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A highway to hell!

Abhijit Dev Kumar

Stretches of NH-7 passing through city are in a horrible state

- Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

BOAT RIDE ANYBODY?: Motorists wade through stagnant rainwater on the main road at Bowenpally.

HYDERABAD: What was once considered one of the best roads -- ideal for long drives -- has now turned into a driver’s nightmare. Water logging, debris and a slippery road stretch with ditches -- this pretty much sums up the condition of National Highway-7 connecting Hyderabad to Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Busy stretch

The busy stretch, which passes through areas like Balanagar, Bowenpally, Medchal and Kompally, is dotted with a lot of function halls and eateries, not to mention tea stalls where truckers stop to take a break. In addition, a number of buses of engineering colleges and schools ply on the road . Owing to continuous rain, a part of the road has eroded, turning it into a slushy puddle.

“The road has become so slippery , that it’s difficult to drive,” complains Mahesh Reddy, a regular commuter on the stretch.

The road witnesses a lot of heavy vehicles plying on the stretch with most of them stopping over at the dhabas during late hours.

“The authorities are to be blamed for such roads. Highways need to be maintained well. Moreover, with the road being slippery, those who drive smaller vehicles run the risk of skidding,” says Bhupender Singh, a truck driver.

Businesses hit

Moreover, dhaba owners complain that the number of customers has dwindled because of the awful condition of the highway. “Most of them come in cars. In spite of our boys standing at the entrance trying to direct vehicles to the restaurant, they don’t stop because of a cesspool of water right in front of the entrance,” grumbles one of the dhaba owners.

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