Hyderabad: The rains are here, almost. And for commuters in the city, so is the nightmarish experience of travelling on pothole-riddled roads.
To make matters worse, the civic bodies have missed the deadlines set by the government to complete road repair and restoration works before the onset of monsoon.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had set June 15 as the deadline for the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) to complete all road restoration works, especially HUDCO works. Going by the pace of works, the probability of HMWSSB completing the works appears bleak.
Similarly, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan had directed contractors and officials to complete road works in the city by June 10. The deadline is already past and the work is yet to be over.
Though some thoroughfares have been repaired and recarpeted, many of them still lack blacktopping. Irrespective of zones, most of the areas greet motorists with poor road conditions.
The Filmnagar stretch from the TRS party office was dug up a few months ago and the restoration works have not been completed. Due to the recent rains, motorists are forced to drive on a narrow carriageway and through slushy conditions. The situation at LB Nagar is no different. Motorists are having a tough time driving on the Sushma Theatre road, Karmanghat road, Sagar Ring Road, Kamineni Junction and a few other stretches.
“GHMC appears to have not learned its lessons from the last monsoon. Though a few main roads have been given a facelift, a majority of them still need repairs,” said Leonard Francis, pointing to the dug up stretch near Radhika signal on AS Rao Nagar main road.
With Hyderabad Metro Rail works being taken up in many areas, road space has shrunk and the surfaces are battered. Be it the Putlibowli road, Jubilee Hills Peddamma Temple road or the Sapthagiri theatre road in Musheerabad, all are in bad shape.
This being the case of main roads, the plight of those shuttling on the arterial roads and colony roads is even worse. Road restoration works in Vanasthalipuram have been pending for long.
Similarly, roads in Safilguda, Hanuman Nagar, Dayanad Nagar, Gowtham Nagar and other areas in Malkajgiri were dug up for pipeline works but restoration had not been done, said BT Srinivasan, General Secretary, United Federation of Resident Associations.
The Borabanda-Hitec City stretch via Parvathnagar is in a poor shape, despite many IT employees taking this route to reach their workplaces in Madhapur.
‘No potholes this monsoon’
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Road Development Corporation (HRDC) are taking up roadworks at a cost of Rs 1,120 crore in the city.
GHMC has been permitted to take up road development and recarpeting works with Rs 720 crore and the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation is taking up the works with Rs 400 crore.
Of the Rs 720 crore, GHMC is executing works worth nearly Rs 380 crore and plans to complete the BT road works by this month-end. Rest of the CC road works worth Rs 277 crore would be taken up in September, said GHMC Chief Engineer Ziauddin.
“Compared to the last monsoon, the road conditions are better and this year there will be no potholes and craters on the roads. We are not compromising on quality and stringent action will be initiated against contractors if they fail to meet required standards,” he said.
Expedite nala desiltation and road works, KTR to GHMC
Expressing dissatisfaction over the sluggish pace of nala desiltation, nala encroachment clearance and road works, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao directed the GHMC authorities to expedite the works.
During a review meeting with municipal officials here on Tuesday, Rao expressed dissatisfaction over the pace at which encroachments were being cleared on nalas.
“There should be no lethargy in clearing encroachments on nalas. Cases have to be booked against those obstructing these works,” he said.
The Minister directed the Town Planning and Enforcement wings to work in coordination to clear encroachments and unauthorised constructions. Such structures should be demolished in the initial stages as more challenges have to be tackled once the structures are constructed, he said.
Directing to ensure measure to prevent citizens from facing inconvenience this monsoon, he instructed on completion of works taken up to clear stagnation points and low lying areas as per schedule.
Regarding road works, the Minister wanted the officials to expedite the works and zonal commissioners were instructed to monitor the works regularly. “No excuses will be entertained from officials, who fail to deliver services as per the expectations,” Rao warned.