Hyderabad: Citizens will have to put up with bad roads until the last week of December. Although tenders were finalised by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, officials claimed that it had not received the amount required from the state government. The civic body has to clear bills worth Rs 10 crore in order to carry on with road laying work under the periodical preventive maintenance (PPM).
The corporation which had taken up the infrastructure work at a cost of Rs 721 crore has not even completed 70 per cent of the work despite the administrative sanction being accorded in January.
According to highly placed sources in the corporation, the civic body has already completed 4 packages out of 51. The corporation received a mere Rs 65 crore from the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited. Sources said that the corporation as of now had to clear bills worth Rs 25 crore out which Rs 10 crore had to be cleared immediately and Rs 15 crore worth work was in the pipeline, which had be cleared after a week. They said that the private agencies which had been executing the road laying work were threatening the civic body that they would stop work immediately if pending bills were not cleared. Out of 1,047 km, the corporation till date completed about 500 km of work. When asked about the same, a senior GHMC official said that if bills were not cleared immediately the civic body would not be able to complete the target by December.