Rashmi Rekha Das

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is a flagship project in India to provide good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages. The project has failed to serve its purpose in Jeypore of Koraput district with many holes being found in the execution of the scheme.

According to sources, the road connecting Kusumaput and Jagannathpur under Jeypore block has turned nightmare for commuters. Several potholes, some of which have turned into ditches, are dotting the road. This poses a severe threat to commuters. The rural development department has taken the responsibility of repairing this five-kilometre stretch under PMGSY. The department is alleged to have bungled funds allocated for the project.

Sources said the department has put up a signage board mentioning the five-kilometre stretch as 1.95 km road. The department had estimated to spend Rs 1.06 crore for the repair of the road. It had roped in a private agency named SNS Infracon for repairing the road under PMGSY scheme. Surprisingly, the so-called agency has repaired 500 metre of the stretch so far.

Interestingly, the signage board put up by the RD department mentioned the road connecting Kusumaput and Jagannathpur as Kota Junction which is 12 kilometre away from Jeypore. Moreover, Kota Junction is located on Jeypore-Gupteswar Road.

Jagannathpur resident Padman Soura said, “For the last four years the signage board put up here mentions this road as Kota Junction which is 10 km away from here. The authorities looking after the project might have bungled the funds sanctioned under PMGSY.”

Kusumaput resident Nalini Soura said, “During elections, political leaders visit door to door and promised to provide road, houses and water, but in vain. Some people made several visits and inspected the road but the result is zero.”

In a bid to bring truth to the fore, OTV reporter contacted the manager of private agency roped in for the road project. He, however, attributed the flaws made in the signage board to the RD department. He said, “We did it as per the detailed project report (DPR) provided by the RD department.”