Delay in road construction work adds to chaos

MOTORISTS' NIGHTMARE: A thoroughfare of Berhampur city is closed for construction of a road.   | Photo Credit: Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Superintendent of Police gives officials one week time to complete the task

BERHAMPUR: Citizens continue to suffer and city police faces hard time diverting traffic since last three months as the stretch of the road connecting the SBI square and Hatibandha Sahi Jagannath temple is showing no signs of completion even after three months of the commencing of the reconstruction work.

The road is now blocked by piles of big boulders to stop the entry of four wheelers. The inhabitants of the streets connected to this road are also in a fix as the reconstructed portions of the road is almost one feet high than the street road but no steps have been taken to prepare a slope to connect the roads.

Work stopped

The contractor involved in the construction of this road has stopped the work since past one week. It happened to be one of the busiest roads in the city as per vehicular traffic as all buses and small passenger vehicles using the national highway number 217 to enter the city were using this road to reach the new bus stand. This stretch of road also houses the main branch of the SBI in the city and cultural centres like senior citizens club and Utkal Ashram.

The reconstruction work of the said road has been delayed due to faulty planning and estimation of the Berhampur municipality engineers, alleges Muna Jena, the councillor of the area. Mr. Jena informed that municipality engineers had prepared an estimate of Rs. 18 lakhs for the reconstruction of this road, which did not include preparation of slopes to connect it to other roads joining it. The contractor who had been given the work order to construct the road has stopped the work as the cost exceeded the estimate although the road was yet to be completed. On November 30, the delay in the reconstruction of this road also led to heated debate at the municipal council meeting.

Tough talk

The Berhampur Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar has taken this issue seriously as the blockade of this road has led to major traffic menace on the National highway number 217 near Gate bazar square. Mr. Gangwar said he made repeated requests to municipality authorities to complete the construction of the said road as early as possible. Now he has given an ultimatum to the municipality to clear the road for traffic within one week or the police would remove the obstructions.