HYDERABAD: A visit to Kukatpally ward will make one realise that driving through most areas is tortuous due to pathetic condition of roads. However, case is not the same when it comes to Sheshadri Nagar, also part of Kukatpally ward where the roads are well maintained and streetlights are functioning.
The reason seems obvious, the ward’s corporator Jupally Sathyanarayana Rao and Kukatpally assembly constituency MLA Madhavaram Krishna Rao both reside in Sheshadri Nagar. Bad roads are a major concern for residents of Kukatpally ward. The main road connecting Sangeeth Nagar colony to National Highway 65 was dug up for laying new drainage pipes about two months ago.
“Even the corporator travels by this road, but he takes no notice of the issue and pays a deaf ear to us even after constant complaints,” complaints a resident.When contacted, the corporator said that contractors said, “GHMC contractor who was first given the responsibility of laying drainage pipes did the work haphazardly because of which works are being conducted again.”
“Though I know what people need based on my experiences, I am limited to just giving suggestions and ask higher authorities to act because of my job profile,” he further added.
Nalla Cheruvu a hub for dumping
The famous Nalla Cheruvu, fondly called as the mini Tank Bund by residents of Shanthi Nagar in Kukatpally ward has become a dumping place for construction debris and leftovers from restaurants and hotels. The lake has become a breeding place for mosquitoes and flies. Fishes from the lake are caught and sold in city markets.
“I have seen GHMC workers clean the lake on one end while at the other, people dump waste. There is a requirement for fencing to be erected around the lake. It will also help in preventing people from parking their vehicles on the lake’s shore.” said Shantaram, a fisherman.
Play ground filled with construction debris
Children living in Asbestos Colony have a namesake playground has garbage bins of the GHMC, dumping of construction debris and garbage regularly takes place on ground, it is being illegally used by some residents as a parking space and ground also turns regularly into a vegetable market. “Where in the world will you see government garbage bins inside a ground? There are three play schools located around the ground and the kids are prone to mosquito bites” said Srinivas Reddy, a resident here. “The GHMC officers are not doing their job. The corporator needs to take intiative to develop the ground” said Gottimukula Vengal Rao, ex-corporator of Kukatpally ward, Congress.