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Commuters gasp for air

Cuttack, Feb. 19: Huge deposits of sand on roads are causing problems for commuters in the satellite township of Cuttack Development Authority (CDA).

Lack of cleaning coupled with bad condition of roads has caused a rise in the number of mishaps here. Local residents are also complaining of health problems because of acute dust allergy.

“Apart from bad roads, dust pollution has emerged as another area of concern,” said Dilip Sahu, a local resident.

Sahu said many children and senior citizens were suffering from cough, cold and other ailments besides skin disease because of the dust.

Local residents said sandstorms are a regular feature, as both Kathajodi and Mahanadi rivers are on both sides of CDA. Sand is also deposited on roads because of construction work that is going on in full scale at various places.

To make matters worse, many people are using public roads to store sand, chips, bricks and other construction materials, thereby creating problems for commuters.

“One cannot pass through CDA roads without covering their faces because of the dust. No step is being taken by the civic body to either sprinkle water or initiate action against those dumping construction materials on the road,” said Markatnagar Residents Association joint secretary Gadadhar Sahoo.

Officials of Cuttack Municipal Corporation said a cleanliness drive would be launched at different areas of CDA in a couple of days.

The civic body will also target those encroaching various lanes and bylanes and dumping debris and other construction materials, including sand and bricks.

“We have convened a meeting of all the junior engineers, agencies entrusted to look after sanitation in the city and officials of CDA to chalk out a blueprint in this regard,” said corporation commissioner Nihar Mohapatra.

Mohapatra said the deposit of sand is also blocking various drainage channels in the locality.

Senior officers said work to clear sand deposits has already begun in sector six and seven of CDA.