Waterlogging on Hyderabad roads sparks fears of seasonal diseases

Citizens worry that a rise in seasonal diseases may overburden healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Waterlogged road in Hyderabad
Waterlogged road in Hyderabad
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With monsoon setting in over Hyderabad, several areas in the city are witnessing waterlogged roads and many are worried about the spread of seasonal diseases as a result of stagnating water, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents in some areas say that they have been complaining for years.

Prashanth Mamidala, a resident of Dwakara Nagar Phase 2, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Boduppal Municipality, says that they have been bringing the battered roads in their colony to the notice of authorities for over a year.

"We have been complaining for a long time. Rs 50 lakhs was sanctioned last year in January and a foundation stone was put up to fix the roads. When we followed up with authorities in June last year, they said that they would start the work soon. Still, nothing has been done," he said.

He further adds, "The project only involves laying a drain and then constructing a road on top of it. The funds have already been allocated. So why stall the work?"

Even in September last year, when rains had lashed the city, the streets of the colony were completely flooded.

Many have been taking to social media to air their grievances.

G Rakesh, a resident of Rajendranagar, who lives on the road Gaganpahad bus stop to Jallapalli, says that he and around 50 other households have been complaining for the last three years about broken roads and waterlogged streets.

"It's causing a lot of trouble. We have complained to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Rajendranagar MLA. If we ask authorities, they say that it is an issue of funds. Does the government not have funds? We can see that they are able to use it for their self-interest when they want," he says. 

"Even before the election, we had complained and they promised to look into it, but there has been no response," he adds.

Citizens also worry that with water stagnating on the roads, there may be a rise in seasonal diseases, which may overburden the healthcare system presently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Malaria and dengue cases will shoot up and overburden the already tired doctors and other health care workers. It will lead to bigger problems," Prashanth says.

While the GHMC had used the lockdown to its advantage and begun fixing several arterial roads and junctions in the city, the arrival of monsoon has slowed progress. However, with the elections for the civic body scheduled to be held soon, officials have been asked to expedite all pending work.


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