3 Congress workers picked up by police for flooding NHAI office

Bhubaneswar: Flooding the office of Project Director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to protest water-logging in the Smart City has cost the Congress party dear as the police picked up three party activists allegedly involved in the act last night.

The three Congress workers have been detained at Nayapalli police Station and are being questioned. No arrest has been made yet, sources said.

Congress activists on Monday had barged into the NHAI office here and sprayed water in the building, flooding it in a bid to protest water-logging on National Highway 16 in front of Iskcon temple after the recent rains.

The protestors shouted slogans before discharging water from a tanker using a hose pipe on the ground floor.

The protest at the NHAI office comes after NH-16 in front of Iskcon temple was inundated for two successive days following downpour causing serious inconvenience for the commuters. Several cars and bikes were seen floating.

While rains have exposed the shabby drainage system in the Capital City, both NHAI and the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) are at loggerheads over the issue, blaming each other for the persistent problem.

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