With rain lashing the city for the last few days, pothole-ridden roads are a common sight

What is common between S.R. Nagar main road, Musheerabad crossroads, Mint Compound road and Panjagutta Flyover? Well, they are drivers' nightmare, for they all are battered and damaged stretches.

With rains lashing the State Capital for last few days, pothole-ridden roads have turned a common sight in the city. Be it the main stretches or those in residential colonies, damaged roads are posing troubles for motorists with scattered gravel or gaping potholes.

Driving on bumpy roads, while motorists are fuming in exasperation, vehicles too take a heavy toll requiring more frequent visits to the service centres. It all requires one heavy shower to expose the quality of road works taken up by the GHMC . Pointing to the scattered gravel at Umesh Chandra statue in S.R. Nagar, Muralidhar, a private employee says, “This was carpeted barely two months ago and now it's a task to drive on this stretch.” The situation happens to be the same at Erragadda Rythu Bazar, Kalyan Nagar-Yousufguda stretch, Shyamlal Building and many other stretches.

The condition of roads has got worse with bitumen eroded of the road surface. There is no respite from these conditions even in residential colonies and internal localities. Residents in Marredpally, S.R.Nagar, Dharam Karam, Bhoiguda and other areas are having tough times driving on bad roads.

Approach roads and road under bridges have also worn out. The portion of bitumen road joining the cement road has turned into a rough patch from bitumen erosion and this can be witnessed at Oliphant Bridge or Bhoiguda.

This year, GHMC has re-carpeted the roads in the city, spending about Rs. 60 crore. It is very common for roads to get damaged during rainy season as bitumen gets worn out with water. However, authorities take up repairs and maintenance works every year at a cost of Rs.1.5 crore, says GHMC Chief Engineer Dhan Singh. “Instructions are already issued for identification of damaged roads and taking up necessary repairs at the earliest. Once its stops raining, the works would be launched,” says Mr. Singh.