Court raps Bihar Govt for smashing Naseeb Lal’s sweet water dream

PATNA:  The Patna High court has rapped the Bihar government for not keeping its promise to revamp the city’s doddering drinking water supply system. It’s a two year old promise, but the state government doesn’t appear to have started working on it. The state government officials better get cracking or else, the High Court may crack the whip, that was the message in brief.

Naseeb Lal Yadav has been waiting for two years, and despite government promises in 2011 his area Gardanibagh Road no 2, still has no pump house. 

On Friday, the Patna High Court took a dim view of the state government officials not  revamping the drinking water supply system in the state capital as was promised by the state government before the court two years ago during the hearing of a PIL.

A division bench comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Shivaji Pandey directed the respondents in the PIL – the chief secretary, principal secretary, urban development and housing, Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner and Bihar Rajya Jal Parshad – to take immediate steps for revamping the water supply system.

Hearing the PIL of Naseeb Lal Yadav, the court remarked that if in the next one month, the state functionaries concerned and the PMC fail to take concrete measures for revamping the water supply system in Patna, it would be treated as contempt of court and the bench may pass suitable punitive orders.

The state government and its agencies had, in 2011, filed counter affidavits to the PIL before the high court about its plan to replace the worn-out and dilapidated water supply lines with new ones and set up 38 water pumping stations for water supply in the city in two years.

When the matter was taken up this year, the state government and its agencies sought another two years for the purpose.

The PIL had sought replacing the worn-out water pipelines and for setting up a new pumping station in the area around Gardanibagh road number 2. But the situation remained the same as in 2011 when the first order was issued by the high court on this PIL to revamp the system, submitted the petitioner’s counsel, Indradeo Prasad.

He said the respondents had not taken any concrete steps to implement the high court’s order in the last two years.

As a wag said, NaseebLal’s PIL and the government promises, may have given him some ‘haseen sapne’ [sweet dreams] but Nitish Sarkar promises were hollow.

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