Despite represented by the ruling party, Guddimalkapur Ward No.71, too reeling under array of issues like no proper sanitation, garbage collection, lack of sewerage lines, supply of polluted water, no proper street lights, open drains, broken manhole covers and inconvenient roads besides encroachments over water bodies.
Guddimalkapur, the name that reminiscent of the famous vegetable market amidst the residential quarters, witnessed a tough competition between the TRS and the BJP last time as the former snatch the seat by securing 12685 votes while later got second position by pulling 7117 votes.
However, a stark contrast between the votes being registered and being pulled was witnessed during the last elections from this ward too wherein only 21,516 voters out of 48,322 registered electors franchised their right to vote.
With an increase of 2842 votes during the last four years, this ward that was reserved under BC category now has a total number of 51,164 votes while last time the total electors stood at 48,322. Of the 51,164 electors, there are 26,175 males and 24,989 female voters.
Similar to the last elections this time too there are total 10 candidates contesting the election that include D.Karunakar from BJP, N.Venu Goud from Congress, A.Surender Singh from TDP, M.Karthik Yadav, Giri Karuna, P. Srinivas and Madhav Rao Bekkam, Mohammed Abdul Azeem and Sattar Gulam from IND besides Bangari Prakash, who is presently representing the ward.
Most of the unresolved issues are from areas like Taleem Amlapur, Daiwada, Ramaiwadi, Joshiwada, Heeranagar, Boja Gutta (Noor ghat ka pahad) and Mahboob Colony. “Elected representatives and leaders seldom visit the areas and complaints with regard to civic issues weren’t addressed on time. Civic issues are always put under pendency from days to months there by forcing us to grin and bear,” said Rahul Gaikwad, a resident of Daiwada, Guddimalkapur.
“No proper roads and sanitation are the primary issues that have not been addressed systematically. The GHMC officials and staff least pay heeds to our complaints. Roads are always filled with overflowing sewerage while heaps of garbage could be seen every few meters on the roads and inside colonies. Also, less number of government dispensaries add more woes for the residents,” Mohan, a resident of Ramaiwada, Guddimalkapur.