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Promise to flush out water in 48 hours

The state government on Wednesday assured the high court that water would be flushed out from flooded areas in the city in the next 48 hours.

Summoned by the court, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh told the bench of Justice V.N. Sinha and Justice P.K. Jha Singh that the work to flush out water from the waterlogged areas had been launched on a war footing. He assured the court that water would be drained out of all the areas within 48 hours.

Singh admitted before the court that Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) had failed to handle the waterlogging problem properly. The corporation is unable to deal with situations like this, Singh told the bench. The chief secretary admitted that the condition of Patna had become miserable because of waterlogging.

The court had earlier sought an action plan from PMC to address the waterlogging problem.

The officials present informed the high court that 18 pumps were currently engaged in flushing out the water from different localities of the city. The civic body would enlist more portable pumps to flush out the water from waterlogged areas.

The PMC assured the high court that proper sanitation would be maintained in the areas from where water had already been removed and also in those places where water would be removed in the next 48 hours.

Singh, the chief secretary, clarified to the bench that the help of the army had been sought not to flush out water from the waterlogged areas but to demolish a small bridge near Saidpur sump house in eastern Patna to allow quick discharge of accumulated water from the Rajendra Nagar locality.

He explained that the accumulated water from the Rajendra Nagar area was not flowing to the Saidpur sump house because of clogging of a part of a drain under a partially collapsed small bridge at Sanichara Sthan.

The court had taken up the matter of waterlogging suo motu as the members of the Bar apprised it of accumulation of water in the city for the past one week following heavy rainfall.

The high court issued a directive to constitute a cell headed by principal additional advocate-general Lalit Kishore. Its function would be to collect the grievances or complaints of the high court lawyers to be dealt with by PMC.