The sheer negligence of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) in taking up the repair works on the rain-damaged roads in the City may prove fatal for the road-users.
The VMC has constructed 200 km of cement roads, 625 km of tar road and 385 km of metal road in the 59 divisions under its limits. Every year several roads get damaged during the rainy season. As they develop potholes and cracks, people are facing severe hardships while travelling on those roads.
Though the civic body has dug up the main roads of Wynchipeta, Babu Rajendra Prasad Road, Mahantipuram, Nizamgate Center, Durga Temple Ghat Road, UDA Colony, Kothapeta, Chittinagar, Pezzonipeta, Ajitsingh Nagar, Prakashnagar, etc., for laying the pipes for the underground drainage (UGD) project. It has not reconstructed these roads but has only filled up the dug-up surfaces with metal and rubbish. These get washed away by rain leaving many craters and potholes.
According to reports, nearly 50 main roads of the City have been seriously damaged and have sprung a series of potholes.
The potholes in front of the old government hospital, on the main road leading to the Pandit Nehru Bus Station, the Eluru Road and Bandar Road are lying unattended for months now.
As many as 20,000 vehicles travel daily on these roads and traffic jams have become common due to these potholes.
G Kondalu, an auto-rickshaw driver, said that two-wheeler-users had often fallen down from their vehicles unable to control them and suffered injuries due to the pothole.
The VMC temporarily filled up these potholes with some material but to no avail.
Hence, permanent repairs should be carried out to avert accidents that could result in injuries to or deaths of the road-users, he added.
Similarly, the road at the Kaleswara Rao market is totally damaged and former MLA Jaleel Khan, along with YSR Congress Party activists, filled up a series of potholes recently.
A fruit vendor, K Anjaneyulu, said that this road was dug six months ago for pipeline installation and till date the VMC had not reconstructed it despite accidents. A large number of people use this road to go to Vastralatha, Gold Market, Head Post Office, Gandhiji Mahila Kalasala/High School, Kothapeta, railway station and other areas.
A commuter, Md Fayyaz, said that nearly 2,000 students were facing severe trouble to reach the Gandhiji educational institutions during rainy days due to the damages of two main roads and demanded that the VMC should reconstruct these roads.
The main road leading to the Railway Station has been badly damaged near the railway SP office. A daily commuter, Sk Galib, said that several officials of the VMC, railway and other departments travelled on this road frequently but no one bothered to get the VMC to repair it.
Vijayawada West MLA V Srinivas Rao, admitting the damages to roads, said that the VMC would soon take up the reconstruction of these roads as the government had released necessary funds for the purpose recently.