Hyderabad: The Conference of Parties 11 - Convention on Biological Diversity, perhaps the biggest ever conference that the city will host, is just three weeks away but the man on the street isnt happy. Not even at the sight of the Rs 180 crore beautification works underway in different parts of the city. The reason: the works have simply made life miserable for a good number of commuters and many do not see any rationale behind splurging money on temporary measures.
The potholes that keep popping up after every shower have turned many into cynics. One can only hope that this recarpeted road will last till the conference concludes, said Nitin, a commuter caught in a traffic jam at Gachibowli. Notwithstanding the claims of officials, the situation on the ground is not encouraging. Potholes still remain an integral part of the roads leading to Hitex, the venue of the conference beginning Oct 1.
The badly affected ones are near the Mahavir Hospital near Masab Tank, Punjagutta, NMDC, road number 2 Banjara Hills and near Pedamma temple in Jubilee Hills. Moreover, the re-laying of median on the Tolichowki-Gachibowli road has made traffic jams just worse than ever. I start at least 30 minutes early every morning to reach office on time. It is horrible to wait especially to just get past the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate area, fumed Sajit Kumar, an IT employee.
Of the 22 road corridors identified for repair and beautification by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation
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