Residents in the municipality of Jalpally in Rangareddy are complaining about the poor quality of roads, which has resulted in water-logging and sewage overflow during the rainy season. They blame the lack of accountability for contractors and faulty measurements approved by the Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA). The residents have observed sewage overflowing from septic tanks on the roads and streets, while water-logging has become a common issue after rainfall. The contractors failed to take proper measurements before laying roads in Jalpally.
According to the municipal authorities, a total of 236 road works have been sanctioned in the last three years, with a total expenditure of Rs.4,996.50 crore. In 2019-20, 1.56 km of roads were laid at a cost of Rs.1.24 crore. In 2020-21, 1.95 km of road works were carried out with an expenditure of Rs.1.66 crore. In 2021-22, works for 11.84 km of roads were approved, costing Rs.20 crore. Ward 9 had the highest number of approved works with 14, followed by ward 8 with 13, and ward 7 with 12.
However, residents in different wards dispute these claims and state that only one or two roads have been laid in their wards, despite having 6-10 streets each. They highlight the poor condition of roads in the Pahadi Shareef area, particularly the Pahadi Shareef-Mamidipally road, which was approved two years ago but remains in a terrible state. The residents are frustrated with the lack of action against unruly contractors and accuse the engineering section of the municipality of supporting them.
Community activist Syed Abdul Bari criticized the condition of roads in Pahadi Shareef and demanded action to improve them. M Ravi Kumar, president of the Weaver Cell in Ranga Reddy district, blamed the municipality’s engineering section for enabling the contractors and called for appropriate action to be taken by the CDMA.