HYDERABAD: With battered roads causing untold hardships to motorists, municipal administration and urban development minister K T Rama Rao has asked the officials to take up road repairs on warfooting.
The minister’s instructions came just a day after GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy’s announcement that the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) sought permission to cut across 2,500 km road to strenghten water supply and the corporation has to give permission for upgrading the infrastructure needed for the city, meaning that the repairs of roads will give just a temporary relief to the citizens.
The water board seeks to strenthen the water supply distribution network in peripheral circles of GHMC that include Alwal, Quthbullapur, Kukatpally, Kapra, Serilingampally, Uppal, Rajendra Nagar, LB Nagar, Gaddiannaram, Ramachandrapuram and
Patancheru which will cost around `1,900 crore.
Rama Rao on Tuesday held a review meeting to take stock of the situation and expressed displeasure at officials over maintenance of roads.
The need of the hour is to focus on repairing the roads which are in extremely bad shape, Rama Rao said and directed the municipal officials to take up road repairs by constituting 150 special teams in each division.
He announced that an ‘expert committee’ would be constituted to monitor and guide GHMC on maintenance of roads. This committees will meet every month and advice the GHMC on maintaining roads in the city.
Rama Rao asked officials to take up the road repair works seriously as the government’s image is likely to be affected and all the good work done by the government in other sectors is negated by the bad condition of roads in the city. Rama Rao said top priority should be given to the quality of the work that is taken up and officials have to supervise the work.