It is a study in contrast. At one end, you find vehicles zipping away on wide, tarred roads. On the other, vehicles growl as they pass through the narrow muddy tracks.
While tall and colourful structures dominate one side of the stretch, tiled-roofs and dilapidated buildings greet one at the other.
Welcome to Nanakramguda.
Despite the real estate boom and influx of corporate structures, life in this village, hardly 4 km from Tolichowki, is much the same. Residents still wake up at the crack of dawn and streets turn deserted at dusk, except for the occasional cab and motorcyclist passing by. Unmindful of the IT companies and the lifestyle of employees working in such companies, people here still lead life at their own terms, of course sans proper infrastructure.
On the education front, Nanakramguda has a state-run Upper Primary school. There is no primary health centre, library or underground drainage system — the list of missing amenities can go on. Though quite a few city buses are operated via the village, residents here still prefer travel in seven-seater autos.
“It is convenient and comfortable to travel in autos than to wait for city buses,” says Venkatesh Goud, a resident. Most residents, particularly those working in the companies located in the vicinity, still rely on the Sunday weekly shandy to purchase general commodities and groceries, despite the presence of a few provision stores in the locality. Residents still lack a library, a community hall, proper medical facilities and civic infrastructure.
Though a few underground pipelines were laid in some areas, work is pending in others due to lack of sufficient funds, says Gachibowli corporator Avula Satyanarayana, corporator of Gachibowli division.
Likewise, a few streetlights have been damaged and need to be replaced, but that, again, depends on fund availability.
The demand for construction of a community hall in the village is a long-pending one. Not everyone can afford marriage and functions halls at Miyapur, Chandanagar or Tolichowki. A community hall in Nanakramguda can be helpful. This would also aid in conducting medical camps, Mr. Satyanarayana says.
Life in Nanakramguda, hardly 4 km from Tolichowki, reminds one of a typical village setting amidst the city’s hustle and bustle