Visakhapatnam

‘Theft quite a problem here’

M.Vijaya Lakshmi

M.Vijaya Lakshmi  

It has been more than 35 years since Sheelanagar came into existence. Unfortunately, several issues continue to bother the colony residents even now.

As the roads were laid a long time after the construction of the houses, the low-lying layout followed by uneven roads has become one of the perennial concerns leading to sewage overflow from the drains. People say the situation gets worse during rainy season.

Snake charmers have their hands full as many complain of snakes often entering the area. Despite night-patrolling and a team of six security guards working in shifts, residents are scared to leave their house locked. “Theft is quite common here and more so when the house remains locked for a day or two. It is really surprising for us to know how the robbers keep a perfect track of locked houses almost immediately. A few months ago a group of unidentified people broke open our neighbour’s house, got the keys and drove away in their car when they were not in station. We cannot stay at peace when we are away from the colony,” says M. Vijaya Lakshmi, president of Sheelanagar Ladies Welfare Club.

Besides this, lack of high-mast lights in a few streets, clogged drains, poor maintenance of the park (adjacent to Siva temple) and uneven roads continue to trouble the residents of Sheelanagar.

Despite repeated complaints, people say that many civic issues are yet to be sorted out.

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