,

New Bhoiguda

Urgent need of a footpath

There is heavy traffic on the busy Habsiguda Street No 8 and the stretch is in urgent need of a footpath for the safety of road users.

Pedestrians, particularly the old, women and children are experiencing lot of inconvenience in the absence of a sidewalk. At any given time, a number of vehicles including RTC buses, heavy trucks, school buses,

GHMC garbage vehicles, water tankers etc. pass through the street at high speeds posing threat to pedestrians. Besides, the vehicles occupy most of the space available on the road.

It is difficult to walk on the rough margin because of many encroachments. The problem becomes worse when one walks on the road margin with pits everywhere that turn slushy with the slightest drizzle. The GHMC seems to be busy with other activities that it is yet to acknowledge the need for a footpath on this only link road between Ramanthapur and NGRI on the Uppal side.

Pisipati Siram,

Habsiguda

Rainwater harvesting

So far during the current monsoon, there has been a non-uniform rainfall pattern across the country.

While there has been an excess rainfall in some parts, there has been decline in rainfall in some parts which might result in extreme drought conditions. Keeping in view the importance associated with conservation of water as an essential and precious commodity, the government should consider preservation of rain water as a national priority and adopt rain water harvesting techniques as mandatory practices in all villages, towns and cities.

The government should make it mandatory for every house and residential complex to construct rainwater harvesting structures to store rainwater so that wastage of water is minimised to the maximum extent.

The government should, therefore, constitute a special cell to monitor and carry out mandatory water harvesting techniques. Further, a cess of 10 per cent should be imposed on the consumers who are identified as defaulters.

At the same time, an additional incentive in the form of a 10 per cent reduction in the monthly water bill may be provided to those who abide by this order.

B.H. Indu Sekhar,

Tarnaka

Cleaning procedures of GHMC

Two procedures adopted by GHMC sweeping staff causes avoidable air pollution. One is the practice of collecting and burning garbage alongside compound walls of dwellings. Plastic items, when burnt, emit toxic carcinogenic (cancer-producing) smoke that is quite harmful when inhaled. Besides, the walls are blackened and appear ugly. Second is the sweeping of roads with short soft brooms. These churn out lot of dust (except in the rainy season) which is suffocating and permeates into the households requiring frequent cleaning. It also finds its way into delicate electronic equipment damaging them in the process. Why cannot they use long handle reed brooms that are common in coastal Andhra, which do not churn out dust while at the same time collect the garbage? Could the Pollution Board and the Municipal Corporation take measures to stop this health hazard?

M.I. Suryanarayana,

Durganagar Colony

Proper work environ for traffic constables

Is it fair to blame the traffic police for the disorganised traffic which throws all the rules and regulations to the winds? They are doing their best risking their lives, especially at the junctions. Without traffic lights and no proper place to stand at most of the crossroads, are they not at the mercy of the fast-moving traffic? Are traffic constables and home guards sufficiently covered by insurance in case a vehicle knocks them down? Negligence of the authorities is quite evident at the cross roads of Sainikpuri, Sharada Cinema and Dr. A.S. Rao Nagar. Authorities should install traffic signals and cameras on a priority basis and irrespective of the huge amounts involved, at each and every crossroad and ensure they work properly. A traffic constable should have a sturdy stand at the appropriate place to stand and discharge his duties properly without the fear of being knocked down.

S.R. Patri,

Sainathpuram

Provide water bottle during train journeys

The Railways may consider providing at least a single one litre water bottle to each passenger during the journey free of cost. If the department provides one bottle of mineral water per passenger, the journey will be more comfortable and even it will not incur huge expenditure as the bottles will be bought in bulk. When the passenger is paying more for a comfortable journey, this small amount should not be a burden for the Railways. Also it is requested to either install a digital display or make it compulsory for the attendant to alert the arrival of a station. As nothing is visible through the tinted windows during night time, it is very difficult to see the names of the stations.

P.B. Sundara Rajan,

Anandbagh

ATMs losing purpose

The purpose of ATMs is gradually deteriorating since these machines fail to provide money to its customers when required. It is my bitter experience with the State Bank ATM located at Satya Complex in Alwal which goes out of cash or is under repair. It was peculiar to learn that non-payment of electricity bills rendered the ATM powerless recently. Further, frequent replenishment of cash, especially during first week of the month, should be a must. But it never happens.

N.S.R Murthy,

Bolarum

Absence of a bus shelter

In the absence of a bus shelter, city bus commuters in Motnagar, Kalyan Nagar and surrounding areas have a tough time while waiting for a bus near Moti Nagar circle. There is a bus stop near Gayathri Hospital and everyday many commuters board and alight from buses at this stop. Given the incessant rainfall, there is a need for a bus shelter at this stop. Interestingly, a new bus shelter was constructed by GHMC authorities near the eSeva centre opposite ICICI Bank ATM but commuters hardly use that shelter and only tiffin centre owners make good use of it. Will the GHMC and RTC authorities inspect the area and construct a new bus shelter near Gayathri Hospitals, Moti Nagar.

Eggoni Syama Sundar,

Kalyan Nagar

Power blues

It appears some resident welfare associations threaten to disconnect power supply to those residents who fail to pay maintenance of monthly allowance to the respective welfare associations. This apart, some welfare associations ask residents to pay towards replacing or changing MCCBS of lower capacity to higher capacity. Are they allowed to do this without CPDCL's prior permission?

B. Subramanian,

Madinaguda

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