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Hyderabad Traffic Woes: Minutes of Rain Result in Hours-Long Jams, Urgent Infrastructure Upgrade Needed

In Hyderabad, even a ten-minute rain is enough to flood the roads, leading to traffic congestion everywhere. Despite unexpected rains in May, the GHMC and traffic authorities should have been alert by June but remain in a state of slumber.

As a result, Hyderabad and Cyberabad junctions get jammed with just a drizzle. Schools and colleges are set to reopen next week, and if the authorities continue to be negligent, city residents will face more traffic woes. Previously, traffic and GHMC staff coordinated to solve issues promptly, but this situation is not visible today.

For the past two days, it has been raining in the city. On Wednesday evening, a half-hour rain caused major roads in Cyberabad to jam, leading to traffic congestion till night. Similarly, a half-hour rain on Thursday afternoon resulted in vehicles getting stuck in places like Begumpet, Rasool pura, Rani ganj, Panjagutta, Khairatabad, Ameerpet, Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, and in Cyberabad areas like Madhapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Hitec City, and Ikea, causing traffic to halt for kilometers. The traffic congestion starting from noon worsened in the evening when office workers were heading home, adding to the already stationary traffic.

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Due to a lack of alertness, GHMC officials need to wake up considering recent incidents. There are over 150 major waterlogging points within the Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and Rachakonda police commissionerates. Only a few near major junctions and main roads cause significant problems. Even moderate rain leads to water accumulation, causing vehicles to slow down, affecting traffic flow and resulting in congestion. When there’s a chance of rain, GHMC and traffic staff should promptly monitor these waterlogging points, but this alertness is currently missing.

Meanwhile Summer vacations for schools are coming to an end, and they are set to reopen next week. Traffic congestion on the roads will increase during morning and evening hours. From 7 AM to 10 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM, traffic related to schools and colleges will cause further congestion. If it rains during the start or end of school bus timings, congestion will worsen. In the evening, as people finish work and head home, traffic will double. This situation can lead to severe difficulties for commuters. Ordinary citizens urge the traffic police commissioners and GHMC commissioner to take stringent measures regarding traffic. The public suggests that authorities remain vigilant, coordinate with staff, and take steps to solve problems.

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