Vijayawada

New roads, new problems

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There are no footpaths and manhole works leave debris

Most of the roads in the city got a new layer of blacktopping as the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is on a mission of making all the city roads pothole free, before Krishna Pushkaralu commences in August.

The Chief Minister too is keen on the development of roads and works are going at a fast pace at several places simultaneously.

The new roads, which are spread edge to edge leaving no space for pedestrians to walk, footpaths to be built or rain water to sink, initially offered easy ride to the motorists.

However, problems began as the manhole works are being taken up by the VMC. To raise the manhole level to road level, part of the road around manhole cover is being dug and the debris are left on roads.

Traffic jams

This has caused traffic jams throughout Wednesday on Five route between Siddhartha College junction and Pushpa Hotel junction causing trouble to commuters who had to take alternative routes. Motorists had to pass through the debris left on roads. Similar problems occurred at other areas where roads are being laid and medians renovated.

“Lack of proper planning by the officials in carrying out road expansion is now troubling people. The engineers did not leave any margins on either side of the road. This has left pedestrians in troubles as motorists are invading the entire black top,” said P. Kumari, an assistant professor residing at Labbipet. “We thought there would be no bumpy rides after roads are evened neatly. But we are still forced to face problems of traffic congestion as some works are going on and also due to irregular parking of vehicles on roadsides,” said T. Srikanth, a shopkeeper at Jammi Chettu Centre.

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