Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Law and Justice of India, who represents Bihar's Patna in the Lok Sabha, was confronted by Republic TV on Tuesday over flooding taking place in Patna, Bihar. When asked to contrast the current situation with claims of Patna being transformed into a 'Smart City' by the Centre and the Bihar government, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today, I don't want to criticise. I understand the pain of the people of Patna, which is why I have been going around in the city and even today I will be going around. I have cancelled my scheduled meetings. Tomorrow I will be here on Gandhi Jayanti as well."
Discussing the issue of waterlogging in the city and the cause of it, the minister replied saying, "Please try to understand that what I have seen is that the drains (nala) should have been cleaned in a better way." When confronted about the anger amongst the Patna people regarding the floods, Prasad said, "Today you are talking about the past but I am talking about the pain of today. I want the pain of the people to reduce. I am working towards it."
Sharing his plans and the work which is being done in Patna, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "I want the big pumps to be brought in to remove the waterlogging in Patna and they will be coming in. Yesterday I talked to the Defence Minister and Cabinet Secretary. Two helicopters came in to drop relief material to the people of Patna. You have seen the people of our department sending relief material like food packets to the people. Right now even I am involved in providing relief."
Republic TV spoke to the senior IAS officer Pratyaya Amrit who said that if such an emergency situation arises where people need to be rescued, the administration is ready to take up appropriate steps to conduct the mission. The report stated that Bihar is expected to receive 300mm of rain in the next three days. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had earlier issued instructions for the evacuation of people nestled in the villages where water has entered through the overflowing rivers flooding the entire space. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a report stating that the rain and thunderstorms are likely to continue in Bihar this week. It had earlier issued an orange alert for Bihar till Saturday morning. However, thunderstorms and lightning are likely to continue over Bihar till Wednesday.