The 5-km stretch on Cuttack-Paradeep road is in bad shape

Every year Rs 60 lakhs spent on repair but to no avail: BJP leader

Locals blame contractor for bad condition of road

CUTTACK: The 5-km stretch on the Cuttack-Paradeep road between OMP square and CRRI is perhaps first turning out to be a death trap in the millennium city. Considered lifeline of the eastern part of city, the road witnesses at least half a dozen accidents everyday. Thankfully, the accidents do not turn out to be fatal as traffic on this stretch is very slow due to badly damaged road.

However, a 12-year-old schoolboy was not lucky on Wednesday when he lost one of his legs as he came under a passenger bus near Nuabazar square on this road. Traffic came to a grinding halt for hours as locals staged a protest demanding immediate repair of the road. The youth wing of the local BJP unit spearheading the protest meeting also went a step forward demanding vigilance probe into alleged embezzlement of huge amount of money pumped here for repair of the road during the past three years.

“Every year, nearly Rs 60 lakhs is spent to repair this road but the road gets damaged within two months of repair”, allege BJP youth leader Manas Sahu. He said the Cuttack Sadar legislator Pravat Biswal and a local road contractor are squarely responsible for the poor condition of the road.

“Biswal was elected last time from this constituency as an independent candidate and his political future here was heavily dependant on this road as it served to boost the socio-economic condition of the local people. But Biswal, who later became an attached member of BJD in Assembly failed to capitalize on the situation. The road never got its due importance during Biswal’s tenure as MLA”, alleges a local BJD corporator. Despite repeated attempts, the MLA was not available for his comment.

Locals here also allege that the road contractor never bothers to see that the road is properly repaired. “Now crusher dusts are spread on the road to fill the potholes which pollute the air to a great extent.

When the crushers in the name of pollution are either banned or relocated far away from human habitation, how come the dust from the same crushers is now spread on a busy road along which lies crowded localities and some important markets”, asked a scientist of CRRI.