| The premises of Navdeepti Academy at Patliputra under water on Friday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Ninety-six hours were not enough to flush out water from the upscale Patliputra Colony, flooded by the four days of incessant rain till Monday.
Most parts of colony, housing many politicians, on Friday resembled a floating town. Some of the areas were under knee-deep water.
“We have not stepped out of our houses in the past seven days because of waterlogging. Some members of our families go out to buy food and groceries,” Vimla Prasad, a resident of road number 10 of Patliputra Colony, told The Telegraph.
Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Qaiser’s house has been waterlogged for the past seven days. A similar condition prevails on the streets around the house of Parveen Amanullah, the minister of social welfare department.
“This is an annual phenomenon. Hardly any measure is taken to provide respite to the residents. Municipal areas surround the (Patliputra) colony but the civic body turns a blind eye towards the problem,” Amanullah said.
The tennis courts of Bihar Lawn Tennis Association on road number 4A have almost turned into a swimming pool.
Patliputra Colony does not come under the ambit of Patna Municipal Corporation. Patliputra Co-operative Society looks after the drainage and sanitation system in the colony. But residents said things would be better with the intervention of the district administration.
“We have tied up with Chadha & Chadha, a road construction firm, to drain out the water. We expect the colony to dry up within 48 hours,” Maqsood Alam, sub-divisional officer, Patna Sadar, said.