Kendrapara, Oct 8 (LocalWire): Nearly one lakh villagers of Kendrapara district are facing communication problems due to the sub-standard 24-kilometer long stretch of road from Pattamundai to Rajnagar.
“The condition of roads is so deplorable that it takes long hours to reach from one village to another village.
Stagnant water and potholes on the roads are making it tough for motorists to drive,” said Jagannath Acharya of Nimapur village.
“Our repeated pleas to the panchayat bodies and other officials have not evoked a response.
The problem goes much further than mere inconvenience,” said Ranjit Singh of Chandannagar village.
“The irrigation department had last year repaired the road at the cost of 14 crores. However, the quality of work is so bad that due to the incessant downpour, the potholes have again opened up,” said Narayan Das of Srirampur.
Many locals expressed dismay over the bad condition of roads and also sought proper repair of the roads.
They also sought action against officials for allegedly committing fraud and carrying out sub standard constructions on the road in the recent past.
Bus owners have also stopped running buses on this road since last year due to bad condition of the road as a result locals are facing a lot of problems.
“We are running our buses on another route by avoiding this bad road,” said Parikhita Behera, a bus driver of Pattamundai.
Each day large numbers of tourists use the road from Pattamundai to Rajnagar to reach Bhitarkanika National Park.
Due to bad roads, many tourists face a lot of problems, said Maheswar Das, a tour operator of Rajnagar.
When contacted, the Assistant Engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) Prakash Kumar Dash of Pattamundai said “Last year the irrigation department had repaired the road.
Now, our department will renovate the road after getting funds from the World Bank. We have already decided to include the repair work of this road in a World Bank project.”