PATNA: RJD legislator and Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav today visited the water-logged localities of Patna to know about the trials and tribulations of residents living there.
Wearing bathroom slipper and his trouser rolled up to his knee, Tejashwi waded through the drain water for hours together to visit homes and get a feel of people’s problems.
Residents told him how they had been living in compete hell for the past about a week as none from the state government has shown interests in their problems.
Crowds of local residents followed Tejashwi and narrated their tale of woes wherever he went, braving the knee-deep drain water.
“Water-logging is everywhere and we have been literally forced house arrest,” the residents told Tejashwi.
They said they are forced to face this situation just every rainy season as no effort for its permanent solution has been made.
Angry residents every shouted “Nitish Kumar shame shame”.
Tejashwi slammed the government for the prevailing state of affairs in the state capital and mocked the government’s announcement to convert Patna into a “smart city”.
“Drain water has gushed homes after homes in several localities of the state capital and they are talking about smart city,” Tejashwi mocked.
Last week, in a major embarrassment to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, fishes were found swimming in the ICU of the Nalanda Medical College & Hospital (NMCH), Patna’s second premier health institute as rainwater flooded the hospital.
Local TV footages showed the hospital inundated under knee-deep water while the patients get treated under unhygienic condition.
Various wards, corridors and even ICU of the hospital get flooded as heavy rains lashed Patna, causing further troubles to the patients and attendants alike.
The hospital, along with several other parts of the city, is flooded as the region is experiencing rains since the past few days.
Heavy raids also exposed the government’s preparedness when the rainwaters flooded residence of deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
Rains also damaged a portion of Bailey Road, considered the lifeline of Patna, prompting the authorities to instantly block traffic and divert elsewhere.
Soon after the incident, chief minister Kumar visited the spot and inspected the site before ordering an investigation.
The incident has raised big question mark over the ongoing construction works on the Bailey Road.
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