Hyderabad: It was a manic Monday, as bruised and battered roads at major thoroughfares in Hyderabad, including its core areas, made life difficult for commuters. All through the day, traffic at important intersections and junctions across the Capital were gridlocked, making life difficult for people.
The heavy rains that lashed the city left roads inundated and riddled with potholes, making it very difficult for motorists to commute. To address the problem of battered roads, the civic authorities took up temporary repair works on Monday morning across the city. However, attempts to take up repairs by the GHMC officials only added to the chaos and traffic, which took even more time to clear during the rush hour.
B Janardhan Reddy, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner said, “Due to inconvenience caused by poor road conditions, pothole filling and minor patch works are being taken up”
He said that BT processing contractors do not operate units during rainy season citing operational costs and other logistic issues. However, extensive repairs and re-carpeting works will commence once the rain water recedes, he added.
The temporary repair works caused traffic snarls on the stretches of Begumpet and Punjagutta flyover. The vehicles heading towards Punjagutta from Secunderabad were stuck in huge traffic gridlock for hours.
S Mohan Kumar, a resident of Begumpet said “Commuters had to struggle to wade through heavy traffic, as authorities decided to take up works during peak hours”.
Similar was the situation at RTC cross roads, Musheerabad and Himayathnagar. At some places, dust from the battered roads made travelling an unpleasant experience.