Amid Red Tape, Water-logging in Patna Continues

Development Commissioner Anand Kishore holding meetings with top officials in Patna.

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Patna: Alarmed by the growing criticism of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) in the wake of the widespread water-logging in Patna, Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore on Tuesday huddled with top officials on Tuesday to review works going on to rid Patna from rain water accumulation that has made life hellish for most of its residents.

With more rain expected in the coming days and weeks and Patna already looking like a city in the process of sinking, Kishore directed concerned officials to speed up work to drain water from flooding streets.

With bureaucracy running amok in the state where even the simplest repair work requires involvement of several government departments that often operate independently without any synchronization with other departments, the Divisional Commissioner asked the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO) to repair the broken drainage system near Mandiri and Raja Pul area by July 26. He further asked the District Urban Development Authority (DUDA) to take care of water-logging problem in Pataliputra Colony and instructed Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited to complete ongoing construction of manholes on Station Road and Jamal Road by July 28.

Turning his attention towards the poor record of the PMC, Kishore ordered them to install portable pumps throughout Patna to drain out water from the streets that have caused more than a dozen injuries due to pedestrians and two-wheelers falling in ditches covered with dirty rainwater.

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