ANDHRA PRADESH

Residents rue lack of civic amenities

HYDERABAD Aug. 24. They are prompt in paying taxes, but basic civic amenities still elude them. This is the story of the residents of Kamalanagar, Subhadranagar, High Court Colony, Sarada Nagar and nearby colonies in L.B. Nagar Municipality.

Bad roads, fused streetlights, scarcity of drinking water and shortage of bus services, which are some of the common problems that plague several colonies, are visible here too. Residents rue the condition of interior roads in the colonies. "They are horrible with stones surfacing. They must be black topped immediately,'' they demand in chorus.

Drinking water is supplied once in three days and the quantity is barely sufficient. They question why the Metro Water Board, which supplies water on alternate days in the city, should discriminate against these localities. "Officials say new pipelines will be laid for supply of more water and that even tenders have been finalised. But nothing seems to be taking shape,'' points out a resident of Subhadranagar.

Irregular timings of buses are causing lot of inconvenience to office-goers and students. The Hayathnagar depot, which operates buses to places like Nampally, Koti and Secunderabad from these colonies, is hardly able to meet the demand. "The frequency has to be improved and more buses should be run to all important points in the city from High Court Colony via Ganesh temple, Rythu Bazar, Sampoorna theatre and Subhadranagar every 20 minutes,'' demands an employee in a Government office.

``Moreover, buses should be introduced early in the morning and some services after 10 p.m. for the benefit of those working in private companies,'' demands a resident of Subhadranagar.

Another major problem that worries these residents is the heavy traffic on the Vijayawada highway that is leading to frequent accidents. The only way to reduce accidents is construction of a median from L.B. Nagar crossroads to Hayathnagar, suggest the residents. The absence of `zebra crossings' on this road is proving to be a bane on pedestrians. "It is dangerous to cross the road at Panama Godowns, Sushma theatre and High Court Colony bus stop with the speeding vehicles never giving a chance to the pedestrians,'' says a retired employee.

(Readers are welcome to write about civic problems in their areas to the City Editor, The Hindu, Begumpet, Hyderabad - 16 or email to hydlife@thehindu.co.in)

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