Hyderabad: The residents along Shyam Karan Road in Ameerpet were in for a surprise over the weekend. Officials suddenly took action on their long-pending complaints about school buses being parked on the roadsides and garbage strewn everywhere.
The ostensible reason for the action was the arrival of ministers and top officials to the residence of Sarath Koppu’s parents, who stay in the area.
“Officials took some action at certain times not not on this scale,” said Mr Satyanarayan Guntur, a resident of Ganesh Mansion on Shyam Karan Road.The residents had earlier met minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav with their complaints. “We also approached corporator Seshu Kumari and she helped us but not much could be done,” Mr Satyanarayan said.
Mr Satyanarayan told this newspaper that politicains who went to the Koppu house on Sunday saw the conditions for themselves. This may have made officials take action, he said.
Local resident Sharda Raj asked why sweepers were not clean the roads every day, leaving the payments dirty. “But now, it is all clean and no one is parking their cars and school buses after politicians started visiting the area two days ago.”
Police vehicles pass through this stretch every day but ignore the illegally parked vehicles and the eatery that is being run on the street, said another resident, Ms Sijatha. Asked if the sudden was due to the arrival of ministers, she said, “Maybe.” She pointed out that the area was cleaned up on Sunday.
Mr Srinivas Yadav assured the residents that six CCTV cameras would be installed on the road. Besides, Saplings would be planted on the pavements, and assured that officials would personally check the progress of work.
Sharath’s body to arrive in cityThe body of Sharath Koppu, who was shot dead in a restaurant in Kansas on Friday last week, will reach the city on Wednesday evening. According to a post on the Twitter handle of the Consulate General of India in Chicago, all documentation for the transportation of the mortal remains of Sharath were completed on Tuesday.
The body was expected to reach Hyderabad on an Air India flight later on Wednesday.
The state government, in coordination with the US authorities, the ministry of external affairs and the Indian Embassy in the US, was making arrangements to bring Sharath’s body home. It had offered to arrange for his parents to travel to the US to take possession of the body.
The only son of Mr Rammohan and Malathi, who reside in Ameerpet in the city, Sharath was pursuing his master’s degree in engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The 26-year-old was shot dead on Friday night at a restaurant in Kansas. Sharath last spoke to his family on Friday evening before his death and informed that he was on his way to work.
The tweet from the official twitter handle of ‘India in Chicago’ read “All documentation for the transportation of mortal remains of Sharath Koppu were completed on Tuesday and mortal remains left Kansas City.”