GHMC steams ahead with road repairs; quality remains suspect

While the December 1 deadline was not met, it plans to complete repair works by month end.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Dec 2016  12:12 amUpdated: 20th Dec 2016  12:14 am
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Hyderabad: Still reeling under the heavy barrage of criticism and complaints that hit it, after the September downpours left the city’s roads battered, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is now on a fast forward mode.

In just two months, the Municipal Corporation has completed 300 out of the staggering 489 repairs works, it had planned, spending about Rs 45 crore of the Rs 75 crore, allocated for road repairs. Although the initial deadline of December 1 could not be met, the plan, now, is to complete the remaining works by the end of this month.

However, even as the speed of the GHMC in re-carpeting the roads is being appreciated, doubts are being raised over the quality of the work done. “It is good that GHMC is re-carpeting many roads faster, but there are few issues in the execution,” said V Kamesh Babu, general secretary, Federation of associations of colonies and apartments.

“More than quality, they appear to be focusing on meeting the deadline. A portion of the road is re-carpeted and the rest is left untouched in many areas. Take the Secunderabad-Koti route, Dilsukhnagar main road or the Panjagutta main road, the work is done in patches,” he said.

The manner in which manholes on roads have been handled too is being pointed out. “In some areas, manholes are not on level with the road surface, some are below the surface, while some are protruding over the road surface. With many being in the middle of road, driving over them is tough,” said Raj Kumar, a private employee.

GHMC officials, on the other, are confident that all these issues will be addressed. “To avoid any discomfort to motorists and traffic jams, works are being taken at night. Emphasis is on re-carpeting major thoroughfares, followed by lanes and by-lanes,” said GHMC Chief Engineer Subhash Singh.