Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandra-sekhar Rao’s ultimatum to officials to fill potholes by May 31 or face suspension seems to be working wonders. Large numbers of potholes have been filled up across the state, and the work is progressing at a fast pace.
Mr Rao had said he would do a tour of districts from June 1 to inspect the roads and see if potholes were filled as he had asked for, or not. While the panchayat raj department has filled up 15,000 potholes in rural areas so far, the roads and buildings department took care of 9,000 potholes on a war-footing since May 1, when CM sounded the bugle.
Officials are in a mad rush to achieve the target by the month end. Minister for roads and buildings Tummala Nageshwar Rao and minister for panchayat raj and rural development Jupally Krishna Rao have been reviewing the progress on a daily-basis. While the PR&RD department has identified 19,000 potholes on national and state highways, the R&B has identified over 15,000 potholes. “A majority of the potholes have been filled. Minor works are still left, but we expect to complete them by the month-end. We are on the way to achieving the target of pothole-free roads in TS,” Mr Krishna Rao said.