HYDERABAD:Driving on the roads in Greater Hyderabad limits has become a nightmare for motorists. Reason: The week-long rains have the left the roads badly battered almost in all parts of the city.
The condition of the roads, already in bad shape due to poor maintenance by the engineering wing of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), has worsened with the almost continuous rains.
Officials say denizens have to bear the brunt and hardships for a few more days because road repairs can’t be taken up till the seasonal rains stop completely. That means commuters have to continue to negotiate the rough ride for some more days to come.
One can see roads getting peeled off and becoming muddy pools. Major arterial roads in Ameerpet, SR Nagar, Punjagutta, Khairatabad, Erragadda, Moosapet, Kukatpally, Miyapur, Lakdikapul, Basheerbagh, Hyderguda, Narayanguda, Begumpet, Rasoolpura, Banjara Hills, Masab Tank, Tolichowki, Langer Houz, Mehdipatnam, Attapur, Musheerabad junction (towards Kavadiguda), Patny, RP Road, Bible House road near Ranigunj, Oliphant Bridge in Secunderabad, RTC Crossroads, Minister Road, MJ Road, Feelkhana, Begum Bazar, Sultan Bazar, Koti, Malakpet, Dilsukhnagar, Baghlingamaplly, Nallakunta, Vidyanagar, Chikkadpally, Amberpet, Chaderghat, Malakpet and several parts of old city are in a bad shape.
The huge craters and potholes left behind by the rains would result in water-logging and muddy tracks. Driving on such stretches, particularly during night, is dreadful. The metro rail work on three busy corridors has aggravated the problem at many places. LTHMRL, after laying the foundation pillars, did not re-carpet the dug-up portions of the roads, making driving difficult for motorists, GHMC officials said.
PALTRY BUDGET: The GHMC, which had allocated Rs 188 crore for maintenance of roads in its 2014-15 budget, slashed it by Rs 75 crore in the current financial year’s budget for reasons best known to its officials.
When the elected body had been in office till December 2014, the council provided reasonable budget for maintenance of roads but under special officer’s rule the budget was reduced drastically. Besides, the quality of road-laying work has come in for severe criticism on account of frequent battering of roads by even a light rain. Principal secretary (MAUD) MG Gopal and GHMC special officer Somesh Kumar are now in China on a mission to attract huge investments to the newly-created state.