GHMC chief writes to higher authorities and seeks Rs. 50 crore for maintenance works

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has urged the Government seeking transfer of powers to maintain roads belonging to the Roads & Buildings Department which criss-cross to an extent of 180 kilometres through its area.

Commissioner and Special Officer C.V.S.K. Sarma has written to the higher authorities few days ago seeking permission for the same and also sought Rs. 50 crore annual budget for maintenance works.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation alone has more than 2,000 km stretch of roads to take care of. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation being told to take up repairs of roads belonging to Road and Buildings is not new as also the demand for taking over the latter’s roads. In fact, the Chief Minister himself had mooted the suggestion during one of those coordination meetings held recently.

Re-carpeting

Apparently nothing has come out of it because the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation had sought appropriate funding for the work and the R&B was reluctant to part with any from its budget. Even as the logjam continues, the corporation claims to taking up re-carpeting of small stretches and also pot-holes filling whenever necessary.

“We can’t keep tossing responsibility to Road and Buildings Department whenever a road stretch is badly in need of repair because a citizen is concerned about a good road only. And since the corporation gets the blame for all bad roads, we decided not to ignore repair work of Roads and Buildings too,” said a senior official.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is said to be spending more than a crore of rupees for such repair each year works especially during the visits of national and international dignitaries or important events. With another event – World Military Games – round the corner, the Government has now entrusted fresh carpeting of roads from AOC Centre to Gachibowli Sports Stadium where the main events are to be held in October second week.

Road repairs

Road repairs will be taken up covering the areas of Marredpally, St. John’s Church, Sardar Patel Road, Begumpet, Punjagutta, Banjara Hills Road No.1, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam and Langar Houz. The total stretch could be more than 30 km and the cost is estimated to be about Rs. 9 crore.

GHMC has initiated tendering process for the same and some of the roads belong to Roads & Buildings too!