HYDERABAD: Once again closure of defence roads in Secunderabad area led to protests, with Army authorities announcing closure of Gough Road shortly.
The closing of roads passing through Army area in Secunderabad, which was hitherto limited to night timings (from 10 pm to 7 am), will be extended even during the day for the first time on Gough Road.
“Though High Court clearly ruled in September, 2014 that the authority to close the roads rests with the Army, the actual closure of AOC roads has been deferred to allow time for creation of alternate roads for civilian traffic. The willingness on the part of Defence authorities to objectively examine and render assistance as required in developing alternative roads along the periphery of AOC Centre towards Mahendra Hills has also been communicated to state government and local civic authority,” said a press release.
However a detailed proposal from the competent civic authorities is still awaited. Given the preceding developments and circumstances, the State government and the police have been notified about closure of Gough Road.
Though the date of closure of Gough Road is yet to be announced, according to the earlier discussions it is believed that it will be closed from December 1. However other roads will continue to remain open during day time. Also, emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, fire engines, private vehicles with critical patients, will be allowed to go through AOC records.