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Netaji Nagar in the dump

Cuttack, Feb. 23: The residents of Netaji Nagar are having a harrowing time as no measures have been taken by the civic authorities to maintain sanitation in the area.

According to the residents of Netaji Nagar, which falls in ward no. 46 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), adequate steps are not being taken for removal of garbage from the area. As a result, one can find heaps of garbage dumped along roadsides, causing environmental and health hazards for the residents.

“Despite repeated complaints, no step has been taken by the civic authorities to maintain sanitation in the area. Though there are some dustbins, residents are forced to throw waste on the roadsides as the allotted dustbins are not cleaned on a regular basis,” said local resident Suvendu Moharana (35).

Netaji Nagar is located near the Panchamukhi Hanuman temple. Everyday, hundreds of devotees come to the temple, and the temple witnesses a heavy rush on Tuesdays and Saturdays. But the devotees and the local residents face lot of difficulties owing to pathetic condition of roads of the locality.

“There are big potholes on the roads. The roads have become accident-prone as the street lighting is not adequate. Moreover, lack of police patrolling in the area has resulted in a rise in anti-social activities in the area, which is close to Khapuria Industrial Estate,” Moharana added.

Apart from this, poor drainage system is a major issue of concern for the residents here. “There is no systematic construction and linkage of the existing drains of the locality. Most of the drains and culverts are collapsing due to lack of repair, creating problems in the smooth passage of wastewater,” said local resident Prakash Biswal (37).

“Though a drain has been constructed, it is incomplete and ends abruptly in Kathjodi river. We fear that there would be waterlogging here during the monsoon,” Biswal added.

Local councillor Santosh Bhol informed that adequate steps are being taken for the construction of roads and drains in the ward.

“Many new roads and drains have been constructed in the area. Repair works of the existing drains of Netaji Nagar would also be completed soon,” Bhol said.

At present, around 40 sanitary staffs are engaged for cleaning of roads ad garbage in the ward, which has a population over 10,000.

“We are taking steps for all-round development of the area,” he added.

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