Citizens of Warangal feel as if they have no one to approach in case they are faced with any problem in their locality. Thanks to the delay in conducting elections to the Municipal Corporation of Warangal, which is shortly turning into Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation, the civic problems in the city have remained unsolved ever since October 2010.
Ranging from drinking water crisis to sanitation and roads to garbage removal, officials are taking unilateral decisions on various issues. They are feeling the absence of people’s representatives to help officials identify and resolve day-to-day issues pertaining to the city.
For instance, the drinking water problem has been constantly causing severe trouble to people of this major city in the Telangana region. Though the central government has released Rs 170 crore for launching the project, it is delayed by four years due to want of additional funds. As there is no elected body, the government cannot sanction more funds against the norms.
“Water is not released through household taps as per schedule nor are people informed in advance in case of change. Sometimes, water is released at the dead of night when residents are in deep sleep. Though water is supposed to be supplied on every alternate days, it is being released once in three or four days,” complains M Shyamala, a retired employee living at Brahmanawada in Hanamkonda. An then there is no indication when the water will be released, she says.
Meanwhile, the old city areas in Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet have no proper drainage and sanitation systems.
Those living in newly developed colonies are somewhat better placed on this score as drainage pipelines have been laid properly. But life is hell for people living in the old parts of the city during the rainy season. Road extensions, laying of new sewerlines and such other works have been kept pending for want of approval from the elected body representatives without which funds will not be sanctioned by the government.
“Garbage cleaning is not being done regularly. While people’s representatives like corporators and councillors are easily accessible to people as they live close to them or even in their midst, officials are hardly accessible to the common man,” says U.Prabhakar, a former corporator.
“Shortage of manpower is making our task difficult. No doubt, municipal corporators would have come to our assistance in solving the civic problems,” admits an official.