Patna a Living Hell as Garbage Piles up Due to PMC Workers Strike

Patna streets filled with garbage due to strike by the PMC daily workers.

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Patna: Just days after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in an attempt to disparage the Kejriwal government in Delhi, bragged about Bihar being better than the nation's capital, the entire city Patna, an already filthy city by most standards, has turned into a giant landfill as the ongoing strike of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) entered into its fourth day making life of Patna'ites even more miserable.

With stench of garbage filling the air no matter where one went, an unofficial estimate puts the number at roughly 2000 tons of garbage on Patna streets. With many dead animals now lying on the roads, an impending health epidemic is only a matter of days, officials at a local hospital said adding the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) was gearing up for a stream of patients suffering from ailments like cholera, diarrhea, and breathing issues.

More than 4000 PMC workers are on strike for the last four days to press for their demands that includes permanent job status for the daily wage workers and no outsourcing of the job as proposed by the district administration.

Meanwhile, a casual drive around the city on Thursday revealed the failure of the district administration as hills of garbage could be seen in many areas including Station Road, Pataliputra Colony, Boring Road, Mithapur, Gardanibagh, Jakkanpur, Golghar, Gandhi Maidan-Danapur Road, Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Kadam Kuan, Park Road, New Area, Bakerganj, Dariyapur, Langartoli, Govind Mitra Road, Bhikhna Pahadi, Lalji Tola, Bahadurpur, and Saidpur.

Despite tall claims by Patna District Magistrate (DM) of forming an alternate team to pick up trash from the streets of the state capital, things only looked worse on Thursday as not a single clean-up crew was seen anywhere in the city.

Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma said attempts were being made to negotiate with the workers on strike and assured of a quick resolve to the problem.

It may be recalled that despite Nitish Kumar's claim of Bihar being one of the best states in the nation, Patna, last October had turned into a floating city as heavy rain clogged the already-choking drains of the city causing an epic flooding that lasted nearly ten days forcing people to flee the town to avoid water-borne diseases.

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