Hyderabad: The red, yellow, and blue push pins — denoting unsafe roads, dark stretches, and bad roads — are growing by the day on the over 20 maps put up across the city. The maps were put up as part of a campaign — Let there be light — where citizens can highlight security issues in their areas by placing the colour-coded pins on the maps.
The campaign by Times of India and Radio Mirchi was launched after citizens raised concerns following Disha rape and murder case, over unsafe roads, and dimly-lit areas, besides pothole-ridden roads in the city.
Suchitra, 25, who works at a Diagnostic centre, said the road near Dhobighat in Lower Tank Bund area which takes her home is dimly lit and that is why she prefers leaving office before sundown.
“The streets get a little dark on this stretch, so I prefer to reach home early,” she said. “I have been staying here for the past year. …there are only a few street lights on this stretch. I feel a little anxious walking by the relatively empty and dark street.”
On the maps put up as part of the campaign, there are several yellow and red push pins put up by citizens on Lower Tank Bund and surrounding areas. While some raised concerns over lack of enough street lights, a few worried over the safety of women and children on these streets.
“While the area near Indira Park is well lit, there are stretches at Lower Tank Bund, which lack enough street lights,” said S Srinath, who owns a kirana shop in the area. “The stretch near Goshala and Dhobighat is relatively dark and empty after 8pm. There have been attempts of robbery and snatching in the past.”
Locals told TOI that because of lack of street lights, driving at night also becomes is a headache. “There are potholes, which are not visible at night,” said a local. Another resident said, “Roads becomes unsafe for women and children at night. One cannot wait for a big crime to occur to raise these issues.”Source: Times Of India