Travelling on the 655-metre stretch between Fire Station Square and Delta Square has turned into a nightmare for motorists. The Telegraph takes a look at the peril points on the road and the pipeline that started it all
Near auto stand
The first pothole on the road is more than three-feet deep. Earlier, autorickshaw drivers used to put a pole with a red flag on the crater to warn motorists. Now, the auto drivers have filled the pothole with stones collected from the NH-5 flyover site in a bid to reduce the danger
Near Vivekananda Hospital
Water oozes out from an underground pipeline here during supply hours. The problem gets worse at night as the road has no streetlights. Recently, four accidents occurred as bike overturned on the road because of the pothole
Near GSI Colony
The damaged pipeline has also created the pothole near GSI Colony. The pipeline was not shifted when the PWD expanded the road, leading to the mess.
Near petrol pump
The pipeline relocation work, which started from the Siripur end, has come to a halt here. Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO), which is responsible for shifting pipelines, has to finish work from this point till NH-5.
On Delta Square
The square is in a bad shape because of improper drainage work. Water, which overflows from the underground pipeline, has damaged the road here. However, the PWD blames it on the PHEO as the pipeline below the road is yet to be relocated.
What people say:
PWD and PHEO should finish their work at the earliest to make the road safer for public as its condition is worsening every day
Trailokya Narayan Panda, resident of Baramunda Housing Board Colony
What experts say:
We can take up repairs once PHEO finishes relocating the pipeline between Delta Square and NH-5
Prashant Patra, executive engineer, PWD, Division-II
We have already floated a tender for relocation of the pipeline. The tender process will be over by September and work will start from October. We hope to be able to complete the work by the end of the year. We will spend Rs 87 lakh on the work
Pradipta Kumar Sahu, executive engineer, PHEO, Division-III