Hyderabad: The Global Entrepreneurs Summit, which will be held in the city from November 28, has come as a blessing in disguise for residents of Shamshabad-HICC-Falaknuma road which is getting a facelift. The rest of the city roads are left untouched. Deccan Chronicle did a quick visit to the localities where the condition of roads is deplorable. Kapra, Radhika, A.S Raonagar, Neerdmet in the east zone, Golkonda Crossroads, RTC Crossroads, Narayanguda, opposite Mahaveer Hospital at Masab Tank, Krishna temple near Niloufer, Ek Minar Masjid at Nampally, BHEL R&D, and Balanagar have damaged roads, filled with ditches.
Ms Smithi Agarwal said, “I live at Marredpally and requested the GHMC to repair the entire road which has been damaged.” Mohammed Moqeed from Ashok Nagar said, “We have water flowing onto the road at Ashok Viharnagar colony. We can’t use a vehicle there.” The civic body is putting thrust on roads, which will be used by VVIPs and other delegates who will flock to the city for the summit. Over 2,000 delegates are scheduled to stay in the city from November 28. Most of them will be staying in hotels at Madhapur and Falaknuma.
The area around the summit venue and hotels where the delegates are expected to stay are also being decked up. Smooth roads with planned greenery and painted pavements with tiles. This is the scene at Falaknuma which is being spruced up to roll out a red carpet welcome for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ms Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US President, for the summit. The new look enthrals road users on the busy Shamshabad, Aramgarh, Chandrayangutta and Falaknuma areas. However, it is completely a mess in the neighbourhood. “The past two weeks were bad for us. The roads got damaged in the heavy rains and the authorities are least bothered to repair them,” said Mr. Syed Mahmood Hussain, pointing out to the damaged road from Bibi Ka Chashma to Engine Bowli.
A kilometre away from the place, foul smell emanates from Sikander Hotel street at Fatimanagar, right behind the majestic Taj Falaknuma Hotel. The drains in the neighbourhood are overflowing for the last few days. “The local corporator visited twice and assured us help. But nothing has happened so far,” said a woman resident. “The government is spending lakhs to improve the facilities on the main road for VVIPs who would travel in high-end cars. What about tax payers who have to suffer this miserable condition,” noted Mr Haji Akram, a resident of Farooqnagar. “At least some works should be taken up. Right in front of our eyes our money is spent to treat VVIPs,” complai-ned Mr Mohammed Yawar, a transport agent.