Guntur: Many of the roads in the capital region, except those used by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to reach the interim Secretariat, are in a sorry state. Mr Naidu travels from his residence to Velagapudi through Venkatapalem and Mandadam to Velagapudi on the River bund and this road is pristine. However, the road from Krishnayapalem to Penumaka and the one from Tullur to Nidamarru through Nelapadu, Sakhamuru, Inavolu, Kuragallu is a highway to hell.
Even the River bund road after Uddandarayunipalem up to Vaikuntapuram is full of potholes and pits and without black top layer. The road from Rayapudi to Uddandarayunipalem through Lingayapalem also gives bumpy rides to the users. Anantaram to Vadlamanu, Rayapudi, Abbarajupalem and Borupalem, Nirukonda to Kuragallu roads are lying in a state of neglect. Though the main road from Tullur to Mangalagiri has been developed, the road that connects Penumaka to Krishnayapalem is completely damaged.
Another problem that some of the capital villages face is plying of heavy trucks carrying sand from the reaches. People are facing problems from these trucks at Rayapudi, Krishnayapalem, Undavalli, Penumaka. On Wednesday, locals staged a protest at Atmakuru. T. Srinivas, a local, said that the trucks were plying through the village have completely damaged the road.
A native of Penumaka G. Naresh Reddy said thousands of trucks ply every day from the village and the dust pollution they cause is enormous. Though the government claims that world-class infrastructure will be developed, the roads in the capital region are of not even of the local standards, Mr Naresh Reddy said....