Balasore, Sept 22 (LocalWire): The residents of north Balasore continue to bear the brunt of artificial floods, at times for months together due to non- implementation of the much-hyped Subarnarekha Sanskar Yojna to mitigate the menace.
Each year, several patches of Bhograi and Jaleswar blocks witness water-logging as the river mouth is not dredged.
‘Loss of properties and at times loss of lives have been witnessed due to the menace. Even though there is no flood in the river Subarnarekha this year, the people of Bhograi and Jaleswar are suffering due to inundation,’ rued a resident.
Although the elected representatives raise the issue in the Assembly as well as the Parliament, the government has failed to implement the project.
The state government had sent a proposal to the Centre after north Balasore witnessed devastating floods in 2007 and 2008.
An expert team visited the areas and decided to adopt three approaches in order to bring relief to the residents.
It submitted recommendations to the state government which included dredging of the river bed and mouth, widening of the river, stone patching and constructing barrages.
Based on recommendations of the high-level expert team, the state government sent an estimate of Rs 987 crores to the Centre for approval but even after several years, the project has not got an approval.
The residents, in order to commute, have to wade through knee-deep water for days.
‘The project hasn’t seen the light of day due to sheer apathy of the Centre and the state government,’ another resident complained.