Even because the Odisha authorities guarantees huge on reaching last-mile connectivity, many bridge initiatives within the distant areas of the State are mendacity incomplete over the previous few years.
As per studies, some bridge initiatives conceived in Rayagada district and Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district with an goal to enhance communication, well being and different companies in these areas now stare at an unsure future.
Locals of those areas are going through lot of hardships within the absence of bridges and proceed to wade by flooded rivers in wet season or be it strolling on scorching sand in summer time for his or her day-to-day life. Residents have pointed fingers in the direction of callous perspective of the involved district workplaces, lack of political will, proportion tradition in addition to battle between ruling get together and opposition leaders as a few of the attainable causes behind the inordinate delay within the completion of the bridge initiatives.
People who find themselves settled within the villages alongside the Nagavali River in Rayagada district on the Andhra-Odisha border cross the river on foot whereas some take the assistance of bullock cart to succeed in the opposite facet of the stream for his or her day by day wants, together with college, market and different actions.
Although a bridge was proposed over the Nagavali River with an expenditure of Rs 12.51 crore for which the development work was even taken up three years again. Nevertheless, the undertaking is at midway stage. The district administration has in the meantime admitted delay within the building of the bridge and mentioned the work has been halted presently in view of wet season. After the rain subsides, the development will probably be resumed and steps will probably be taken to finish the bridge quickly, assured the district collector. “We face innumerable hardships in absence of a bridge on the river. Now we have to cross the river on foot day by day even for a small work,” mentioned Mahesh Kalka, a resident of Khilimisiguda village below Seskhal block of Rayagada district.
S.Ram Naidu, the previous sarpanch of Kereda panchayat below Rayagada block mentioned, “It’s been over 25-30 years, a bridge is but to materialise on the river. The state of affairs turns into worse throughout wet season on account of which pregnant ladies and sufferers undergo rather a lot to get medical care,” Naidu added. Rayagada District Collector, Saroj Kumar Mishra nevertheless mentioned “The work of the bridge was halted for some causes however after the wet season is over, the development will resume. We anticipate the bridge will probably be constructed by March subsequent 12 months.”
Equally, locals have been reeling below neglect as a result of below building bridge over Boda River close to Bellaguntha below Jagannath Prasad block of Ganjam district. In 2018, the Works Division initiated a bridge over the river with a price range of Rs 12.51 crore and construction was presupposed to be constructed inside one and a half years. However it’s been over 4 years, the development of the bridge has remained unfinished.
“Two individuals have misplaced their lives in mishap on the non permanent highway and because the route connects Berhampur, Bhanjanagar and several other different key areas, the highway stays busy a lot of the occasions. Due to this fact, the involved authorities ought to take fast steps to finish the bridge,” mentioned a neighborhood resident, Gurunath Sahu.
“There was an previous iron bridge constructed throughout British rule over the river and it was razed for the development of a brand new bridge. They didn’t even organize another approach for which we going through issues in communication on the route,” alleged Rabindra Kumar Dakua, one other native. OTV tried to get the response of the Assistant Engineer of the Jagannath Prasad Part at Belaguntha, nevertheless the involved officers weren’t out there for feedback into the allegations.