Sambalpur: The topography of Sambalpur town is seeing a change in the last few years. And 2012 was no different.
The town is growing by leaps and bounds and the year saw an addition of more hotels, eateries, shopping outlets and air-conditioned salons to the cityscape.
Such is the effect of urbanisation that one has to literally wait for a minimum of 30 minutes for a table at the multi-cuisine restaurants that have sprouted in every nook and cranny of the town. Hong Kong, one such hotel, is probably the most frequented one.
Most importantly, the ‘brand culture’ is steadily rising which is evident from the increasing number of shops selling branded apparels and footwear in the last one year. Real estate too has seen a boom.
On the flip side, the green cover in the town is fast vanishing with Sambalpur turning into a concrete jungle. Increasing number of vehicles are occupying the roads often leading to traffic woes. And along with the growth, there has also been a rise in crime.
On the civic front, the matters have gone from bad to worse this year. During monsoon, large parts of the town were waterlogged due to encroachments. Poor drainage system in the town prevented rainwater from flowing into the river Mahanadi. Residents complain that encroachment at various places had affected the flow of water into the town’s natural Dhobijore Nulla, compounding the problem of flooding.