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Traffic nightmare on Mettuguda road

Staff Reporter

It was bumper-to-bumper on Secunderabad-Mettuguda-Tarnaka route

— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Horrendous: Traffic goes haywire on the Mettuguda stretch as it was diverted via Malkajgiri following unrest at Osmania University on Monday.

HYDERABAD: Road users on the Secunderabad-Mettuguda-Tarnaka route on Monday had a horrid time in commuting across the stretch as Osmania University thoroughfare was blocked for traffic. An overflowing drainage pipeline at Alugaddabavi Railway Bridge only added to the problem.

Majority of the office goers, school and college students and others who were stuck in traffic jams on the stretch ended up turning late at their respective destinations. In what used to be a 40-minute drive from Habsiguda to Secunderabad on Monday took over one and half hours to travel. It was literally bumper-to-bumper traffic, said Varadharaja Goud, a railway employee.

In view of the unrest on Osmania University campus, motorists from Habsiguda heading towards Shivom or Nallakunta who usually take left turn via Jamia Osmania flyover preferred to take the Mettuguda stretch, resulting in more traffic jams, said a traffic constable.

Even RTC buses plying on the ECIL-Koti route plying via Lalapet and university campus were diverted through Shanthinagar, Mettuguda, Chikalguda, Musheerabad and RTC crossroads to reach Vidyanagar.

This apart, overflowing drainage pipelines near Rail Nilayam and beneath the Alugaddabavi railway bridge affected the traffic movement from 8 a.m to 12 noon on the stretch. This has been the case since last couple of months. “Despite repeated requests to Water Board authorities, they failed to take up permanent repair works or replace the existing pipelines,” says a traffic police officer.

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