Patna's Woes Increase After Drainage Map Goes Missing

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Water-logging continued to plague Patna’s residential areas for the ninth day and water could not be removed from there because the map of the city’s drainage network has been made to disappear by Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

In the absence of the map, PMC officials are finding it tough to estimate correctly the location of drains and manholes in the city.

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Flood water clogging residential areas in Patna could not be removed even on the ninth straight day. There is still 5 ft deep water in Buddha Murti Golambar in the capital. There is 3 ft water in Nand Nagar Colony and in Dakshinpuri area in New Bypass. There is 2 ft water in Rajendra Nagar, Madeval Golambar and Ramlakhan Path. In addition, in Patna City, Kankarbagh and Indrapuri-Shivpuri, lakhs of people are stuck due to waterlogging.

The water which has accumulated in these residential areas over nine days has turned black and a bad smell has started emanating from the water.

Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad and the Nitish government claim that more than 75 pumps have been used to pump out water. But despite this, the water-level is not receding. Experts say that it is proving difficult to pump out water from urban areas because most rivers, including Ganga, Mahananda and Gandak, are in spate.

However, despite this, serious questions are being raised over administrative negligence and mismanagement by the Nitish government.

Media reports claim that the administration has failed to pump out water because PMC does not have any map of Patna city’s drainage network. The map of the drainage network is missing from the year 2017 till now. In such a situation, pumping out water clogging the city since nine days is proving to be a herculean task.

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