Dear KTR,

We, the citizens of Hyderabad, are glad to see you hold surprise inspections and check on condition of roads. However, except for photo ops, your visits or checks have not brought any respite to the citizens.

I respect you immensely for the effort you are putting in to make Hyderabad shine again. I’m a huge fan of your marketing skills. But, all your claims of a “Global city” fall in the rut when one looks at the roads in the city or the drains that flood the city when there’s a sudden downpour.

When we claim to be a global city, shouldn’t your administration take the onus of at least making sure that the city has good roads? Isn’t that the most basic thing a city deserves when it is vying to be one of the top cities in India, given that you call Telangana a “start-up state”?

We do appreciate your quick replies on Twitter where civic problems are brought to the GHMC’s notice. But, laying of roads in patches, filling of potholes as big balls of tar which prove to be dangerous in the nights are almost nightmares for any person driving through the city.

Let me give you an example of the foolishness of your administration. The pavement alongside the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet has been demolished and constructed four times in the last 4-5 months. There was no need to keep re-doing it until every contractor got a profit out of it. What’s the point of re-constructing a pavements over and over again?

Let us not discuss about the IT corridor here because you seem to be too stuck in that part of the city while the rest of the city is struggling to even commute through the back-breaking roads. There’s proof of bad road right in front of the Chief Minister’s residence. And, that place turns into a mini pond when it rains and the traffic comes to a grinding halt. This is the situation with the entire city (excluding the IT corridor where you click selfies with your IT mates).

We do see the traffic police trying to do their best when there is traffic congestion due to rains or any other issue. However, the administration seems to be least bothered. The roads are dug up everywhere. There’s no method to this madness. Adding to our woes are the increased stoppage of traffic due to VIP passage.

In all these years, the citizens are witnessing highest traffic halts due to VIP passage. Worse of all, even after yesterday’s downpour in the city which flooded half of it, we see VIP halting the traffic when there was already visible chaos on roads.

Aren’t we trying to be a Smart City? If that’s the case, why can’t we find a way to lay roads uniformly (without layers and layers of uneven stretches) which do not damage roads? We are in 2016 and it is unfortunate that the local administration has still not been able to figure out a way to lay roads using the latest technologies.

We hope that you take a tour of the entire city to know the ground realities instead of just making tall claims of a “global city” while the roads look nowhere close to the global standards.

Yours faithfully,

A Young Angry Hyderabadi

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in their private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of South Report.

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