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Rain takes a toll of old city roads

Staff Reporter

Driving on important stretches has become a Herculean task


Santosh Nagar water tank junction connects four key areas of the old city

A good portion of the Chandrayangutta-Balapur stretch has turned into a mini pond


– Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Dare to drive?: Incessant rain has made the Chandrayangutta-Balapur road a motorist’s nightmare.


Hyderabad: A torturous journey is what one is bound to experience if they happen to commute in the interior streets of the old city.

Most of the important stretches cut a sorry picture with potholes, slush, loose stones and not to mention, water logging points that have made driving a miserable affair.

Starting from the Santosh Nagar water tank junction, the busy road is infested with cesspools of rain water, owing to heavy rain since the past few days.

However, vehicles continue to move at snail’s pace trying to get past the slush while avoiding the oncoming vehicles.

Key junction

The junction connects four key areas of the old city that are -- Yakutpura, Chandrayangutta, Santosh Nagar and Edi Bazaar. “There is always a traffic jam in this area. A few days back an overcrowded auto overturned owing to the slushy road,” complains Wahid Ali Baig, a labourer who uses the road often. This is not all; the road at New Dazzling High School at Talabkatta is in an even worse condition.

The C.C. road suddenly steps down to a cobble stone path where stones and pebbles jut out.

“This road is jam packed with students during evenings. With such a horrible condition of the road, one has to be extra careful while driving through the pot holes and authorities concerned should see to it that such conditions must not come up near schools,” says Mohammed Farooq.

Pathetic

Moreover, the Chandrayangutta Police Station Road, and Chandrayangutta-Balapur stretch have become inaccessible owing to horrendous road conditions.

While the police station road has developed potholes owing to the recent rains, the stretch has been seeing a lot of traffic jams lately.

“It’s impossible to move around in the area especially during late hours. The whole road is blocked with vehicles trying to get on to the main road. Also, a good portion of the Chandrayangutta-Balapur stretch has turned into a mini pond. Authorities concerned ought to look into these appalling road conditions,” says former corporator of Majilis Bachao Thareek, Amjadullah Khan.

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