Hyderabad: Around 15 Boddupal residents sat on a hunger strike near the Ambedkar statue on the colony’s main road demanding a 100-bedded government hospital.

They have been demanding a hospital and a degree college in the vicinity for the past two years claiming that Bodddupal has a population of 2.5 lakh and deserves both facilities.

Local resident Venkat Chary says, “We come under Medipally mandal. As per government rules, every mandal should have a separate government hospital and college. We have neither.”

The people during an emergency are forced to travel to Gandhi Hospital, which is 12 kms away, claim residents. The area has only a small clinic, which is not open round-the-clock.

Some college students participated in the hunger strike demanding government degree and polytechnic colleges besides a library.

Sashidhar, a student from that locality told NewsMeter, said, “Even to study in a private college, which is in Habsiguda, we have to travel around 10 kms.”

The mandal, as of now, only has a government school that offers education up to X standard.

“The pass percentage from the school is good, but due to non-availability of a government college nearby, most of the students drop out after 10th standard,” says Sashidhar.

Boddupal is 10 kms away from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits and comes under the newly-formed Boddupal Municipality and Medipally mandal.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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