Cuttack residents complain as JICA work leaves cracks inside houses

Cuttack: The drainage and sewerage works carried out by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the city continues to give rise to new problems for the locals in the city. As per allegations cracks have developed in walls and floors of houses in Kalyan Nagar locality owing to the underground digging work carried out by JICA.

According to sources, many locals in the area alleged that their houses have developed cracks and some of them have been forced to live in tents fearing danger.

“We are living in a tent for over a year as the walls of the houses collapsed due to huge cracks that developed after underground digging work,” a Kalyan Nagar resident said.

“They (JICA) had come to us and said that repair work will be done by them if any damage is caused to the house. Now there are cracks and water leakages are making life difficult,” said another local.

Meanwhile, the locals complained that despite informing about the cracks to the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and other department officials no action has been taken in this regard.

On the other hand, the CMC deputy Mayor, Ajay Barik denied receiving any complaints and said that necessary action will be taken if any such issues are brought to notice.

“The CMC has not received any such complaints. They should give us a written complaint following which it will be reviewed by the council,” Barik said.