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Residents allege civic neglect
- Roxy Lane suffers from traffic jam, waterlogging

Cuttack, March 2: Residents of the Roxy Lane area near Badambadi remain deprived of access to better civic amenities.

Lack of adequate measures to maintain sanitation in the area, which falls in ward No. 32 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), has resulted in affecting lives of the residents here.

According to local residents, the civic authorities have not taken any steps for development of the Roxy Lane area, located at the heart of the city.

“Roads here are in a bad shape and have not been repaired for long. There are big potholes on most of the roads, which have turned out to be hazardous for both the local residents and other commuters,” said resident Trilochan Patra (30).

Many people use the Roxy Lane, which acts as a thoroughfare between Dolmundai and Badambadi, to avoid traffic congestion in other parts of the city.

Local residents also allege they are facing problems because of rising level of noise pollution as the area is located close to the bus stand.

“Many vehicles, mostly autorickshaws, use the Roxy Lane to avoid traffic congestion in and around Badambadi. This creates problems for the residents here as traffic rush continues in the locality till late night,” Patra added.

Apart from this, deteriorating condition of the existing drainage channel is another major cause of worry for the residents of the Roxy Lane area.

“This area suffers from acute waterlogging. Pumps have to be used frequently to flush out excess water from the area. Despite this, adequate steps are not being taken for removal of silt from the drains on a regular basis. As a result, most of the drains here are choked and are overflowing,” said Pratik Kumar Giri (42), another local resident.

The concrete slabs, used to cover the drains, are also collapsing due to lack of repairs, creating problems in the discharge of wastewater from here, he added.

On the other hand, local councillor Dharmanand Patra has informed that adequate steps are being taken to improve sanitation in the entire ward.

“At present, there are 44 sanitary staffs engaged in daily collection and removal of garbage from the ward. Moreover, the work for desiltation of drains is also ongoing at many places. We expected desiltation works to be completed before the arrival of the rainy season,” said Patra.

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