Open Drains: Deathtraps In Front Of Odisha’s Power Corridor

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Bhubaneswar: Recent death of an elderly woman after falling into an open drain in the State Capital has failed to open the eyes of authorities as similar deathtraps can be noticed in the Unit-IV area which houses the Odisha Assembly, Secretariat and other prominent government institutions.

Come the rains and rise in water level, the open drains pose danger to unaware denizens who are unable to spot them on water-logged roads. T Akamma (60) of Salia Sahi was one such victim who lost her life after falling into an open drain in Jaydev Vihar area on Thursday evening.

While her death triggered protests in the area, the incident is not an isolated one as open under-construction drains from near the Station Square to BJP’ State Headquarters near the Ram Mandir in Kharvela Nagar area have become a cause of concern for local residents and commuters.

Here is what some residents of the Smart City have to say about the issue:

“The drain has remained uncovered for years with regular water-logging. Even if it has come to notice of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not concerned about public safety. We have witnessed cattle and bike riders falling into the drain,” said a Unit-IV resident Dilip.

“There is no safety as water is flowing over the road and the open drain has been a reason of various accidents. People fear to commute during heavy rains as the drain work is incomplete,” said a Kharvela Nagar resident Prasanta Kumar Das.

While the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) have pulled up their socks to improve the drainage system of the smart city, the work is still at a very nascent stage. In the meantime, the citizens have to be careful while navigating through the roads to stay clear of the deathtraps.