Low-tech infrastructure derails hi-tech IT hub

Civic amenities are abysmal in the new city, especially in the Gachibowli area
Hyderabad: Despite being the fastest growing area in Hyderabad with booming real estate activity and with the most housing colonies, corporates, nationalised banks and hospitals coming up, civic amenities are abysmal in the new city, especially in the Gachibowli area.
Around 3.5 lakh professionals reside around the IT hub of the state capital. This financial year, the GHMC has collected over Rs 600 crore towards building permission fees and 90 per cent of the applicants are setting up massive structures in Gachibowli, Kondapur and Raidurg areas.
The poor condition of a few main roads and most of the interior lanes have not come to the GHMC’s attention thanks to recent Metropolis Congress in October 2014 when only connecting roads leading to the Hyderabad Convention Center were repaired.
Other problems include lack of de-silting works in storm-water drains and improper disposal of waste. At many places the residents dump trash on the roads and in the sewers. The municipality has failed to desilt the drains and control the pest population as well.
Raja Shekar Reddy from Kondapur said, “Our area is the best example of unplanned infrastructure, there is no collection of garbage as well, residents dump waste at street corners. The GHMC zonal offices are not easily accessible, even through the call centres.”
The GHMC west zone authorities said, “The roads are divided and fall under GHMC, Roads and Building Department and the State Highway. Those under GHMC are being repaired, however, the Corporation is waiting for the R&B department to hand over the roads to take up works. Residents should consult the circle office for issues pertaining to the Health and Sanitation Wing.”
Developers want better roads, more streetlights:
Massive gated communities are coming up in the new city, especially in Gachibowli, Kondapur and Raidurg areas, but developers and investors want the GHMC to pay attention to the civic needs.
The population around APPA Junction, Gachibowli, Gandipet, Gopanpalli, Hitec City, Hydernagar, Hyderguda, Kondapur, Khajaguda, Kokapet, Kismatpur, Kukatpally, Madhapur, Miyapur, Nanakramguda, Narsingi and Tellapur have increased in the last decade. A site in-charge of Prestige Construction at Kondapur said, “A buyer will first look for good infrastructure in the locality and not the apartment.
While purchasing, roads, water supply, garbage collection and electricity play an important role. In many cases the investor is forced to decrease the price of the apartment owing to bad civic amenities; the buyers mostly bargain on infrastructural needs.” The Raidurg and Gachibowli area will be getting two big-brand hospitals and a seven star hotel as well.
“People from around the country and foreigners as well will be our clients and it is very important for the hotel to build infrastructure within and in the surroundings.
But we will need the help of the GHMC for streetlights, signboards, roads and even for clearing the dog menace,” said a hotelier.
Three head quarters of nationalised banks including Central Training Institute and staff quarters by IDBI, a data centre building of Bank of Baroda and a data centre building of State Bank of India will also come up in the Gachibowli area.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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