Kendrapara, June 22 (LocalWire): Incessant rainfall for the past 3 days has caused water-logging in several parts of the district on Monday.
Water-logging was reported from Kendrapara town, Pattamundai town, Aul, Rajnagar, Rajkanika and Mahakalapada areas, while many low-lying villages too remained water-logged.
People living in the slums of Dilarapur, Ranapada and Fakirabad areas are some of the worst sufferers.
“The incessant rainfall has exposed the crumbling infrastructure in Kendrapara and Pattamundai civic bodies as small potholes have become large craters on the roads creating bottlenecks leading to traffic jams,” said Bijaykrushna Sahoo, the former chairman of the Kendrapara municipality.
“Revenue officials have been illegally converting wetlands, ponds, water channels and other water bodies into homestead lands, for which water-logging in the areas has worsened,” alleged Umesh Singh, President of the district unit of the Krusak Sabha.
Even the rehabilitation colony built by the government at Bagapatia for the sea-erosion hit villagers of Satabhaya Gram Panchayat has become waterlogged.
Many people in this colony are struggling due to these problems. Two years ago, the administration had promised to build concrete roads in the colony in order to prevent water-logging. However, the roads have as yet not been built as a result of which all the muddy streets are now water-logged, said Sudarshan Rout of Bagapatia.
“The village roads which were built only eight months ago now have potholes, for which rainwater has accumulated there and caused havoc for residents.
This confirms the enormity of the corruption and inefficiency of the roads and building department,” added Ashok Jena of Rajnagar.