No Ivanka touch for Hyderabad's Kondapur lanes, smooth roads still a pipedream

For the residents of Raja Rajeshwara Nagar, Raghavendra Colony, Hafeez Nagar, and Prem Nagar, the comfort of riding on a smooth road is restricted only to the main roads.

Published: 15th April 2018 05:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2018 05:09 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The visit of US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump to the city has surely changed the fortune of commuters taking the main roads of Kondapur during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), but the poor condition of the bylanes in the ward continue to give nightmare to thousands of residents.   

It’s not just one but as many as five colonies which Express surveyed either have no roads at all or the works are still to be completed. The uneven roads and unsettling soft dust is a common sight that prevails in the ward forcing the techies to cover themselves with masks.    

“The main road has been dysfunctional for over two years now,” said Shwetha Tripathi, a resident of Camelot Layout. “In order to have some ease in commuting, a resident who was shifting debris of a construction site was requested to carpet the road so that it becomes a little serviceable, but our repeated complaints have yielded no results yet,” she said.

For the residents of Raja Rajeshwara Nagar, Raghavendra Colony, Hafeez Nagar, and Prem Nagar, the comfort of riding on a smooth road is restricted only to the main roads as a majority of the streets have no roads at all.  

“The main roads were laid properly all through the places where Ivanka Trump and other foreign delegates travelled. Maybe, it will take another such visit to make our colonies better,” said J Rajesh, a businessman at Hafeez Nagar. Interestingly, besides a huge lung space, Botanical Gardens, the few odd parks shared by Camelot Layout and Raja Rajeshwara Nagar are poorly maintained.

Though several gated communities and enclaves have their own parks, long spaces are missing in several colonies. “I am listening to such word (park) for the first time from you,” exclaimed J Rajesh. With dry borewells and water pipelines, the residents of several colonies have no other choice but to buy water.
“The HMWS&SB have stopped sending us water tankers. We spend `1,000 to buy water for every alternate day for our 12-member family,” said Ponnalla Malaiah, a resident of Prem Nagar.

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