Hyderabad: The State Bharatiya Janata Party has alleged that the Rs 7,000 crore Outer Ring Road, measuring 162 kilometers in length and about 500 yards in width, being laid around Hyderabad was full of shortcomings and the contractors pursuing it were not following any standards in works at all.
The first phase of ORR taken up five years ago with the funds of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority between Gachibowli and Shamshabad has not been completed as yet. Besides the Puppalguda junction, all other service road works were pending. The works with regard to Kondlakoya (Medchal), Muttangi (Patancheru) and Ghatkesar junctions have not yet begun on account of a stay by the High Court. On the other hand, works pertaining to the second phase of ORR was marching ahead at a snail’s pace. More importantly, no compensation has been paid to the donors of land so far”, said the State vice-president of party, Dr S Malla Reddy, while speaking to the media here on Wednesday.
Dr Malla Reddy wondered at the assurance given by the officials of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority to the Chief minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy at the review meeting in respect of completing the Pedda Amberpet- Shamshabad- Pathancheru road by May 31 and the Pathancheru- Medchel- Shamirpet road by December 31, regardless of a lot of anomalies and procrastination being reported since the very beginning of ORR.
Disapproving of the toll tax rates announced by the HMDA, Dr Malla Reddy lashed out at the decision to collect toll tax on the 22 kilometre long road laid between Gachibowli- Shamshabad as part of the first phase. “As a result, some thousands of passengers heading towards the Shamshabad International Airport would likely to fall prey to this drastic move by the HMDA”, he added.
Referring to the service road being laid in a width of about 30 yards on both sides of the ORR, Dr Malla Reddy said that it would have interceptions at four places i.e Goudavalli, Ghatkesar, Shamshabad and Edulanagulavalli due to the railway track. As a result, the passengers have to deviate from the service road and cross over the railway tracks in order to get on the service road again. The vehicles and passengers would have to face such miserable situation as bridges were not built over the railway track to reconnect with the service road, he noted and also claiming that it was a draconian move to leave service road without laying bridges to enable smooth passage for passengers for fear of just around Rs 100 crores, though the entire ORR was pegged at about Rs 7,000 crore.
Dr Malla Reddy also alleged that almost all the companies that were entrusted with the task of ORR have bestowed works to sub-contractors, who in turn were compromising in terms of following the quality norms on account of lack of experience and expertise and non-receipt of money in time from the main contractors. Many retaining walls built at various places have collapsed due to sub-standard construction, he noted. He also said that old roads leading to many villages adjacent to the ORR were closed and lower passes at lower height at some places have been built. On account of this, the villages are about to face severe hardships since heavy vehicles would unlikely to proceed into those villages.
Hence he demanded that the work pertaining to the ORR should be accelerated and norms of quality should be followed in this connection. Adequate compensation should be paid to all those who have lost their land and livelihood due to the ORR. The main contractors should give up awarding sub-contractors. Toll tax system should be scrapped. All radial works should be speeded up. All the disputes with those farmers who approached courts should be resolved amicably through confabulations.
Ranga Reddy district president of the party, Mr T Anjan Kumar and the in charge of Rajendranagar Constituency, Mr K Narender Reddy, also spoke. (NSS)