Patna, Sept. 19, 2012: Irked at the failure of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to ensure regular lifting of garbage in different parts of the city and to solve the problem of waterlogging following rain, the Patna high court on Tuesday decided to monitor the twin issues on a day-to-day basis and directed the municipal body to submit progress report to the court in this regard everyday.
A division bench of the HC comprising Justice T Meena Kumari and Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh, while hearing a petition filed by Sunil Kumar, also directed the PMC to file an affidavit on the action taken so far to rid the state capital of waterlogging and garbage, which have made life miserable for the Patnaites. PMC commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal was present in the court in response to the court's earlier summons.
The court also appointed senior advocate K N Singh as an amicus curiae to inform and assist the court in the matter. It also asked a PMC lawyer, Vishwa Bibhuti, to receive complaints from residents and forward them to the PMC commissioner, who was directed to hold public hearing between 4.30pm-5.30pm everyday to solve people's grievances.
PMC commissioner Pal told the court that the sump house at Rajapur, which was earlier dysfunctional, has now been made functional. The court directed him to treat as complaints all the supplementary petitions filed before the high court and give replies to them.
Advocate Vivek said the bench directed the PMC to constitute a team for the city, with the mobile number of each of its members being publicized widely. Residents could inform them of the problem in their areas. The court also directed the corporation to file a report about utilization of the budgetary allocation by it. (Source: Nishant Sinha, TNN, The Times of India)