ANDHRA PRADESH

Face-to-face with eve-teasing

HYDERABAD Dec. 4. Apart from routine civic problems relating to drinking water, roads, street lighting, and traffic congestion, it was a query from a degree college student that got her moral support from the Mayor and Police officials in the `Face to Face' held at the Municipal corporation Office here on Wednesday.

The second year degree student, Maitreyi, of Begum Bazar, who was agitated about eve-teasing in her area, said the nuisance had risen to such an extent that girls were afraid to walk on the road, either while going to college or to a temple. The only advice she got from the family members was that she should remain indoors. That being no solution, she posed her problem to the city authorities.

While the Mayor T.Krishna Reddy told her to be bold and not to get disheartened as the problem would be addressed by the police, he also gave her his cell phone number (98490 61642) to contact him for any help.

The DCP (Traffic) Srinivas Reddy assured her that it would be taken to the notice of DCP West Zone to open a police picket and that action could be initiated against the eve-teasers if they were identified.

A resident of Toli Chowki, Ahmed Mohiuddin, who had to change his residence from Old City to Banjara Hills and finally to Toli Chowki, to avoid mosquito menace, complained to Mayor that there was no respite from the problem.

He also reminded the officials about his request to ban mosquito mats and repellents as they were proving to be hazardous to people's health. "Why can't they be banned like Gutka, on health grounds''? he asked. He instead wanted the MCH to increase the frequency of fogging. The officials said they would seek the opinion of experts on mosquito repellants.

Shrinking of roads due to encroachments and parking of heavy vehicles, tapping of electricity from main supply lines by some apartment owners with the connivance of electricity board employee, faulty meter reading leading to inflated bills, traffic bottle necks near new bridge at Nayapul, unhygienic conditions near Women's College bus terminus, ornamental bus shelters, were other issues. Many of the 20 queries related to lack of drinking water supply, contamination of piped water supplied by municipality, and inadequate pressure.

To a query, the Mayor said that the long pending widening of Chaitanyapuri road would be taken up shortly as a decision was taken to demolish an old building that was stalling the work.

The DCP Traffic assured a citizen to post traffic policemen at the Secunderabad railway station and Imlibun bus station from 4 a.m onwards to help passengers get autorickshaws to take them to their destinations.

The officials from Water Works, Electricity wing, Additional Municipal Commissioner Satyanarayana, were present.

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