• Peerzadiguda municipality filled potholes after residents filled them with saplings

Hyderabad: Peerzadiguda residents’ woke up today morning to a surprise. They realised that their demands had been met when they saw that their road repaired. After a group of residents planted saplings in a few potholes at Peerzadiguda in Hyderabad, the municipal authorities took action and filled the potholes as a temporary solution.

Peerzadiguda residents found a solution to their pothole problem that they have been facing for the last four months. Going away from the traditional protest methods, they planted a few fallen branches from trees in these potholes. There were six potholes in the road from Peerzadiguda Kamman to Boddupal. This uniquely engaging protest happened on Sunday morning.

The residents’ efforts gathered attention and the officials, who hadn’t fixed the issue for four months, soon started repair works and the road was fixed today morning. The potholes were filled with tar as a temporary solution to the problem.

After tiring himself complaining to the authorities about the potholes, Prasanth decided that this had to be addressed differently. He had registered his complaints several times with the Peerzadiguda municipality authorities, and no action was taken.

Seeing as how the bureaucratic process wasn’t exactly effective here, the residents came up with the idea to fill the potholes with saplings. Prasanth mentioned that he knew that filling the potholes with plants would gather people’s attention, and later the authorities’ attention as well. He was right, and it helped solve the issue, even though it is temporary.

The road from Peerzadiguda Kamman to Boddupal has around three schools that collectively have nearly 3,000 students. The citizens wanted to get the streets repaired before anything happened to any of the students.

The residents are happy that their problem is rectified. Seeing how the municipality’s decision was temporary, the residents have asked the Municipal Commissioner of Peerzadiguda to rectify the issue permanently.

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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