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Bhubaneswar: After hue and cry over widespread water-logging across the capital city especially near ISKCON temple between CRP Square, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday requested the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for immediate solution of flooding of the service lane of NH-16 near the ISKCON temple.
Patnaik, in a letter to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, said the area is getting inundated during rains sometimes up to 3ft of water resulting in severe disruption of road traffic and damages to parked vehicles.
The CM alleged that occurrence of such ponding of rainwater for such long periods has been observed from the days of construction of the solid high embankment of the National Highway without providing adequate discharge points and ventages.
Stating that the NHAI authorities have been intimated time and again about the concern, he said the constructing solid high embankments instead of viaducts aggravates the drainage issues by concentrating the rainwater into the valleys.
Similar situation is also occurring near Jaydev Vihar square, Rasulgarh/ Palasuni and Pahala on NH-16, the CM added.
“The NHAI authorities have been requested to construct a drain along the service lane from ISKON area to Vani Vihar area for smooth discharge of the rainwater and provide similar provisions near Rasulgarh/Palasuni and Pahala on NH-16. However, the issues have not yet been addressed and the situation is getting bad to worse,” the CM pointed out.
“I would request your kind intervention for an early solution to these issues,” Patnaik added.