A group of people walking around with fishing rods, occasionally dipping it in the waterlogged road – residents of Hyderabad’s Prem Nagar decided to lodge their protest to authorities in a unique way on Wednesday.
Aggrieved that despite multiple complaints that the main road were prone to waterlogging, the authorities had failed to take any action, residents decided to take matters into their own hands.
Residents allege that the roads were poorly maintained by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), and its condition worsened after the recent spate of rains.
They lamented that school buses had stopped trying to navigate the roads, and instead, dropped wards off about a kilometre away.
Irked by how indifferent local authorities were to their plight, Prem Nagar A and B Block Residents’ Welfare Association President Ahmed Iftekar came up with this idea to draw the attention of Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao.
Ahmed says, “The situation on these roads have been the same for a decade now. Each time we organize a campaign and complain, the GHMC authorities do some cosmetic changes. They don’t offer a permanent solution.”
“Authorities at times say that the drainage outlet passes through the railway track; hence, they need permission from the Railway Department to make changes. Sometimes they cite some other delay. This has been happening for many years now. We are really tired of this,” he complains.
He alleges that the residents are facing a lot of trouble due to the poor road. “No auto driver comes to Prem Nagar, knowing how poor the roads are here. Even in emergency conditions, cabs and autos don’t come here. That’s how bad the situation is.”
Meanwhile, Kondapur Corporator Hamid Patel assured TNM that they have pressed the GHMC to repair the roads immediately.
However, dissatisfied with the Corporator, Ahmed says, “Each time, newspapers cover the incident, they immediately get into action. But these actions do no good. They are just temporary solutions. We want a permanent solution.”
He further requested KTR to adopt Prem Nagar and relieve them of these troubles.