Bhubaneswar, Aug. 16: The city’s first multiplex and a 7-D theatre may be tempting. But what’s keeping potential visitors away from BMC-Bhawani Mall is the terrible condition of the road that leads to it.
Nine months after the municipal corporation received peripheral development funds from its collaborator, the road that leads to the mall in Saheed Nagar remains in a bad condition.
It’s almost a cross-country race for commuters who have to negotiate the giant potholes and loose stones on the road.
According to a resolution passed by the municipal corporation council, real estate developers are supposed to deposit two per cent of their project cost with the civic body for peripheral development in the locality where their project is coming up. The funds are used to build roads, drains and other facilities for the benefit of people living around the building.
In the case of Bhawani Mall, the private collaborator had deposited the peripheral funds in October last year.
Bijay Mishra, a resident of Saheed Nagar, feels the purpose of building a good mall, frequented mostly by the young people in the city, is lost if the approach path is a nightmare to cross through. “You have the first multiplex and a 7-D theatre in the mall. It’s a shame that the road leading to the mall is in such a bad shape. The civic authorities are to be blamed for this,” he said.
Bobby Parida, an IT professional, who visits the mall with her husband frequently during weekends, said it was unfortunate that while the civic body was associated with the development of the commercial-cum residential complex in Saheed Nagar in a public-private partnership mode, the road construction work was being delayed unnecessarily.
Ashok Kumar Parida, executive engineer (division-II) of the corporation admitted that the mall authorities had deposited around Rs 65 lakh with the civic body for peripheral development in October last year.
He also said the tender had been finalised and work order already been given on July 2. “The construction of the road was delayed because of the monsoon. Frequent showers would have destroyed the top layer on the road. We can start the work as soon as there’s a dry spell,” said Parida.
The road, which is around 250 metres long, has been divided into parts and work on the stretches will start simultaneously. The municipal corporation will also build drains on either side of the road.
Though the executive engineer blamed it on the monsoon, officials said utility work such as shifting electric poles and underground laying of electric cables had been delayed by the Central Electricity Supply Utility (Cesu). “Unless Cesu lays their electric cables underground we cannot start our work. We had written to Cesu officials who have assured us they would expedite their work,” said an official.
The corporation will also install streetlights around the mall. The officials said some other roads around the mall had already been developed.