CUTTACK: Even as the Capital City struggled with its waterlogging woes after heavy downpour on Monday, Cuttack too was not spared of the agony.People in several low-lying areas in the Millennium City were affected by knee-deep water flowing on the streets.
The worst affected areas were Badambadi, Roxy Lane, Pithapur, Rajabagicha, Jhangiri Mangala, Patapola, Friends Colony, Ganga Mandir, Balu Bazaar, Kazi Bazaar, Kesharpur, Gomandia, Samanta Sahi, Tulasipur, Sidhesawrsahi, Tanlasahi, Kanika Chhak, Rover Street, Khatbin Sahi and parts of Chauliaganj and Madhupatana region. Adding to woes of residents fighting water-logging in some areas was the overflowing drain water which entered several houses in the low-lying areas.
The residents blamed inefficiency of the authorities of JICA project which is engaged in laying drains by desilting and cleaning the clogged drains.
As many as 200 dewatering motor pump sets have been deployed at different low-lying areas of the city to release water. “The Cuttack Municipal Corporation has 275 dewatering pump sets to tackle the situation if more rain lashes the city,” said CMC Commissioner Bikash Chandra Mahapatra.
The city drainage system which has a capacity to drain out water logging arising out of maximum 30 to 50 mm rainfall is getting flooded by excess rainfall at a time, Mahapatra clarified.