‘Three metres wide’: GHMC swings into action after people measure pothole

Hyderabad, Feb 24: Hyderabadis manage to come up with innovative ideas to bring issues to the notice of the authorities.

This time, it was a Twitter user’s idea to measure up the potholes on the roads and make it public through social media. On February 18, Srinivas Velaga, from Hyderabad, posted a video wherein three people joined to measure the length and depth of a pothole near Nizampet. The road comes in the Hydernagar permits under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The citizens had found out that the potholes were three metres wide and half-feet deep. Following this, Mr Velaga had tweeted, “Nizampet, road which comes under Hydernagar division of GHMC is battered and people are suffering each day.”

Calling out MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) in his tweet, he further added “Sir, This is your adopted division and yet this is the situation. Potholes three metres wide and a half feet deep.”

The video, which garnered over 7,000 views, has been going viral on the micro-blogging site, mostly within Hyderabad. Within four days, GHMC officials have risen to the task. Zonal Commissioner of Kukatpally replied on Sunday that the issue had been rectified and posted the images of the filled potholes on Twitter.

This is not the first time that Hyderabadis have taken out unique modes of protesting against potholes on roads. In November, a group of residents planted saplings on some potholes at Peerzadiguda in Hyderabad. According to the residents, the road from Peerzadiguda Kaman to Boddupal had six huge potholes. Following the pothole protest, GHMC officials resolved the issue within 24 hours after the complaint was lodged

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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