Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The link road from Tukaram Gate to Rail Nilayam via the Railway Cricket Stadium, which enables residents living in Malkajgiri, Mirjalguda, Hanumanpet and Addagatta to reach Secunderabad Railway Station, has turned into a real-time slush pool.

The route which was developed by GHMC officials two years ago to ease the traffic snarls is now a motorists’ nightmare.

An overflowing drain coupled with a bad road has created precarious driving conditions for motorists. The open drain which carries sewerage from the surrounding areas has been overflowing since a week, claim auto drivers who ply regularly on the road. “The situation is worse when it rains and we try and avoid this road,” says Satyam, an auto-driver.

Overflowing drain water is just one of the many problems plaguing the route. Battered roads, pools of stagnant water and absence of street lights have turned it into a virtual death trap. “I avoid this route in the night time because it is so precarious,” says Manjunath Reddy.

With overgrown shrubs on either side of the road, motorists also say it is unsafe to travel by the road. “There have been instances of homeless drunk men being involved in a brawl and hitting motorists,” says Ravi, a resident of Malkajgiri.

And the problem is tripled when it rains. “This route was flooded a few days back after heavy rains and left many motorists stranded,” claims Kishan Rao, a resident of Sai Nagar Colony in Malkajgiri.

Motorists feel a ‘pucca’ road would solve half their problems. “Right now this is more like a dirt track with potholes and craters. If they lay a proper road, then water stagnation can be avoided,” feels Samuel, an auto driver.