Berhampur, Feb 7 (LocalWire): The construction of the 2.6-km road project undertaken by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) under the World Bank funded Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) over two years ago is moving at a snail’s pace.
Around 70 per cent of the road construction with an outlay of Rs 46.20-crore has been completed in three stretches so far. The road work started in December 2017 and was supposed to be completed in a year.
Recently, a three-member World Bank team who visited the city for inspection of the progress of the road was apparently unsatisfied with the slow pace of work and asked the civic body to ensure its completion by March-end.
BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore said informed LocalWire that the corporation has already resolved to blacklist the contractor if he fails to complete the work by March-end.
“The work was scheduled to be completed by December 2018. But the contractor requested for extension of the work. We have extended it up to March 31, 2020 and warned to blacklist him for his carelessness,” he added.
As per the sources, only Rs 10.20 crores out of Rs 46.20 crores has been spent so far.
Similarly, the stormwater drain work of about 3.5-long km in the city taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 18.43-crore under the same project of the World Bank which started in March 2019 is also moving at the same pace.
“The construction of both the drain and road works are in full swing and are expected to be completed by the end of March,” said Rathore.
A local informed LocalWire how hundreds of commuters and residents in the construction areas are faced many difficulties due to the delay in completion of the projects.
Due to delay in construction of road, many motorists are facing trouble while driving on this stretch of the road. Every day minor accidents take place.
Edited by Meenal Singh