Waterlogging Part of the Smart City Scheme? A Little Rain Exposes Govt's Failure

Rain brings waterlogging in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: With rain lashing out at the state capital for the last two days, the failure of the district administration, like each year in the past five decades, once again came to the forefront as dozens of roads in the city went underwater as a result of severe waterlogging making lives of ordinary people miserable.

As always, low-lying areas like Dariyapur, Langartoli, Bhanwar Pokhar, Sabzi Bagh, Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, and Pataliputra Colony were the in worst shape on Monday as early morning rain turned roads in these areas into a living hell as garbage thrown on streets floated freely in the six to ten inches of accumulated water making it extremely difficult for pedestrians and rickshaw-wallas to make their way through it.

Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said the administration was in the process of sending pumps in the affected areas to drain water off the streets.

Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, who had pledged to make Patna waterlogging-free following her election a over two-year ago, repeated her promise saying she was committed to attain the goal despite a number of hurdles in her way.

Meanwhile, rain water was reported to have entered in many hospitals in the city including the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and parts of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where patients had to be shifted to dry areas until pumps were brought in to drain the water.


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