After Decades of Water-logging, PMC Now Moves to Planning Stage

Mayor Sita Sahu visiting a pump house in Patna.

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Patna: newly-elected Mayor of Patna Sita Sahu on Tuesday, with more than half of the state capital reeling under severe water-logging due to dilapidated, non-functioning underground sewage system, suggested forming a permanent committee on water-logging to deal with the hellish situation that the city is currently faced with.

"In next 3-4 days, we will form a permanent committee to review the water-logging situation in Patna. I have personally visited many areas including Rajendra Nagar, Ram Nagar, Khas Mahal Road etc. on Monday and the situation is grim in these areas. The public has high hopes from this new administration and we will take all ward councilors into confidence to get their inputs in this matter," Sahu said.

The first woman mayor of Patna further said that she had directed the officials to come up with a plan to keep Patna free from water-logging.

"If needed, I will go to war with the government to get them approve plans to keep Patna clean and free from water accumulation on roads. I do, though, feel this government is also very concerned about keeping the city clean," Sahu said while visiting several pumping stations.

Residents of Dariapur, however, were not pleased with Mayor's plan.

"If the PMC, after 40 years, is still in the planning stage to rid Patna from water-logging then only God can save this city," said a shop-owner whose small restaurant remains under dirty water for the last five days.

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