The trend of naming public amenities after politicians continues. But this one comes with a twist. It is intended to embarrass, not honour.
Residents of Malkajgiri in Hyderabad with the backing of the local BJP cadre, named the Anand Bagh Road Underbridge (RuB) as `KTR / Commissioner RuB, Malkajgiri’ to focus attention on the delay in finishing the work. KTR (KT Rama Rao) is the TRS Working president and was Municipal Administration minister in the TRS government between 2014-18. He is also Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son and responds to complaints and queries from citizens on Twitter.
In this particular case, it has been six years since work on constructing the RuB began. The RuB is to connect Anand Bagh with East Anand Bagh.
“When I raised the issue in the Legislative Council, KT Rama Rao who was then Municipal Administration minister said there is an issue between GHMC and Roads & Buildings department. Both are Telangana government departments. If this is constructed, it will reduce driving distance by nearly 4 km,” N Ramchander Rao, BJP MLC told Filter Kaapi.
This tactic worked in April 2018 when Congress activists partially repaired a damaged road in Secunderabad’s Marredpally area and christened the stretch as `KTR-Ivanka Trump Road’. It was thus named because only roads through which Ivanka Trump during a visit to Hyderabad was travelling, were recarpeted and given a facelift. After the public embarrassment, the GHMC repaired the road stretch properly.
Similarly during the monsoon last year, the opposition party put up pictures of KT Rama Rao and Kukatpally MLA of the TRS, M Krishna Rao on the potholes. The municipal body fixed the potholes pronto.
In Secunderabad Cantonment, residents with the backing of Congress workers filled potholes on a road stretch with gravel and stones and put up boards that said `KTR-Nirmala Sitharaman Road’. This was when Sitharaman was Defence minister.