Hyderabad: There is no respite for commuters travelling from Hafeezpet to Lingampally. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board had dug up a six-kilometre road to lay the Manjeera pipeline. But it has been a decade since then, and the road is still not restored. Over the years, the residents have given several representations to both the water board and the GHMC, but officials from both organisations have refused to claim ownership of the responsibility and instead have conveniently been passing the buck from one to the other.
According to highly placed sources, the water board had acquired a private land 40 years ago to supply Manjeera water through 300 dia pipelines. However, due to rapid development of the city, this acquired land had been put to public use. The six-kilometre land connected Hafeezpet flyover with Lingampally, which is the short route to connect to the IT corridor via Lingampally, especially for commuters coming to Kukatpally.
The water board has already laid pipelines for Manjeera Phase I, II and III. But there has been a constant leakage of PAC pipelines which were laid during 1960s and 1970s. The water board has managed to replace 2 kms pipelines but the remaining stretch is yet to be replaced which has been irking commuters incessantly. Motorists claim that they have been suffering since a decade.
Sharing his experience, A. Rajeev Kumar, a 35-year old-techie, who commutes from Alwal to his office in Hi-tec city said that the issue has been unresolved since a decade. He said that road was dug up and during the monsoons, the road posed a grave threat to the commuters every year. “Several representations were made both to the water board and GHMC but there has been no resolution of the issue,” he said.
When queried, a senior GHMC official claimed that the road had been officially handed over to HMWSSB and the civic body has no role to play in the repair of the road. Meanwhile, water board officials claimed that it was a private road and they would not restore it due to the repair work that still remained....