Pothole Death: GHMC Passes the Buck to Roads and Buildings Department

Roads and Buildings department, however, complains of lack of funds to maintain the city unit.

Published: 02nd September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2014 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has blamed the roads & buildings department for the death of an aged person, S Narayana, who fell into a pothole after alighting from a bus near Anand Theatre on SP Road in the city on Monday.

In its usual style, the GHMC has washed of its hands stating that the particular stretch of road belongs to the R&B department and it is that department’s duty to maintain the road by taking up repairing.

The R&B, on the other hand, complains about lack of funds to maintain the city unit.

Mayor M Majid Hussain said the GHMC had  repeatedly been asking the government to hand over the R&B roads in GHMC limits to it for maintenance.

“We have the necessary manpower and funds to maintain the roads. The previous governments had assured to comply with our request but the matter has been pending at the government level for more than two years.”

Any damage to roads has to be taken care of by the respective departments. But, in the city, GHMC is taking up temporary filling up of potholes even on R&B roads and make them motorable so that people are not put to inconvenience.

There is a need to have a coordination with R&B for maintenance of roads, whenever roads are damaged, they need immediate repairs but has become problematic for GHMC in recarpeting them because many of the major roads in the city belong to R&B or National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Several roads in Greater Hyderabad limits have turned from bad to worse and one can witness water puddles everywhere.

The GHMC is yet to repair large stretches which were pounded by heavy rains in the last few days. Citizens and motorists were put to inconvenience beacuse of bad roads.


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