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But, nothing VVIP-ish about it!

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 00:10 IST

THEY CALL it a VVIP ward for the localities it covers — Old Hyderabad, New Hyderabad, Hanuman Setu, Nishatganj, Balda Colony, Old Badshah Nagar, Colvin College, Police Lines, IT College. 

But, the conditions here are as good as in any other ward.

The drainage system is pathetic. Water supply is dripping by the day.

Encroachments are mushrooming like slums and security is lame. 

No wonder it gets 6 out of ten.

Harish, a resident of Nishatganj, says,

“We are fed up of fetching water from hand pumps. The water supply is very poor. The residents here get only one hour of water supply that too during the odd hours.”

Rajiv, a resident of Old Hyderbad, says, “The drains are in poor condition. Water-logging is rampant in the area, poor drains have always been a problem for us.”

“We avoid going alone on university road. The students there usually create  problem for the girls,” says Nidhi, a resident of Balda Colony.

“The ward requires sewer lines, which are not there. We have been demanding a proper sewer system but the authorities have done nothing, ” complains Arjun, a resident of New Hyderabad colony.

Shubham: “The drains are usually choked. Roads are broken in many places. And the we that we have are heavily encroached. The situation is getting worse by the day.”

Corporator Dr R P Singh Subhash says, “Water problem cannot be solved in a day. To solve the problem, I have installed 4 tubewells and 45 handpumps. The water supply is much better now when compared to five years before.”

Regarding sewer lines Subhash says, “ I have tried to get the sewer lines constructed in the area. In some parts sewer line has been laid but yes this time I want to develop a proper sewer system in the area.”

Regarding the problems created by university students he says, “This is law and order problem and it’s for administration to control the students.”