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Water woes affect Khandagiri, Udayagiri cave visitors

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Apr 11:

The tourists parking their vehicles in bus stand beneath the Khandagiri mountains are facing severe problems as the area lacks  asic facilities like drinking water, clean toilets and shelter.

water post

To avoid accidents visitors are not allowed to park their vehicles near the entrance and exit of the historical Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves.

They have to park them in a temporary parking stand given out on tender by Odisha State Road and Transport Corporation  (OSRTC). Local vehicle have to pay Rs 50 while outside is Rs 100 as parking charges. Around 50 buses and several cars come everyday for visiting the beautiful caves, according to Sambad.

The water posts with six taps are lying broken and unused as there is no water, there are four toilets but are unusable as they do not have water facilities.

Passengers have to walk for some distance to a tube well, which gives out water with difficulty.

tubewell

“With the temperature being so hot, there is no shelter, no  water and no toilet facility. We need to walk to get to a tube well for water but that too gives water with great difficulty”, said a tourist.