Berhampur: The Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has reportedly upgraded an open space measuring 3,870 square feet in ward No-2 at Ananda Nagar under the Jaga Mission.
However, in reality, there is hardly any sign of upgradation. A plaque informs that the ground was leveled, a play ground for children was developed, beautification through painting was done, illumination of trees and pindi (platform) around the trees were constructed.
But the real picture is totally different. There is no illumination facility. While the play ground is not being taken care of, the swings installed there are lying damaged. Even the cemented chairs have ruined.
The BeMC is little concerned about the cleanliness of the area. According to the local people, the state of the space has come to such a pass due to lack of proper maintenance by the BeMC.
Local residents alleged that the BeMC has converted an open space in the ward into a dumping yard. Recently, a child fell into an open drain and suffered injuries while playing.
Then the residents of the ward covered the open space with a concrete plate. But neither the people’s representative nor the BeMC showed any interest to cover the open space.
As the drains are not being cleaned for days together, there are piles of garbage accumulated in the drain, chocking the flow of water, resulting in water flowing on the road.
Worst, the stagnant water and piles of garbage are stinking. Expressing her concern, a local resident Sailandri Patra said that they have been on sufferance for a long period.
“There is none to hear our complaints. The other problems we are currently facing are mosquito menace. The BeMC authorities should give preference to cleanliness drive during this Covid-19 time failing which infection will spread,” she said.