Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Under the project ‘Mission Black Top’, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) would take up restoration and recarpeting of the BT roads damaged in recent rain. The project covers 365 km length of roads at an estimated cost of Rs.135 crore to be completed by January 2009.

Of these, a length of 70 km of main roads at a cost of Rs.40 crore is proposed to be completed by December end. The tenders invited this week, the works would be grounded by the month end. In addition, the National Highways and R&B Department were requested to restore/recarpet 43 km length of damaged roads under their control in the GHMC limits.

Participating in the Face-to-Face programme here on Saturday, the Minister for BC Welfare, Mukesh Goud and the GHMC Commissioner, S.P.Singh said the GHMC would take up road restoration work starting on November 16 and all the works related to road cutting would be completed a day before that.

A total of 27 calls were received during the programme from different parts of the city and many were about the bad road conditions prevailing in their localities. The condition of roads in Charminar Bus Stand, Miyapur-Kukatpally, Ashoknagar-Gandhinagar stretch and Dwarakanagar were mentioned by callers to which the Minister responded with an assurance that the works are to start in a fortnight later.

Complaints on the problems posed by pollution were made by residents of Kukatpally Housing Board and Balanagar. Though the issue was brought to the notice of Pollution Control Board authorities, there was a lack of response, they stated.

Sridevi, a resident of Ameerpet pointed out that the stretch near temple at the cross-section gets jammed with traffic as hawkers set up their stalls during festivals. She suggested that the hawkers be asked to run their business at the nearby playground. Vijay from Sindhi Colony complained of water stagnation during the rains while Prof. Kishan lamented at the lack of amenities in his colony, Indiranagar. Subrahmanyam from Uppal said his efforts to get the names of his family in the electorate rolls were going in vain in absence of response from the officials. Another complainant from Balkampet raised the issue of ‘illegal constructions’ in Shiv Bagh.