Jajpur: Locals protest against poor conditions of National Highway

Jajpur: Locals protest against poor conditions of National Highway

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BY AKSHYA ROUT

Jajpur, Nov 2: Around 3000 locals on Thursday   blocked the national highway at Pankapala and Bramahani Setu demanding the repair and widening work of the Chandikhola to Sukinda highway immededely . They also blamed the  National Highway Authorty of India (NHAI)  for the poor road condition .

Vehicular traffic was halted around four hours due to road blockade.

Sukinda MLA and BJD leader Pritiranjan Ghadei , his father and  former minister Prafullla Ghadei  and other local BJD leaders also joined in the road blockade and addressed the agitators.

“We blocked a stretch on the  road  to draw the attention of the NHAI   about  the poor  condition of the road. Last month we urged the  officials of NHAI  to strat the work. But the officials did not pay any heed to our pleas for which we blocked the highway ” said Pritiranjan Ghadei the MLA of Sukinda.

Former Finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei  also joined in the protest meeting.

“ Two months back  , I had   written a letter to  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and urged him to   expedite the  four-laning work .But the work is yet to be  started in many places the NH is in    bad shape due to  NHAI ‘s   habitual neglect.

The recent heavy and continuous rain has exposed the sub-standard quality of road works executed by the  NHAI road . Many of the roads, which were repaired recently, have been damaged in the rain that lashed the area  in the past couple of weeks.

The quality of work is so bad that due to incessant downpour , the potholes have again opened up. Roads have been damaged to such an extent that people have to literally wade through slush during rain, said Prafulla Ghadei.

Senior officials of NHAI and the ADM of Kalinganagar rushed to the spot and assured the agitators that the NHAI will soon start the road work.

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