GHMC wakes up day be­fore on­set of rains

Come June 1, con­trac­tors dig­ging roads to face crim­i­nal charges

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

The Greater Hy­der­abad Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion sat back and played flute through­out May that should have been time to get the city set for the ap­proach­ing mon­soon months. Then, it came up with a warn­ing against road-dig­ging on Tues­day, May 30, just be­fore the on­set of the sea­son on June 1.

GHMC stated, “Con­trac­tors who con­tinue to dig roads af­ter June 1 will face crim­i­nal charges. All roads dug by var­i­ous agen­cies, be it govern­ment or pri­vate, ex­cept for the Metro sew­er­age and wa­ter board, will have to re-lay the road be­fore June 1. No new road-cut­ting will be per­mit­ted from June 1. Any­one found dig­ging roads must re­port it to the cor­po­ra­tion. One can also re­port to us on the roads that need to be re-laid, said GHMC com­mis­sioner Dr. B. Ja­nard­han Reddy.

Dur­ing mon­soon, city roads turn death traps. Last year, bro­ken roads had claimed three lives dur­ing the rainy sea­son. Pot­holes, badly de­signed speed break­ers, un­der­re­pair and un­der-con­struc­tion roads not only cause in­con­ve­nience to mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans but also kill peo­ple.

Past records show that what­ever goes wrong, GHMC of­fi­cials are not held ac­count­able. No case or crim­i­nal ac­tion has been ini­ti­ated against of­fi­cials over their fail­ures in road main­te­nance. A ma­jor­ity of the fa­tal ac­ci­dents hap­pen when mo­torists/pedes­tri­ans try to ne­go­ti­ate with pot­holes. When the ditches are filled with rain­fall, it dodges the at­ten­tion of the peo­ple. Pedes­tri­ans/two-wheel rid­ers skid and fall. The lethal­ity of the ac­ci­dent de­pends on the speed at which they travel.

As of now, a ma­jor­ity of the city roads, es­pe­cially in­ter­nal roads, re­main cut open for var­i­ous works. With GHMC com­ing up with a warn­ing just a day or two be­fore the on­set of the mon­soon, con­trac­tors are throw­ing their hands up in des­per­a­tion, and ask­ing how they could com­plete the works in a tear­ing hurry. If they do a quick work, they point out, it would be a shoddy work that will not with­stand the mon­soon flood fury.

Mr A. G. Srini­vas from Premvi­jay Na­gar Colony wrote to the DC, say­ing, “The road be­tween Up­palamma tem­ple (Tiru­mala Gar­dens) to BJR Colony was dug more than six times to lay un­der­ground drainage pipes, wa­ter pipes, or carry out Re­liance works. No re-carpeting has been done. The en­tire stretch of road had be­come un­even and full of mud and dust.”

While this is one ex­am­ple of a bad stretch, in a ma­jor­ity of the di­vi­sions, res­i­dents are suf­fer­ing from dust emis­sions from the road and work sites due to their close­ness to dug up, unat­tended and un­fin­ished roads.

An of­fi­cial of the GHMC en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment said, “For ev­ery road- dig­ging work, a dead­line was set. The con­trac­tor must re-lay a new road within the stip­u­lated time­frame.

DC

A file photo of work­ers dig­ging a newly laid road at West Marred­pally to lay ca­bles.

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