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The ongoing widening work of the 80-km Narsasingpur-Khuntuni State Highway-65 has turned the road to be a deathtrap because of its tardy progress and inferior quality work.
While two years have elapsed, more than half of the work has remained incomplete.
On February 15, 2014, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid foundation stone for the widening work. The Sadbhab Engineering of Gujarat, which had been granted to undertake the project at Rs 139.50 crore, had to complete the work by March 31, 2016. The RKD construction agency is now constructing the road on behalf of the Sadbhab.
The widening work started with cutting of trees from both the sides of the road followed by digging of road surface at many places. As many as 2,046 old trees were felled for the purpose.
According to the approved plan, eight culverts were to be constructed, 165 existing ones to be reconstructed, 11 to be widened and three new bridges were to be built. For all these culverts, trenches have been dug at many places and constructions have not been done as of a result of which accidents are occurring often, leading to loss of lives and properties.
The ongoing culvert works at Sriram Bazaar and Satsangh Centre at Narasingpur have been a cause of frequent accidents. Interestingly, no caution boards have been put up at these places.
As many as six persons were injured, one of them critically, after meeting with accidents at the Satsang Centre culvert in four days from February 15 and 18. Three persons were injured in an accident occurred at under-construction culvert at Vidya Garage. More than 20 accidents have occurred at different culvert construction sites at Narasinghpur, Akadaal, Godibandha, Nimasahi, Nukhapada, Bagadharia and Balijhari.
The other problems created due to tardy progress include halting of water supply and disconnection of phone lines as water pipes and phone cables have been dug out. Drains have been squeezed at different places also.
What has astonished common people is that potholes have been created at 11 different places where the road was widened.
Though people have informed the authorities umpteen times, nobody has listened to them. They have now demanded that the Government intervene and complete the work soon otherwise they would take to the streets.
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