| Water flows from a leaking pipeline at Magadh Vikas Colony near Jagdeo Path in Patna. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Numerous leaks in drinking water pipeline at Magadh Vikas Colony in onset of summer have left residents fuming and roads under perpetual inundation.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to plug the loopholes even as litres of precious drinking water are going down the drains, literally, everyday for the past six months.
The Telegraph found even slum-dwellers storing water from the leaking pipeline. It also found one to two feet of water at some places on the Link Road that had accumulated because of leak in at least four points. Local residents blamed that the road was getting damaged because of water coming out from leaking pipes. “I went to the PMC office in November in spite of my aching legs. I met the junior engineer and some other officials but even today the same situation prevails,” said 70-year-old S.K. Pandey, retired engineer, public works department. He added: “This road is only a year old but its condition has become bad because of the leaks.”
PMC commission Kuldip Narayan could not be contacted despite several attempts.
However, local ward councillor Deepak Chourasiya said: “I do not have funds for carrying out the proper maintenance of the pipeline. Many times, ward councillors have asked Narayan for funds but nothing has been done.” Vishwabhushan Kumar, another septuagenarian retired government employee who used to work in State Education Council Research and Training, echoed Pandey: “I also visited the PMC office many a time but to no use.”
While on one hand, those who are well off in the area want the problem to be fixed soon, the slum dwellers do not want so. “We don’t want the PMC officials come and repair the points because these are the places of drinking water source for us. We will even beat the officials if they repair the leak,” said an agitated Ramkali (65), a slum-dweller.