Civic amenities have taken a backseat at the Marthandanagar of New Hafeezpet. A part of the Serilingampally municipality the area remains deprived of proper roads, drainage lines and reels under acute water shortage. The less said about the garbage disposal and street lights the better.
Muddy paths that offer an uncomfortable ride are termed roads by the local people. “We are used to it, when ever the road turns more uneven we team and level the paths, we don't expect any help from the officials,” says Wajahath, an autorickshaw driver.
“We are facing such problems for the past one decade, but still there is no effort from the authorities to take note of it and extent basic civic amenities,” says Prem Singh a local resident.
The absence of any drainage lines sees a lot of household waste water flowing through channels constructed by the locals in the midst of the roads. “A foul smell emanates from the water that stagnates in the channels for days. In turn it gives rise to mosquito menace,” says a Sabiha Begum, housewife.
Garbage disposal is another problem for the local people; people dump the household waste and trash at the street corners that take a shape of a garbage dump. “The garbage continues to rot for days. At times the authorities lift it and on occasions unable to bear the smell, some local residents set it on fire,” says Jameel uddin, a Kirana shop owner.
Inadequate and non-functional streetlights pose another problem for the locals. “Negotiating through the uneven roads turns into a difficult task due to inadequate light. Realising the problem people have affixed bulbs outside their houses,” says a local resident.