Hyderabad: Even as the GHMC elections are scheduled to take place in December, residents of Nallagandla are waiting for the Nallagandla-Tellapur road to be repaired and the promised internal roads and parks in their area to be constructed.

The Nallagandla-Tellapur road falls under the road and building radial division. Even after several complaints from residents, the potholes on the road have not been fixed. "For the past year, we have made repeated requests to get the roads fixed or at least patched up. But the GHMC officials and the road and building department have not taken any action so far. The road till Miyapur is in a sorry state," said Srikanth Reddy, a resident of Nallagandla.

Internal roads, that was promised by the GHMC six months ago, are yet to be constructed, Mr. Reddy complained. "Even the patchwork has not been done by the GHMC," he added.

The residents also alleged that as the area is developing, the officials feel it is not important to care about the residents of the area. "We need a good road where we can drive safely. You find potholes every few hundred meters," said Sanjeev, another resident of Nallagandla.

The drainage system in the area is over a decade old and the municipal body does not carry out any maintenance work. "The drainage system requires maintenance. During the rainy season, water slippage occurs," said Mr. Reddy.

The government had planned to build parks in the area and provide greenery for the residents. However, no area has been identified for the parks. "We also requested an open-air gym and sports facility for kids but the corporator has not come up with any concrete plan," he said.

Nallagandla comes under the Gachibowli ward.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has spent Rs 2.23 crore for filling potholes in Kukatpally and Serilingampally constituencies in two years.

In an RTI reply to the Society for Safety of Public and Good Governance, the GHMC said that they have sanctioned a total budget of Rs 2,23,90,000 for filling the potholes from 2017 to 2019.

The report stated that potholes were filled in the wards of Old Bowenpally, Balanagar, Kukatpally, Vivekanada Nagar, Hyder Nagar and Alwyn Colony. "Most of the time the roads get damaged by rains and those are fixed by the GHMC when we file a complaint. If we see that GHMC is doing its job we have no reason to complain," said Sai Teja, activist and a resident of Kukatpally. Teja also said that sometimes it takes time for GHMC to fix these potholes.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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