The delay in construction of the road connecting K Nuagaon panchayat with Chikiti has posed serious problems for the commuters in general and students in particular.
Everyday, locals including students of Dhepagaon, Hadupur, Ambajhula, Karakhali, Malakut, Mukundpur and other villages face problems to reach Chikiti. Accidents are a daily affair in the area due to poor condition of the road.
The locals alleged that the authorities have become callous to their problems as their repeated appeals have elicited no action. They also warned of resorting to agitation if their demands are not met soon.
Passing the buck, Sarpanch and ward members blamed the block office for not taking interest in taking up the road construction project while the block office sources said measures have been taken for the purpose.
Funds sought for road repair
The Berhampur University authorities have sought more funds from the State Government for repair of roads which has begun after two decades.
The road and drains on the campus measuring around 3 km and 4 km respectively are in very bad condition. The Government had released Rs 1.2 crore for the purpose and the University entrusted the work to Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
According to sources, CPWD has already started reconstruction of drains two days back. After its completion, the road project would be taken up.
Meanwhile, the quarters for teachers and staff which were lying unoccupied for a long time have been allotted to newly appointed employees. The University authorities have put the condition for them to stay in the quarters. According to sources, 15 new lecturers have applied for quarters. Similarly, over 50 temporary employees of the University whose service has been regularised were also allotted quarters.