While copious rains have brought cheer for the farming community it has wreaked havoc in the lives of some residents in the Old Bidar City, thanks to bad roads and overflowing drains.
Take for instance the case of residents of Dalhan Darwaja Road behind the zilla panchayat office, Decent Function Hall, and Gawan Chowk. Every time there is a downpour, the drains overflow on the roads making it difficult for its users.“We have to wade through water to go out. Riding a two-wheeler in such situations is out of question,” said Mir Bidri, a resident of Faizpura lane.
Syed Firasat Ali, resident, says: “Water enters my house every alternate day when it rains. It has become a routine for us to flush out water.”
Some residents say a part of the problem is their own making.
A.Q. Khaleel, a retired employee who lives here, says, “Five years ago, the city municipal council demolished houses along the stretch from the ZP office to Ashtur village and the one connecting Gawan Chowk to Nizam Cross. The authorities said owners had encroached upon government land. Some people went to court and got a stay. So, whenever CMC took up road works, the two roads were left out. However, now that the stay on works on Gawan Chowk Road has been lifted, work has begun there”, he said.
Syed Riaz, Commissioner in-charge of the CMC, said repair and relaying of the two roads would be taken up in phases. These works have nothing to do with the cases. They are two different issues. The CMC is mandated to repair roads and drains across the city, he said.