Bihar floods: Congress blames administration for crisis

Bihar floods: Congress blames administration for crisis

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New Delhi, Oct 1 : The Congress on Tuesday blamed the Bihar administration for the current flood crisis in the state.

Bihar Congress in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil, while addressing the media at the party headquarters here, said for the last one-and-a-half decade, no work is being done to construct and maintain drains in the city.

He accused the local politicians for illegally acquiring land in some areas which prevented the drainage of water.

Pointing out at one of the BJP parliamentarians, who has illegally occupied all areas around his house and blocked all the drainage routes from there, Mr Gohil said several other leaders of the ruling party and influential people of the city have encroached land in similar ways.

"The government which showed us the dream of making Patna a smart city is itself involved in corruption in the money allocated for the treatment of drains in Patna under the 'Namami Gange' program,'' he said, adding that under this scheme, pipelines were laid but water is not being drained from them.

He alleged that there is a pump system for water drainage but 80 percent of the pumps are not working at all. "The situation would not have been worse if the administration had prepared properly to deal with the flood,'' Mr Gohil charged. At least 27 people have been killed in Bihar in past one week following incessant rainfall that have resulted in floods. Patna district administration has ordered for suspension of academic activities all government and private schools till October 1.

Cranes of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) are being used for rescuing people from completely submerged areas. Many people in the state capital are stranded in their homes without electricity and water supply. At least 19 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the affected areas of Bihar.

Many trains in Bihar have been cancelled or diverted due to flooding of railway tracks and, in some places, damage caused to bridges. (UNI)