Ahead of monsoon, govt gears up to keep waterlogging at bay in State Capital

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the rainy season this year, the State government has got into action mode to avoid waterlogging in the State capital. Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena and Bhubaneswar-Central legislator Anant Narayan Jena on Tuesday undertook a field visit to review the drainage situation in the city.

Both of them also held talks with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to ensure zero waterlogging on the stretch between CRP square and Acharya Vihar in the city.

“From CRP square to Jaydev Vihar and Acharya Vihar areas, waterlogging has been a regular affair. Being on the national highway, the road and it’s adjacent areas remain inundated during the rainy season. As the NHAI is not cleaning up drains and taking necessary steps, it is responsible for the waterlogging woes,” said the minister.

“In front of the Iskcon temple we had created an earth drain last year. Now we have removed encroachment near Jaydev Vihar and a drain has been built to release excess water into main drainage canal. Another drainage system has been constructed in front of Mamata Dalei School to dispose the water into the system,” informed Anant Narayan Jena.

Every year several low lying areas in the city including Jaydev Vihar, Old Town area, Kalpana square area, Sashtri Nagar suffer from severe inundation during rainy season. Similarly, water in and around the Iskcon temple swells and stays put without getting drained.