Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday said that he was aware about the poor condition of roads in many areas in Hyderabad, but appealed to the public to be patient.
The Minister made the remarks while inaugurating phase 1 of the renovated Durgam Cheruvu in the city's IT sector.
"I know you guys have complaints on roads. I am aware of that. I will get it right. Please leave it to me. I'm also not happy with the state of roads in Hyderabad. I look forward to improving them but we must understand one thing," KTR said.
"Developmental works which were not done in the past, have all been taking place at once in Hyderabad at present. If the city roughly has 9,000 km of roads, we ourselves have dug up around 3,000 km to lay a water pipeline. We are facing small difficulties while restoring these, which is why there is a delay," the Minister added.
The facilities that were inaugurated at the lake include a jogging and cycling track, a children’s play area, a gym area and modular toilet facilities among other things.
KTR also said that the state government had also taken up several projects worth several hundred crore under the Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP) and said that the Mindspace flyover, situated close to Durgam Cheruvu, would be completed by the second week of September.
Hyderabad’s first cable suspension bridge is also presently being constructed from the main entrance of Ambedkar Open University at Jubilee Hills Road No 45 to the junction near Inorbit Mall, to pass directly over the lake.
The Durgam Cheruvu was once, one of the largest lakes in the Cyberabad area. However, today there have also been several unchecked encroachments on the lake even as untreated sewerage continues to enter the water body on a daily basis.
The lake was once known as the 'secret lake', as it was naturally hidden between rocks, with Jubilee Hills on one side and Madhapur on the other.