Hyderabad: Tired of civic apathy, a group of residents planted saplings in a few potholes at Peerzadiguda in Hyderabad, hoping their unique protest will wake up municipal officials from their slumber.

Locals said the road from Peerzadiguda Kaman to Boddupal has six huge potholes and that their repeated complaints over the past four months have fallen on deaf ears. Prashanth, who uses the stretch daily, said only a different method of protest will perhaps push the officials to solve their problem.

Locals plant saplings in potholes

The road has three schools that collectively have nearly 3,000 students, said Prasanth. “I fear for the children who travel on this road daily. So I thought if I place a few saplings in the middle of the road, where there are potholes, it will grab people’s attention.”

The citizens however did not plant real saplings, they were fallen branches of trees, which they pruned, so that they can be removed when the pothole filling will take place.

If the municipal corporation doesn't take action in a month, said Prasanth, the residents of the area will fill the craters themselves.

Another protester, Venkata Chary, told NewsMeter: “We fear that such potholes will lead to accidents and children using this road might get hurt. We have been complaining for four months now. It is very difficult to drive on this road and we need a solution to this. Hence we agreed to this idea.”

Locals plant saplings in potholes

Potholes have also been a huge problem in other parts of the country, prompting citizens to raise their voices through demonstrations as well as creativity.

Earlier, a man dressed as an astronaut and walked on a potholed road at Malleshwaram in Bangalore to highlight the plight of the public. The video of his 'moonwalk' set the social media afire, triggering a wave of memes.

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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