Hyderabad: More than 48 hours have passed since 17-year-old Riya Gudial breathed her last, succumbing to grievous injuries after her scooter skid on a muddy pothole-ridden road in Hyderabad and she was run over by an RTC bus. The family's sense of loss and demand for justice has been growing with every passing minute.
While the authorities of the Municipal Corporation, Roads and Buildings department and the Metro Rail are busy passing the buck to each other, the Municipal Commissioner admits that lack of coordination between various departments is causing greater damage to roads
While the RTC bus driver is under arrest for negligent driving, citizens who face the daily threat of potholes say officials in charge of maintaining roads are equally responsible for the tragic death of Riya Gudial. Officials say Rs 20 to 25 crore will be spent this month alone on road repairs, Rs 95 crore was spent last year.
The state's Roads and Buildings department is now directly under the Chief Minister. Yet, given the quality of repairs and the omnipresent potholes, one wonders, if the taxpayers' money has been washed down the drain, quite literally and whether a teenager's death will shake the government out of its apathy.