Ordeal continues for road users

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BUMPY RIDE: A view of the stretch between AOC Centre and Shenoy Nursing Home in the city. - Photo: Satish H.
BUMPY RIDE: A view of the stretch between AOC Centre and Shenoy Nursing Home in the city. - Photo: Satish H.

K.V.S. Madhav

Damaged and dug up, city roads are in a pathetic condition

Row between MCH and contractors over cement prices continues Digging by HMWSSB and shoddy re-filling adds to the problem `Rs. 18 crores spent on carpeting of Jubilee Hills-Gachibowli stretch'

HYDERABAD: There seems to be no end in sight for bad road conditions pounding Hyderabadis, the worst in many years now with roads reduced to rubble in most of the places.

Vehicles swerve violently, backs and suspensions groan and worse, people tumbling down is the most common sight on the apology of roads. Months of ordeal and million representations later, it is still the harsh reality, be it Marredpally, Basheerbagh, Vijaynagar Colony, Amberpet, Bagh Lingampally, RTC Crossroads, Saleemnagar, Dabeerpura or the entire old city.

The moot question remains how long will a coterie of contractors take the civic authorities for a ride and jeopardise road infrastructure? With the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad and the contractors involved in a seemingly endless tussle over cement prices, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

`No coordination'

Recent bids at rapprochements did raise some hope, but to no avail.

Adding to the ruining roads are the pipeline works of the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board, digging up almost all the arterial lanes and doing a shoddy job of re-filling them. "There is absolutely no coordination between various civic departments resulting in this chaos," says Ved Kumar, president, Forum for Better Hyderabad.

Stand off

Aggravating the situation is the stand off between HMWSSB and MCH. While the former charges the baldiya with failing to clear the sewerage cess and public stand post costs the MCH owes Rs. 40 crores to it the latter insists HMWSSB had to cough up road cutting costs to it. Private telecom companies also join the digging spree.

And with monsoon already arriving, things can only get worse. "A little rain and the already crumbling roads have taken a severe beating. Imagine the plight when monsoon the gets vigorous," says V. Kamesh Babu of Federation of Associations of Colonies and Apartments.

Ad hoc decisions

"Ad hoc decisions on road carpeting have been the trademark of MCH. If there is a plenary or sports meet in Gachibowli, the entire stretch is carpeted, but a place like Kacheguda has been just like that for the past 20 years," points outVed Kumar.

Saying a staggering Rs. 18 crores was spent on carpeting the Jubilee Hills-Gachibowli stretch last December, Mr. Babu wanted the authorities to come out with details of the money spent on roads in middle class and slum areas.



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