HYDERABAD: When K.Kranthi Kumar leaves his home at Uppal for his office in the Financial District, a distance of around 30 km, he starts watching a movie on his Android phone during the journey. By the time he reaches his office, the two-and-a-half-hour movie will be over.
This is the daily routine of not just Kranthi but also several other IT employees who are forced to sit in cabs or drive for nearly two hours to travel through the IT corridor where roads are congested and traffic is chock-a-block.
For women techies, like S.Sunitha, the case is even complicated. After leaving home in Vanasthalipuram for her office in Gachibowli, she is often worried about the 27-km-long journey to work. It takes her over two hours to reach her workplace and all the way she ensures that she does not need to attend to nature’s call.
“Women like me drink very less water because we cannot find any public toilet en route to office. The government seems to be particular about investments in the IT corridor but when it comes to convenience, there are no public toilets,” she rued.
The Biodiversity Park junction, which connects Gachibowli and Outer Ring Road to Hitec City and Madhapur, is often chock-a-block with traffic. Motorists find it a hard task to reach office on time due to traffic snarls. Owing to construction of flyovers, the roads have become narrow and congested.
D Anil, a techie, said that the other day it took him over an hour to reach Raidurgam-DLF junction in Gachibowli. “The road also connects the Bombay highway, because of which there are a huge number of heavy vehicles on the road. The construction work has worsened the situation,” he said.
A cab driver with Deloitte, B Uday Kumar, said he ferries techies from various parts of the city to Gachibowli and it is a different scenario once he reaches the IT corridor. “It takes us one or two hours to come out of the huge traffic jams.”