|Bad road cause problems for commuters in CDA Residential Colony during rainy season. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, July 18: Come monsoon, problems of the residents at CDA Residential Colony get compounded. Heavy accumulation of sewer and water at different places and bad road conditions create troubles not only for the residents, but also for other commuters.
Moreover, the recent spell of showers has exposed the callous attitude of the civic authorities to improve the living conditions as the residents had to face problems due to waterlogging in different parts of road at CDA sector 8, 9 and 10 areas.
“There has been no improvement in the living conditions as the basic amenities, including better roads, still remain a distant dream for us,” said Arati Rout, 35, a local resident.
Arati said the condition of roads here were in bad shape and no step had been taken to repair these patches for the past couple of years. The situation gets worse in the rainy season. “There are big potholes on major roads and one can hardly make out as to when the gaps are filled with rainwater. As a result, there has been a rise in the number of accidents here. Recently, two school children were injured after they had fallen down from their bicycles,” said Chittaranjan Ray, 45, a commuter.
CDA sector 8, 9, 10 is a posh locality. Apart from this, the defunct underground drainage and sewer systems are another area of concern for the residents of sector 8,9 and 10 that falls under the ward No. 2 of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation.
The local residents said there were open manholes along roadside and in front of many houses, which is posing a threat to the lives of children and senior citizens. Moreover, no step is being taken to clear the underground drainage system that is lying defunct here. Local councillor Sudhir Kumar Rout admitted that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed on urgent basis.
“There are problems in the underground drainage systems and we are initiating steps to improve the drainage system. Moreover, the open manholes will also be subsequently closed,” Rout said.