Civic body to look after BDA housing colonies
Aug 23, 2013
Source : The Times of India


BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has decided to hand over the development of infrastructure and other basic amenities in three housing colonies developed by it to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The BMC has made an estimation of Rs 30 crore for developing basic amenities at BDA-developed Kalinga Nagar (K-7 and K-8), Ananta Vihar (phase-I, II, and III) and Lingaraj Vihar, official sources said.

While Kalinga Nagar was developed near Patrapada in 1994, the three phases of Ananta Vihar project was launched between 2002 and 2004 at Pokhariput. Lingaraj Vihar housing scheme was developed in Pokhariput in 2002, sources said.

BDA claimed that it had been taking care of the three housing colonies, even as residents were vocal against the former for poor maintenance of roads, drains and street lights.

On July 2 this year, the housing and urban development (H&UD) department asked the BMC to take over the maintenance charge, sources said.

"A joint team of BMC and BDA recently visited the three colonies and found that the infrastructure was damaged. Roads, drains and street lights need to be improved to cater to the needs of the residents of the area," BMC mayor A N Jena told TOI.

"We have sought nearly Rs 30 crore funds from the H&UD for development of infrastructure," Jena said.

BMC sought Rs 10.47 crore for development of Kalinga Nagar (K-7 and K-8), Rs 6.93 crore for Ananta Vihar and Rs 4.07 crore for the Lingaraj Vihar area.

Residents of those areas had been running from BMC and the BDA, seeking better amenities, but to no avail.

"We have written letters to BMC and BDA several times to clean the drains, repair roads and repair streetlights. Nobody paid heed to our requests. Most of the time, we repaired the roads and cleaned drains on our own," said Patitapaban Sahoo, the secretary of Lingaraj Vihar Community Welfare Association.

Altogether 429 houses were built by the development authority at Lingaraj Vihar.


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