HYDERABAD: Civil rights activists have strongly condemned closing down of certain roads around the AOC Centre in a phased manner and decried the Army’s viewpoint on the road closure.

Non-governmental organisation Anti-Corruption Enforcement (ACE) Forum’s S Chandrasekhar and others, in a release issued here on Saturday, said no sensitive installations were listed by the Army.

To the Army’s claim that colonies came up much after the Cantonment had already been established, they said areas, including Malkajgiri, Safilguda, Yapral, Kowkoor Safilguda station, RK Puram station, Ammuguda station areas were not settled recently, but were already shown even in 1923 map.

“It was important for people to reach the bazars of Bolarum/Alwal area, Mud Fort, Bowenpally, which were part of the British Cantonment. Octroi checkposts are shown at junctions where the cart tracks meet the closed roads (example, from Yapral, Kowkoor to the Golf Course-Lakdawala road – now closed). This obviously means that the closed roads were freely used by people and were in fact arteries connecting the villages to the bazars,” the release added.

To the Army’s claim that intense parleys were held with state government and civil administration for development of alternative roads, the members said, “These ‘intense parleys’ have really not been with the objective of developing alternate roads but more of a declaration by the Army that roads are going to be closed and that it is the civilian administration’s duty to immediately make alternative arrangements. Far from being an inclusive discussion, these meetings have all been one sided.”

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Source: TOI-Hyd