While Politicians Fight to Retain Power, Patna Suffers

Water-logging in Langartoli in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: With embattled Lalu-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) refusing to give up power despite a host of corruption cases against its leaders and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar struggling to formulate a strategy to maintain the Mahagathbandhan in the state while also keeping his 'Sushasan Babu' image intact, it is the city of Patna that continues to remain the biggest victim of power-hungry politicians and inept Babus who have been working on a plan to rid the state capital of water-logging for at least 40 years now.

With a little rain carried over from Sunday, Patna has once again turned into a living hell though people in power seem to be hardly bothered by it. Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), a failed agency that is way past its expiration date by any measuring standard, is running around talking about sumps and pumps while explaining the cause of water-logging across the city without ever offering any solution.

Like each year, the PMC officials said it was working on a plan to turn Patna into a city free of any water-logging but failed to offer any details about this 'grand plan' of theirs. "Patna is ready to become a Smart City", PMC Commissioner Abhishek Singh had said a few days ago.

With the health system in Bihar in tatters like the dilapidating Gandhi Setu, chances of a city-wide epidemic is now not just a probability but almost a certainty as small children were seen wading their way through dirty accumulated water to reach their schools.

Situation was particularly grim in Gardanibagh, Dariapur, Sabzi Bagh, Kankarbagh, Station Road, Kadam Kuan, and Rajendra Nagar where, in some cases, water level on roads were two to three feet high disrupting lives of those who happen to live in those areas.

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