BHUBANESWAR: Life in the Capital City was thrown out of gear for almost three hours as the sky virtually opened up on Monday evening. While several streets were water-logged leading to traffic congestion, many low lying areas were submerged and power supply was snapped due to the cloudburst.
Knee-deep water was flowing on 500-metre stretch between Station Square and Ram Mandir Square. Traffic movement came to a standstill with vehicles stranded on the road.
The condition of the commuters on two-wheelers was miserable. With storm water drains overflowing on either sides, the Mahatma Gandhi Road and Sachivalaya Marg were cut off from rest of the City for more than 20 minutes.
The situation in Jaydev Vihar where JICA is executing a sewerage project was nasty. The houses in the low-lying areas of Jaydev Vihar were flooded with sewer water. A series of pits dug up for a sewerage project of JICA in the area blocked the drainage outlets forcing the storm and sewer water into the houses.
The project, which was started after the onset of monsoon, lacks planning and foresight. “The authorities are least bothered about the citizens’ inconvenience. With rodents, scorpions and snakes entering our houses, the situation has become dangerous,” Subash Pradhan, a resident of Jaydev Vihar said.
Residents of Laxmi Sagar had also a harrowing time with over three feet water flowing on the roads. The situation in Chintamaniswar, Sabar Sahi and Canal Road was worse. “The Roads and Drainage division has built six feet wide road between Badagada Canal and Rasulgarh but the drainage part has been completely ignored. Chintamaneswar Main Drain is also choked which does not allow rain water to recede,” local Corporator Amresh Jena said.
Every time there is a heavy rain, the Smart City myth is busted. If Janpath, the arterial road of Bhubaneswar Smart City District is severely affected with an hour’s rainfall, the situation in other parts can be easily imagined. Improper road design and shabby drainage is responsible for the situation faced by the City on Monday.
Though the rainfall continued for nearly three hours, its intensity varied in different parts of the city. According to Director of the IMD, Bhubaneswar Centre, Sarat Sahu, areas near the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) received 79 mm rainfall. But in areas near the airport, the rainfall was 47 mm.
Large parts of the city plunged into darkness on Monday evening due to power outage following lightning and rains. The Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) had to shut down power supply leaving some vital installations like Capital Hospital and State Secretariat to save the equipment and machinery from getting damaged by the lightning, said a senior officer of the utility.
Water logging in Cuttack
Cuttack:The downpour created water logging in several low-lying areas in the Millennium City. Different roads and lanes were inundated with knee deep water. Drain water entered the houses making life of people miserable. As many as 200 motor pumps were used to clear the water logging.