New roads being laid in Hyderabad only to smoothen Ivanka Trump’s drive

Authorities are in the process of re-carpeting selective stretches around Hitec city on a warfooting, even as several others cry for official attention.

Published: 09th November 2017 01:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2017 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

The new stretch of bitumen road leading to the venue of GES treats commuters to a smooth ride, in Hyderabad on Wednesday | sathya keerthi

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: A drive around the IT corridor is enough to identify the high-security routes to be taken by the US President’s advisor Ivanka Trump during her visit to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit(GES) to be held at the end of this month.Authorities are in the process of re-carpeting selective stretches around Hitec city on a warfooting, even as several others cry for official attention.The recent rains have riddled most of the roads with potholes, drawing the ire of local public. Only specific stretches leading to the HICC, where the summit is to take place, is being carpeted with fresh bitumen.  

For instance, the road connecting Hitec city to Raheja Mindspace and the one from Cyber Towers to HICC are being carpeted while the adjacent ones leading to the main road are in a deplorable state. The one km stretch between ORR and Wipro junction is battered and looks beyond repair, but has not caught the attention of officials.

“There are three schools right across the stretch and there are frequent traffic jams during the morning hours due to the road. The officials initiated repairing works at few places but dropped it due to heavy traffic movement,” said a resident.At the Miyapur-Gachibowli road, the side near Signature towers, a new stretch treats the commuters with a smooth ride.

However, traffic flowing
from White Field road is on bumpy roads filled with gravel and mud.
According to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the selection of laying of new roads is based on ‘priority’ where routes likely to be used most during the summit get preferential treatment.
“Top priority is given to the road leading from Gachibowli to Hitex from where the delegates travel the most.

Our deadline is to complete the work by November 19, before the GES begins,” said Sudarshan, Executive Engineer, Serilingampally Circle. “The other roads will also be laid soon depending on when the tender is called,” he added. Interestingly, the roads are laid with bitumen, unlike the white topping that is done at the ISB stretch.Even though the bitumen roads due to flexible nature will be more prone to damage than the white topping road which is hard and long-lasting, the officials are yet to implement the proposal.

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