Hyderabad: A corporator from Hyderabad's Hayathnagar area held a unique protest against the waterlogged roads after the heavy rains in the city in the last few days.
Mr Tirumal Reddy, the Hayathnagar corporator lay down in rainwater on Wednesday near Green Meadows Colony where as many as 800 residents are suffering due to the bad roads. His demand is that the government develop the roads in his area.
Mr Tirumal Reddy, began his protest at 8 am on Wednesday and lay down in the rainwater for about 15 to 20 minutes in support of the residents of Green Meadows. Mr Tirumal Reddy alleged that due to the bad roads there have been accidents and a number of residents have been injured after falling into these potholes.
While speaking about his protest, Mr Tirumal Reddy told Newsmeter, “As many as 800 residents stay in Green Meadows Colony. They have been suffering for a long time due to the bad roads in their locality. To support them and to demand that the government develop roads in this area, I chose to protest in this manner. My protest is against the contractor who is delaying the laying of roads in this colony.”
"The issue came to my notice after the residents complained about the bad roads in the colony. The contractor ignored their complaints. Numerous times I have asked the engineering department to blacklist this contractor as he was not doing his duty, but the department also paid no heed. Now after I protested the contactor has promised to finish the work in a day or two,” Mr Tirumal Reddy said.
In the last few days Hyderabad city witnessed heavy rains that lead to waterlogging and traffic snarls in many areas across the city. Due to the continuous rains, residents living in low-lying areas suffered the most as the roads to their colonies were inundate.
As per the latest forecast by the Indian Metrological department, the southwest monsoon has been active over Telangana. Heavy rain occurred at isolated places in Nizamabad, Nirmal,Nagarkurnool and Rangareddy districts of Telangana.