Blame game over Iskcon waterlogging; BMC writes to NHAI
Bhubaneswar: After drawing criticism over poor drainage systems, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) blamed National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) officials for the acute waterlogging in front of Iskcon temple.
In a letter, BMC blamed the lackadaisical approach of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the messy drainage facility.
The move came after several parts of the city including the stretch of road in front of Iskcon temple were waterlogged following a heavy spell of rain on Saturday afternoon.
Several vehicles were were stuck in the flood water in front of the temple on NH-16 for long hours.
Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda while responding to a Twitterati wrote:
Bhubaneswar after yesterday’s brief thunderstorm! Despite topping India’s Smart City rankings, it too is now plagued by the same urban blight that we earlier associated only with large metros. As we urbanise rapidly, forgetting the basics (like drainage) will cost us heavily 🙏🙏 https://t.co/MB1vFLv0oh
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) July 1, 2018
In its letter to NHAI, the corporation alleged that as blockage in the trap well has not been cleared, it is leading to waterlogging on the service road of the national highway even in case of scanty rainfall.
Though the matter has been brought to the notice of NHAI officials on several occassions during the last four years, it seems that no step has been taken in this regard.
Following yesterday’s downpour, BMC has once again requested NHAI to undertake immediate desilting and cleaning of the trap well of service road drains of over-bridge near Iskcon temple to prevent accumulation of water on the service road which is causing problems to commuters.
The NHAI officials could not be contacted over the issue.