Hyderabad: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that closing roads in Hyderabad's SCB area was an issue of security. Responding to local MP Ch Malla Reddy’s request to reopen the roads for civilians, Mr Parrikar said it was a question of maintaining peace.
“How many persons came to Pathankot, and how many were involved in the attacks at Gurdaspur? Only two or three,” he said. “I know the problems of Army men. The security scenario has changed in the last 10 years. We need to focus on security.”
He said he understood the suffering of locals due to the closure of the roads. “I can understand the problems of a state government with the Centre. I was a CM (of Goa) and I am aware of such problems. We should focus on alternatives and I’ll discuss about them with the government. I myself shall visit all the roads which are closed in the Cantonment,” he said.
He was here to inaugurate the Bolaram hospital, which has been reconstructed by the Secunderabad Cantonment Board. Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya was present at the event.