Kendrapara, Sept 29 (LocalWire): Following the six-day-long incessant rains, various low lying areas in Kendrapara district are waterlogged. People of Aul, Rajkanika, Rajnagar, Mahakalapada and Derabishi areas are struggling with flood-like situation.
The torrential rains also exposed the crumbling infrastructure in Kendrapara and Pattamundai civic bodies with broken roads and non-functional sewage systems.
The rains have transformed small potholes into large craters, creating traffic jams, said Bijaykrushna Sahoo, the former chairman of Kendrapara municipality.
The office of the Panchyat Samiti at Pattamundai has turned into a pool reflecting poorly on the area’s drainage system. Many drains are clogged and with rainwater accumulated on the roads, said Jagannath Acharya of Pattamundai.
The rehabilitation colony at Bagapatia, built by the government two years back for the sea-erosion-hit villagers of Satabhaya gram panchayat under Rajnagar block is also waterlogged.
‘Last year, the district administration had promised to build concrete roads in the rehabilitation colony but proper roads are yet to be built and as a result the inhabitants of the rehabilitation colony with a population of 4000 are struggling to stay afloat as water has entered their houses,’ said Sudrashan Rout of Bagapatia.
Several low-lying areas turned into ponds and roads turned into canals due to incessant rain. Ranapada, Dilarapur, Fakirabad, Kortatola and Chauriberhampur localities within Kendrapada town are the worst-hit areas as many houses are now under knee-deep water.
‘In Fakirabad and Dilarapur villages within Kendrapara town, illegally-constructed houses on water channels have led to water-logging,’ said Amarabara Biswal of Kendrapara.
The condition in the three kilometer-long road from Tinimuhani Chhack to Ichapur within Kendrapara town is even worse with pot holes and under-construction roads.
Water logging here has increased the possibilities of accidents.
Almost every year during rainy season due to the poor planning of the civic body, drainage system fails and low-lying areas of the town and its nearby areas get waterlogged.
Debaprasad Bal, the executive officer of Kendrapara municipality, said, ‘We are already clearing drains to ensure that there is no water-logging.
Pumping of rainwater from residential areas is going on by the civic body.’