Jagatsinghpur July 14 (LocalWire): With more than 50 trains passing by daily, the level crossing at Kandarpur and Chapada remains closed frequently causing hindrance to public.
Resentment is brewing among locals as the demand for the construction of over-bridges at Kandarpur railway level crossing on Cuttack-Nuagaon National Highway 55 and at Gorekhnath railway level crossing at Chapada on Jagatsinghpur Jaipur road linked with Paradip port stands long over due.
Locals face acute traffic congestion the entire day and hundreds of vehicles including ambulance, commercial vehicles, buses, trucks and government office vehicles to remain stranded during the passage of trains.
Neither state government nor railway department has yet taken any steps to come to the rescue of commuters including government officials, students, patients, tourists and others who sufferer the whole day.
Sources said five passenger trains Santragachi-Paradeep weekly super fast express, Visakhapatnam-Paradeep superfast express, Puri-Paradeep intercity express, Cuttack-Paradeep MEMU, Cuttack-Paradeep passengers ply on Cuttack-Paradip railway line every day.
Besides this, several goods trains also pass on this railway line for transportation of cargo.
There are 14 railway stations on this line but the two important level crossings are nightmares for commuters.
Locals alleged that with with the kind of technology available today, the over bridge could have been constructed without much hassle.
They have strongly criticised the state government, railway authority and the public representatives as they have failed to redress this issue.
Congress leader Debendra Mallick said, ‘thousands of commuters pass through these two important roads of the district as they are linked with Paradip port.
We are continuously demanding two over bridges with the concerned departments, district administration and railway officials but to no result.
We have vowed to protest if our demands are not fulfilled.’
Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra said he has sought the intervention of works department to prepare the plan for tow over-bridges and will expedite the construction work soon.