Smart City Or A Temporary Pond! Water-logging Woes Return To Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A mere spell of rain and it seemed the capital city ‘facilitated’ its denizens with free swimming classes today. Many commuters were left in lurch on busy roads while a few vehicles were found floating in water in the low-lying areas.

Needless to say, water-logging woes have once again returned to haunt the residents as a rainfall that lasted for less than an hour led to flooding of streets. Artificial lakes were created in the by-lanes and roads at several places in the urban centre.

The situation near Police Commissionerate building was such that movement of cars, auto-rickshaws and even two-wheelers formed tidal waves in the area.

The devotees who thronged ISKCON temple in Bhubaneswar to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna vented their anger as they had to negotiate with the waist-deep water outside the temple to have darshan of the Lord.

Not only this, the flooded rain water halted vehicular movement on service and approach roads in the capital city. Some low-lying areas of Palasuni, GGP Colony, Nayapalli, Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar also got inundated with rain water entering houses of the residents. People had a tough time to reach their houses due to stagnant rain water on approach roads.