HYDERABAD: People living in the Secunderabad Cantonment are raising a hue and cry about bad roads, growing mosquito menace and pigs straying in residential areas. Residents living in Sindhi Colony, Sikh Village, West Marredpally and Trimulgherry said that, to compound their hardships, overflowing drains were posing a grave threat to motorists.
The issue of bad roads has not been resolved for years, according to locals, especially those in Sindhi Colony. They said the drainage overflowed almost every two days in a week throughout the year. “Roads are poorly constructed, they are uneven, and the speed-breakers are not constructed properly. Riding a two-wheeler in these roads is very dangerous. Due to the overflowing drains, it is difficult for the commuters to spot potholes. This is not only creating chaos in the area but also leading to serious accidents,” said Vaishali Ojha, a resident of Sindhi Colony.
The Sikh Village is often flooded with water as there is an open drain on one side of the road. According to the residents and commuters, it is extremely dangerous for people to cross road at the Mastana Hotel area while coming from Paradise Circle as it is inundated most of the time.
Power fluctuation is another problem that troubles people in this area. They alleged that the Secunderabad Cantonment Board helplines were always busy when they tried to file a complaint. “Continuous electricity fluctuations are not only disturbing the daily activities but also are dangerous due to high end electronic equipment present in our houses. A minor short circuit can prove dangerous. Either the officials must cut power supply for hours or resolve the issue of fluctuations,” said Niamesh Mehta, a resident of Sikh Village.
With heaps of garbage being dumped on roads and open defecation in slum areas, mosquito menace was on the rise, putting people’s lives at risk, he added.
Pigs can be spotted moving freely in Trimulgherry and West Marredpally, raising health concerns. Despite several complaints, no action was taken, said some of the residents. “Due to heavy rains and thunderstorms, the garbage is now lying on the road. The drainage water is also adding to the difficulties while travelling and the foul smell is unbearable. This also increased mosquito menace in the area and no action was taken despite several complaints,” said Hamza Tamba, a resident of Trimulgherry.