With less than three weeks before army authorities in Secunderabad block an important road that connects the area to Hyderabad, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has written to defence minister Manohar Parrikar on the issue.
Asking the union minister to direct "the concerned Army Authorities in Secunderabad cantonment to postpone the proposed closure of GOUGH road till an alternative road is completed," as many civilians in surrounding areas would be in trouble.
The Gough Road is used by thousands of residents of Marredpally, Trimulgherry, Sainikpuri as a link to get to Hyderabad and this latest move by the army comes after a long battle between the people and the authorities.
"Word has been conveyed that AOC will close the Gough Road on December 1. Other roads will remain open as there are no alternate routes to them," a senior army official had earlier said.
It started in February 2014, when the army put out a notice which claimed that the entire area would be blocked, and the general public was advised to use main roads to reach their destination.
Following protests by welfare associations, a case in the Hyderabad high court and multiple delegations visiting Parrikar, the army authorities had put off the move until now.
The alternate road that people will currently have to take is narrow, crowded and witnesses a traffic jam at least two or three times a day, citizens say.
However, the army authorities later added that they would let emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire fighters through the road.
KCR while reminding Parrikar about the meeting with the delegation added that an analysis of traffic and impact of closure of roads passing through the cantonment, revealed extreme pressure on many traffic junctions abutting the area.
He also added that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is ready to construct the new alternate roads, provided that the AOC centre authorities cooperate in honoring the proposals put forth by the GHMC authorities to mitigate the hardship faced by the commuters.