Vijayawada

Shrunk road and improper works trouble motorists

Official apathy: Christurajapuram Road has turned into a pool following the brief rainfall in Vijayawada recently.

Official apathy: Christurajapuram Road has turned into a pool following the brief rainfall in Vijayawada recently.  

Christurajapuram Road, dug for pipelines months ago, was not covered properly

The two-kilometre long road stretch between the Amma function hall junction in Sunnapubattilu Centre to the Panchayat office junction in Gunadala, close to Eluru Road has become a major concern for motorists as well as thousands of people living in the posh colonies and in hillslope areas adjacent to it.

The Christurajapuram Road (A.S. Rama Rao Road) was dug up for laying drinking water pipelines several months ago. It was later covered unevenly and left unattended since then. This had shrunk the width of the 40 ft. road to half.

One among the thousands of people facing problems due to craters and potholes is Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy, who frequents to his official residence in Christurajapuram.

The road also does not have the side drain on one side, while the one existing on the other side frequently overflows onto the road when it rains.

“Even after a small spell of rainfall, the road gets waterlogged. It has turned into a major problem for motorcyclists who have to carefully manoeuvre between the potholes hidden under rain water. More than half of the road is completely damaged,” said K. Ravi Kumar, a resident of Arul Nagar.

Municipal Commissioner J. Nivas had earlier ordered authorities concerned to properly cover the dug-up stretch. However, only a few metres of it was flattened near the Amma function hall junction.

Need for a new road

“Thousands of vehicles pass through the road daily. It helps motorists quickly reach Ring Road from within the city and reduces the traffic burden on other roads. At least keeping this in mind, authorities should lay a new road immediately,” said N. Joji, a local. The VMC long ago planned to expand the road to 60 ft. at a cost of ₹4 crore. The proposal did not take off.

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