Staff Reporter

Five main roads in Cantonment to get fresh coats of tar shortly

  • SCB to spend Rs 1.5 crore on laying new roads
  • Action plan likely on underground drainage system
  • Drinking water problem also to be addressed

    HYDERABAD: Officials of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) finally conceded that the condition of roads in several localities was horrible and that it had gone from bad to worse. No less than the Andhra Sub-Area Commander and SCB president Brigadier D.S.C. Varma himself pointed to the bad road conditions after administering oath to seven elected ward members here on Wednesday.

    "The roads in this area are bad. People are vexed with the problem. I feel uncomfortable when people complain to me about the condition of roads here. As there is no dearth of funds, we should do something good for the roads, which people will feel proud about," he said.

    Residents have been facing a torrid time due to dug up and pothole -ridden roads in SCB area for the last one-year. Despite repeated pleas, there was little relief from the problem with both men and machinery taking a toll, particularly on the five main stretches from Bison Polo Grounds to Diamond Point, Ganesh temple near Secunderabad YMCA to Marredpally Police Station, Jubilee Bus Station junction, Entrenchment Road near AOC Centre in Marredpally and Hasmathpet road.

    Board Executive Officer T. Arockianathan said the five roads would receive fresh coats of tar shortly. "Work orders have been placed 15 days ago and contractors will start the work soon. We are spending Rs.1.5 crore for laying new roads," he said.

    When members complained about the drainage problem, Mr. Varma said the issue would be taken up during the next Board meeting and an action plan chalked out for constructing an underground drainage system.

    He said the problem of drinking water supply would also be addressed soon. Mr. Arockianathan asked members to submit proposals pertaining to various pending works in the seven wards within 15 days to prepare the estimates and send them for budgetary approval to the General Office Commanding-in-Chief, Pune.

    He said all the civic issues would be discussed in detail during the next Board meeting, which is likely to be held in the third week of September.