The Telegraph
Saturday , January 11 , 2014
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Unfinished projects stare at BJD

A plan to build a zonal office to decentralise work still remains a dream and (below) a site for the proposed foot overbridge. Telegraph pictures

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 10: The BJD has vanquished the Opposition in the municipal corporation polls, but several unfinished projects continue to be a thorn in the flesh for the victorious side.

What’s worse, many of these projects still remain at the planning stage.

As the new council is set to takeover, the lack of ward offices to sort out local problems will continue to bug it. The ward offices had been planned to decentralise operations and prevent overcrowding at the corporation headquarters.

Sameer Pradhan, Independent councillor who won from ward No. 15, said: “Ward office for the councillors in their respective localities would be better, otherwise the zonal office plan should be taken up.’’

“There was a plan to start four zonal offices across the city so that people can go there to lodge complaints related to civic issues or pay taxes. But not a single one has started during the last five years. This should start immediately or the authorities should provide a ward office to every councillor in their respective wards,’’ said former councillor Nrupesh Nayak.

Not only the zonal offices, the corporation’s main office is also in a mess and its needs a new building.

But the plan to have a multi-storeyed office either at the present site or elsewhere did not materialise during the last term.

“The corporation office is functioning in a building when it was a notified area council in the early sixties.

Many rooms in the existing building are in unsafe condition,’’ said an employee.

Mechanised slaughterhouses for the city were on the priority list of the civic body during the last council, but the city is yet to have a single scientific slaughterhouse.

A plan was prepared to start at least five mechanised slaughterhouses to stop the public display of cruelty to animals on the roadside.

Bijay Mishra, a resident of Unit VIII area said: “School children are the worst sufferers as the meat and chicken sellers are openly slaughtering the animals.’’

While the solid waste treatment plant is yet to move beyond the tendering process, the proposed three foot overbridges are yet to start.

The solid waste treatment plant at Bhuasuni is in a limbo as the local residents are opposed to dumping as they feel that the ground water and the surroundings are turning toxic due to landfill activities. They want immediate commissioning of the plant.

A senior BMC official, however, said: “The foot overbridge at at Jaydev Vihar and the solid waste treatment plant will materialise shortly.’’