Cuttack: A heavy downpour on Sunday caused waterlogging in several areas of the city bringing life to a grinding halt. Water entered into the homes in many areas giving sleepless nights to the residents.
The areas like Kanika Chhack, Meria Bazaar, Alisha Bazaar, Badambadi, Hazari Lane, Khatbin Sahi, Odia Bazaar, Jhola Sahi, Seminary Chhack , Pithapur, Bidanasi, Deula Sahi were the worst-affected. Even the residence of the district Collector was waterlogged. The excess water remained stagnant for hours compounding the woes of the residents.
Vehicular communications were disrupted and the motorists had a tough time in reaching their destinations. Many people had to wade through knee deep water and at many places their vehicles developed technical glitches. The overflowing drains also added to the misery.
A resident of Hazari Lane, said the rains which started around 9 am, inundated our homes within half an hour. Many of our household accessories were damaged. We had to go without food and our family had to spend sleepless nights as the waste of drains entered our house. But till Monday afternoon neither any CMC officials nor the local corporator turned up to inquire about the problem leave alone solve them.”
Some residents said as work for the JICA project is still incomplete and many places have been dug up, the people faced lot of difficulties. Some of them fell into the uncovered pits and were injured.