Patna: Belying the claims of life getting better under the Janata Dal – U government in Bihar, the city of Patna continued to remain a place not suitable for any hygienic-conscious person as mountains of garbage could be seen across the state capital with no attempt to remove them by the local administration.
On Thursday, in the lack of required machinery and manpower, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) set a pile of trash near the Beur intersection on fire causing nauseous gas to emanate with the smoke making it very difficult for the pedestrians to breathe.
Similar sight was witnessed in Pataliputra Colony where cows tried to graze through the trash to find anything edible in a heap of garbage containing mostly plastic bags that was banned by the state government a few years ago.
Meanwhile, the PMC, ten years after the Nitish government came into power, continued to mull over the best way to deal with the stinking situation.
PMC Commissioner Jai Singh on Wednesday held a meeting of the committee members to weigh in on the 'door-to-door' garbage collection and decided to issue a fresh tender, fourth time in ten years, to select an agency to do the job.
Patna Mayor Afzal Imam suggested more board meetings before a tender was floated.
With virtually the entire city, barring the VVIP areas, turning into a pile of garbage, the local administration argued over the purchase of fourteen equipment needed to clean the state capital.
While a decision has been reached as to the purchase of six equipment; the government will soon float a tender for the procurement of the remaining eight tools, the Mayor said.
"We have entrusted Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (BUIDCO) to send us a proposal after which a final decision would be taken as to the purchase of the remaining eight equipment," he said.