Many Parts of Patna Still Reeling under Water-logging

Water-logging in Rajendra Nagar in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Six days after streets of Patna were deluged with three to five feet of water thanks to a failed underground drainage system in a city whose basic infrastructure has failed despite claims of progress by the current administration, a large majority of the state capital continued to remain several feet under water as politicians began finger-pointing at each other for this year's epic flood in the state.

With Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, refusing to accept any responsibility for the hellish situation of Patna despite being in power for fourteen long years, blamed climate change and global warming for this year's flood and other 'god-fearing' politicians in the NDA blaming the stars and the moon, the ground reality remained grim on Thursday in areas like Rajendra Nagar, Saidpur, Kadam Kuan, and Pataliputra Colony where the roads were still inundated with 3 to 4 feet of water.

RJD leaders like Tejaswi Yadav and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Nitish Kumar while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders took the opportunity to slam the Chief Minister saying it was no one's fault but Nitish Kumar who had failed to concentrate on real developmental issue and instead, being obsessed with inaugurating museums and conference halls.

Though some areas showed sign of receding water, many others were in the same shape as they were yesterday and the day before. Among those where there were some sign of relief included Kankarbagh, Nala Road, and some parts around Exhibition Road and Gandhi Maidan.

Condition in Rajendra Nagar, however, was truly grim where many roads in the colony still had 3 to 4 feet of water – definitely an improvement from 6 to 7 feet of water just two days ago.

The local administration was seen struggling with antiquated sump houses in Saidpur, Congress Maidan, Dinkar Roundabout, Kadam Kuan, Lohanipur, Janak Kishore Path, Nawal Kishore Path, Thakurbari Road, Park Road, Dariyapur, Sabzi Bagh, and Bhanwar Pokhar owing to year-long neglect and lack of upkeep and maintenance.

With resentment growing against the Nitish administration and the Mayor of Patna Sita Sahu for failing to prepare for the flood despite all warnings, officials insisted the entire city would be free of water-logging in next day or two.

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