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Gamhadia left in lurch
- Residents of ward no. 29 remain deprived of basic amenities

Cuttack, Feb. 10: Civic amenities have remained a distant dream for the residents of Gamhadia area, which falls in ward 29 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).

Narrow and dilapidated roads, and overflowing drains are the common problems faced by the residents of this area. However, it is acute waterlogging which compounds the miseries of the local residents during the monsoon.

“It is a low-lying area and most of the drains which are connected to the main stormwater channel no. 1 are unable to release excess water during the rainy season. As the main stormwater channel itself is at spate, it creates further problems as water from the locality cannot flow into the channel,” said local resident Md Yousuf.

Besides waterlogging, non-removal of garbage on daily basis has also affected the lives of the people here. As a result, one can find heaps of garbage dumped on roadsides, as well as near the main stormwater channel.

The main road from Gamhadia up to Bajrakabati Road is also in a bad shape. There have been a number of accidents on the road, which is one of the busiest areas of the city.

Apart from this, non-repair of the drains, which have collapsed at many places, has also remained a major cause of concern for the residents.

“The drains are here in bad shape and most of the drains have collapsed in many parts in the locality. The abrupt and unplanned presence of electric poles in the middle of roads and in front of the houses also pose a threat to human lives,” said Samim Khan, another local resident.

“The electric pole in middle of the road is causing a lot of problems for us. Though we have brought the matter to the notice of civic authorities, no step has been taken in this regard so far,”said local resident Harmohan Moharana.

The drains in the locality have not been de-silted for long. These choked drains have turned into breeding grounds of mosquitoes in the area.

Local councillor Mohammad Ayub has said that adequate steps are being taken to maintain sanitation in the area.

“Some electric poles in the locality are precariously located. We have written to the Central Electric Supply Utility officials who have assured to take steps to solve our grievances,” Ayub said.

The councillor said that he is also taking steps to maintain sanitation in the ward and the sweepers of the municipal corporation are engaged to collect garbage from the area on a daily basis.

Moreover, steps are being taken for the repair and maintenance of roads and drains. Drafts for a repairwork project of Rs 5 lakh has been prepared and works are expected to begin soon,” he added.

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