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Wet west & dry east show drain divide

- Residents accuse authorities of negligence; army help plea triggers politics

A number of neighbourhoods in west and southwest Patna have been battling waterlogging for the past 10 days even though the problem was been resolved in most of the eastern parts of the city.

Despite these areas being a hub of real estate activities with hundreds of buildings mushrooming over the past decade, the authorities concerned are yet to get their act together in developing proper sewerage and drainage networks. Most colonies are still connected with kutcha roads.

Residents complained of being ignored by authorities even though they are a part of the capital, if not Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

A number of colonies in low-lying areas in western Patna, including Rupaspur, Phulwarisharif and Anisabad are still inundated with two to three feet water owing to the absence of drainage network and unregulated development of colonies.

“Numerous colonies in Phulwarisharif, including Mandal Colony, Bajrangdal Colony, Millat Colony and FCI godown road are still under knee-deep water. There has been a lot of hue and cry about waterlogging in Kankerbagh and Rajendra Nagar in eastern Patna but it has been 10 days since we are facing misery and no one seems to be bothered. We also live in the city then why is such a step-motherly treatment being meted out to us?” asked Hamid Hussain, a resident of Phulwarisharif.

The total population of Phulwarisharif Municipal Council located in southwestern Patna is 53,451 as per the census of 2011 and the municipal area is spread across 24 wards. The development in western Patna beyond beyond Digha-Danapur canal picked up from the late-1990s. Prior to that, majority of these areas were barren land, which were waterlogged throughout the year.

Though western Patna is a hot spot for the real estate fraternity at present, the developers are annoyed with the prolonged waterlogging menace.

“I had to arrange for private pump sets to flush out water from my construction site but most of the constructed houses and buildings are still waterlogged. Danapur Municipal Council has hardly taken any steps to provide respite to the residents,” said Arindam Guha, director, Expression Buildtech Private Limited, Patna.

Guha’s upcoming mega residential project — Crystal Apex being built by Hafeez Contractor — is coming up near Gola Road.

At present, most of western Patna comes under Danapur Nizamat Municipal Council. There are total 40 wards in Danapur Muncipal Council. The total population of the council is around 1.6 lakh as per the 2011 census.

The elected representative attributed the lack of drains to the prolonged waterlogging menace. “The contractor, who had constructed the main road from Saguna Mor to Manpuria Pul did not construct the drain alongside the road. Drains were also not constructed along the 60ft-wide Gola Road. It is a common problem here leading to prolonged waterlogging,” said Raj Kishor Yadav, deputy mayor, Danapur Nizamat Municipal Council.