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No Lesson Learned: Open Drain Remains 'Deathtrap' For Bhubaneswar Denizens

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Bhubaneswar: Death of an elderly woman by falling into an open drain in Jaydev Vihar area here last Thursday have probably failed to attract the attention of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

With the prevailing monsoon and water-logging issues in the State capital city, the open drain still remains a deathtrap for unaware denizens.

Though the death of 60-year-old T Akamma of Salia Sahi had triggered some protests, apart from installing bamboo barricade on a part of the open drain, no major work has been undertaken to ensure public safety.

"The roads are being water-logged during rains but the BMC is not concerned about it. Though death of the old woman caught their attention, the work is still pending. Probably, they need one more accident to wake from their slumber," said a local resident Chandrakant Swain.

"We commute on the road everyday to leave our children at school. The work on the uncovered drain has started recently but it should be completed at the earliest as the drain poses danger during rains," said another resident Sunita Biswal.

"Water logging is a major problem as people have to wade through knee-deep water. Small children are unable to go to their school and tuitions. Being the main road, the work needs to be completed soon," said another resident Ranjita Murmu.


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