Odishatv Bureau

Jeypore: Resentment is brewing among residents as the work for the much awaited new bus stand project is yet to take off in Jeypore. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the new bus stand in December 2016.

As per proposals, the new bus stand would come up at old OSRTC garage, spread in over five acres of land.

Though State government had allocated Rs 8 crore for the renovation of the OSRTC garage on the premises of Jeypore bus stand in Koraput district, it is still reeling under neglect.

BJP and Congress alleged that the State government is more keen towards laying foundation stones rather than focussing on timely completing pending projects.

"14 months have passed since the foundation stone was laid by the Chief Minister. But so far the construction work for the project has not started. The matter was discussed in the last assembly session and if the project remains a non starter, people will resort to agitation," said Congress Chief Whip and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati.

"The ruling BJD government had promised a Rs 12 crore project but have not allocated a single rupee for it. It is nothing else than cheating people for votes," BJP leader Anup Patra.

On the other hand, BJD said the work will commence soon and will be completed on time.

"There is no problem in starting the work as the site has been identified while all the preparations have been completed and the construction will commence shortly," said BJD spokesperson Rabi Narayan Nanda.

The proposed new Jeypore bus stand will be state-of-the-art modern bus terminus with shopping complex, government and private ticket counters, ATM facility and other amenities.

Meanwhile, the authorities have completed land demarcation and have started the construction work. It will be completed as per its schedule, said a senior official of Police Housing Board.

"The work has already started and the project will be completed within 24 months. There were many trees in the area and the work was delayed initially as we had to contact the forest department for necessary clearances," said Assistant Manager, Police Housing Board, Koraput, Ajay Kumar Jena.