The ‘takeover’ of the mini-bypass road by the police for conducting physical fitness runs involving the candidates seeking recruitment in the police department draws protest from various sections of the ‘affected’ people. Residents from Postal Colony submitted a petition to Superintendent of Police M. Ramesh narrating hardship caused by the blockade of the bypass road by the police during the prime time for the recruitment drive.

At present, the road remains closed for traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., barring Sundays, for conducting a 4k run for the candidates seeking constabulary jobs in the Excise Department. Milk vendors, walkers, and the other road users are not allowed to move on the road during the period. D.V.S. Krishnaji, an advocate who led a delegation to the SP from the Postal Colony, said the students and office-goers from Gulabitota, Hanuman Nagar, Postal Colony and the Housing Board Colony at Vatluru were put to hardship in the morning hours following denial of entry on the road. Hundreds of students from the city are using the road daily while going to Sir. C.R.R. Engineering College.

A walker, Yarlagadda Ramakrishna Prasad, also a medical practitioner, said the mini-bypass road was found to be conducive for morning walkers and cyclists due to low traffic movement on the road. As a result of closer of the road, they were all forced to use the GNT road right up to the level crossing at Vatluru which was quite busy in terms of traffic movement and prone to accidents, Dr. Prasad said. Mullapudi Bapineedu Chowdary, a farmer from Vatluru complained that the closure of traffic on the road was hampering paddy harvesting operations in their village. The farm workers coming to the fields by walk and in auto rickshaws on the road were prohibited in the early hours, he regretted.

The residents of Postal Colony appealed to the SP to conduct the recruitment drives at the Police Training College at Pedavegi as an alternative to the bypass road and save them from hardship.