Army Move to Close AOC Roads Triggers Protest

Residents plan to mail over 3,000 postcards asking them to revoke their decision

Published: 24th February 2014 09:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2014 09:12 AM   |  A+A-


To voice concerns of the residents and commuters following the complete closure of civilian vehicular movement on AOC roads from March 10, as many as 3,000 post cards will be mailed to the Army officials asking them to revoke the decision, said BT Srinivasan, a representative of the Forum for Resident Welfare Association.

Enraged over the decision, residents of Safilguda, Neredmet and adjoining areas staged a protest holding placards near Safilguda railway gate on Sunday.

A Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed by the resident welfare associations is planning to meet Union minister and local MP Sarve Satyanarayana and ask him to take up the issue with the Centre. Further, the committee will also submit a memorandum to the governor.

“The Army has to be accommodative in letting civilians use the roads. The officials should give us two to three years time till other peripheral roads are fully developed. If the Army really wants to block the roads, they should come to an agreement with the local civic body as closure is likely impact the livelihood of people,” he pointed out.

Residents question the rationale behind the closure while civic bodies have decided to construct an under bridge at Uttam Nagar which is an approach road to AOC. “The civic authorities have decided to construct either a fly-over at Safilguda railway gate which leads to AOC road. If it is a private road, why has the GHMC sanctioned this project which would start soon?” questioned a resident of Safilguda.

On the other hand, some residents have decided to approach court if the Army goes ahead with the closure.

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