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An endless saga of civic woes out here

Staff Reporter

In contrast to its name, Doodh Bowli area is awash with sewage water and impassable roads



TREACHEROUS TRACK: A road dug up for laying drainage pipes in Doodh Bowli.

Hyderabad: The name appears to be a misnomer. It is called Doodh Bowli but there is nothing of that kind here. No milk overflows here. Rather the roads are awash with filth and sewage water.

The narrow winding lanes of Doodh Bowli in the old city have gone from bad to worse. For the last two months they have become simply impassable thanks to the sewer line work being carried out by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB).

In the best of times the roads here are a driver's nightmare but now they have become treacherous.

Autos, two-wheelers and pedestrians can be seen fighting for space which is not there.

`Apathy' to the fore

The lanes are dug up for laying drainage pipes and left just like that. "People often trip and fall here but the Government is not bothered at all," says Ansari, a kirana shopkeeper. The road from Jamia Nizamia to the Husaini Alam police station has been restored at last.

But the Doodh Bowli area which starts from here is in a mess.

In total mess

The entire area up to Devedi Iqbal-ud-Dowla is an undulating terrain. Particularly, the road that links Fateh Darwaza is in a pitiable condition.

Near the Jagdish Huts the entire road is dug up leaving very little space for passers-by. Two wheelers squeeze past the narrow space at great risk. Autos and four wheelers are forced to take a long detour to reach Charmianar.

"The authorities should speed up the work to minimise inconvenience", say residents. Former Doodhbowli corporator M.A. Gaffar admits that people were faced with lot of inconvenience on account of the tardy pace of work.

Once the sewer line work was completed the road would be laid. A cement concrete road costing Rs. 12 lakh was already sanctioned, he says.

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