Government Failure to Rid Patna from Water-logging Surfaces Again

Water-logging in Karbigahia in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Few hours of rain on Sunday morning once again exposed the failure of the Nitish government as Patna roads, like many past years, turned into a living hell with water accumulation in many areas, in some areas as high as fifteen inches.

Like each year, Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister, huddled with his top administrators to figure out a way to rid Patna from perpetual water-logging during the monsoon season as he has done for the last 15 years.

"We have made available all the resources to the concerned departments so water-logging does not take place in Patna. If this problem persists, we may be forced to take harsh steps against some government officials," Kumar warned.

Many roads across the city were facing serious water-logging problem as the government, after making tall promises for years that this won't happen again, once again failed to fix the underground sewage system, many of them built over 75-80 years ago during the British rule.

Areas affected by water-logging on roads included Kadam Kuan, Rajendra Nagar, Saidpur, Congress Maidan, Dinkar Roundabout, Lohanipur, Langartoli, Buddha Murti in New Area, Nawal Kishore Path, Thakurbari Road, Park Road, Gandhi Maidan, Lalji Tola, Dariyapur, Sabzi Bagh, Bhanwar Pokhar, Karbigahia, Chiraiyantand, Bihari Sao Lane, Pataliputra Colony, Kankarbagh, Postal Park, Ram Krishna Nagar, and Mithapur, among others.

With Patna streets overflowing with garbage, residents appeared to have resigned to the fact this government has once again failed to keep its promise to rid the city from such hellish nightmare.

Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said arrangements were being made to dispatch pumps in the affected areas so water could be drained out soon.

Suresh Kumar Sharma, Urban Development minister, in an attempt to shift the blame from the Nitish administration to someone else, said tough actions might be taken against PMC and Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO) top officials for failing to meet their responsibilities.

"I have been told that the cleaning of underground sewage would be completed by Tuesday June 30th but if they failed to do so, we will not hesitate in taking tough actions against some senior officials," Sharma said.

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