Hyderabad: Incessant rains have damaged the expressway on the Outer Ring Road. While the water-filled potholes are catching commuters una-wares even in broad daylight, the absence of central median lighting is posing a grave threat to motorists.
Motorists said that though the vehicle speed is restricted to 100 km per hour on the ORR, potholes are damaging the vehicles even at 80 km per hour. It becomes very difficult to control vehicles which run into potholes, and drivers per force have to slow down further. This leaves them vulnerable to rear-end collisions.
According to Mr K. Amarnath Reddy, a commuter travelling from the Financial District to IDA Bolaram, the ORR is severely damaged at some places. He said some potholes appeared so deep that vehicles driving into them at speed would bounce up.
“Despite paying the toll fee, we are provided bad roads and dangerous potholes,” he said.
Echoing his concern, Mr Anurag Shrivastava said there were potholes at Tukkuguda, Kollur, Narsingi, Gachibowli, Patancheru, Bowr-ampet, Gowdavelli and Shamirpet.
He said a commuter entering the ORR from Tukkuguda and travelling towards Shamirpet would have a five-km stretch of good road. If the motorists maintains speed, they would suddenly hit potholes which can be dangerous, Mr Shrivastava said.