Lack of roads in newly-developed Vizag localities leave residents fuming
VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when property registrations including that of flats and plots are booming, residents of various newly-developed localities are fuming as basic amenities including underground drainage and roads are yet to be laid in the Port City.
Residents, who have purchased properties in areas such as Madhurawada, PM Palem, Kurmannapalem, and Pendurthi, are complaining that road connectivity to these layouts are yet to be developed. Meanwhile, due to the lack of clear marking of roads, many are taking advantage of the situation and constructing unauthorised buildings.
“The master plan roads have to be laid immediately, otherwise, a lot of unauthorised constructions will come up creating major bottlenecks in the coming days,” a senior builder said, adding, “Take the example of the PM Palem road, which is already present in the master plan. At least Vuda has to put up a display board stating that there will be a road here. Then if there is any unauthorised construction, people will bring it to the notice of the relevant authorities. For a long time now, these works are on hold and causing trouble to residents and builders.”
Speaking to TOI, Chesetty Govind Rao, a resident of MVP Colony, said, “The allottees of 710 flats under the Vuda Haritha housing project at Madhurawada have started occupying and staying in their flats. There is provision for a 100-feet master plan road up to the site from Midhilapuri, which is a distance of 2 km. About 3,000 people will start residing at this gated community project soon. Other mega housing projects are also coming up in the vicinity. There is an urgent need of rebuilding the 100 feet road and erecting street lights up to the colony for the safety and security of the public. GVMC and Vuda authorities need to look into the matter urgently.”
Meanwhile, K Arunkumar of Bakkannapalem said, “We spent nearly Rs 30 lakh by taking home loans to purchase a brand new flat near the last bus stop of PM Palem adjacent to Bakkannapalem. Even though a 100 feet road was planned by the Vuda long ago, it has not been done till now. All the newly-built flats are being covered with dust from the mud roads in our area.”
At the same time, Sanjaya Gandhi of Sathavahana Nagar said, “Our area was developed nearly four years ago, but the roads have not been laid and it is causing a lot of problems for the residents. Our area is located near Kurmannapalem and apart from the gravel roads, there are very steep inclines, which is dangerous for schoolchildren. This may also lead to accidents and injuries unless measures are taking to repair the roads at the earliest.”
Referring to the issue, a Vuda source said, “The plans are there for laying the roads, but many of the works have been delayed due to various issues.”