HYDERABAD: ‘How can I reach Jubilee bus-station from here?, Which lane leads to Paradise junction?’ - these simple questions were on the minds of many commuters in the city on Saturday. In the absence of direction boards, displaying alternate routes to places around Hussainsagar and Secunderabad, in view of the blockade of Tank Bund, many had a tough time figuring out how to proceed either to office or their homes.
While all those taking alternate routes suffered in equal measure because of chaotic traffic, it was no less than torture for the elderly and patients to navigate through the roads in the searing heat. Worse, ambulances rushing either to pick up patients or ferrying them to hospitals were caught in the serpentine traffic around the Hussainsagar.
The road nearby the Saidanima Tomb is being dug up to lay a trunk sewer pipeline by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), to stop flow of untreated sewerage water into the Hussainsagar. The works will take at least 10 more days to be completed.
To ease flow of traffic in the meantime, bylanes leading to Bansilalpet road were blocked. Yet, bumper to bumper traffic could not be avoided. “We prepared signages, and placed them at some places on Friday. However, we had to pull them down as routes were changed. Only after we confirm the routes, will we install new signages,” said Jitender, additional commissioner of police (Traffic).
Residents of Jeera compound, nearby Kavadiguda, said bylanes leading to the main road were blocked. “I had to take my aging father to hospital, and he cannot walk properly. The bylane leading to my house is blocked, and I am not allowed to take the car to my place,” complained Deepak Mehta, a resident of the compound.
Spotting some gaps in the blockades, motorists competed to pass through the narrow spaces. “We wanted to avoid two-way traffic on this road. Barricades are placed at the bylanes to stop vehicles from Ranigunj intersecting with traffic here,” said K Ranga Subbaiah, SI, Chikadpally Traffic PS. Some policemen who were posted to guard the barricades were not aware of the locality, and could not give directions to Paradise, Secunderabad railway station, and other places.
“I did not know Tank Bund road is blocked. I have to reach Buddha Bhavan but no lane is open,” said Dilip, a motorist, who asked for directions to reach the Bhavan. Others lamented that they have no other way but to take the narrow Bansilalpet road, and that it would take at least half an hour to reach Patny junction from Kavadiguda.
More Trouble in Store
After completing the laying of trunk sewer lines on the Buddha Bhavan Road near Saidanima Tomb, the water board will cut another small portion of the road on the Kavadiguda side near the Mariott Hotel to lay trunk sewer lines. The purpose of the exercise is diversion and prevention of sewage and industrial waste from flowing into the Hussainsagar lake. This will take at least three days.