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Culvert blues for citizens

Cuttack, Dec. 31: The residents of Friends colony in Cuttack are having a harrowing time due to repair work of a culvert that has led to choked drains in the locality.

The construction work, which has been moving at a snail’s pace for the past few months, has affected the movement of traffic causing problems to residents and commuters.

“The work of culvert, which began in September, is yet to be completed. As a result, the drain water from the locality cannot flow to the main surface drain at Bajrakabati road causing over flowing of drains and water-logging,” said a resident, Nishikant Nayak (32).

No step has been taken to maintain sanitation in the area. A large number of people, who come to the famous Shiva temple here, are facing problems.

Sumant Kumar Ray, another resident, said: “Due to the repair work, the drains in the locality are choked causing problems for residents. Similarly, the choked drains have also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

“Though the engineers have created a special channel for the passage of drain water, the flow is very slow. As a result, most of the time the drains overflow due to clearance of the garbage which is being dumped on the road which ultimately fall into the drain choking it,” said another resident Subhas Chandra Rout (45).

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