The government of Bihar is getting ready to celebrate the Centenary Year of the state. While the entire state is being decked up, there's one area in Patna, which has become a playground for khatals (cows).
AS THE state government wants to leave no stone unturned to spruce up Patna
like a bride groom during the Bihar
Centenary Year, there is an only place situated in the heart of the state capital which is going to be a blot on this much hyped event. Sandwiched between Patna Regional Passport Office and extreme opposite the Taramandal on Budh Marg, Adalatganj Road this vast area of triangular government land attracted the attention of everyone but not for good reason.
The mushrooming growth of Khatals (cowsheds) running right under the nose of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has thrown normal life out of gear everyday here. The residents of Budh Marg, Adalatganj and its adjoining areas show utter surprise while saying that what kind of Bihar Centenary Days State Government is witnessing as this locality mirrors the ugly face of Patna here. They groan that despite several complaints made to the Patna Municipal Corporation, the concerned police station has taken no action to remove these khatals and other encroachments as yet. One gentleman, Mr. Vijay Gupta of Adalatganj, angrily says that Honourable Patna High Court has given the order that a Khatal should not be run within the radius of 100 meters of jurisdiction of a concerning police station. But how come plenty of Khatals run here boastfully?”
Gupta says the Kotwali police station is just a few paces away from here and they are letting free all these Khatalwallahs to defecate this locality. The care taker of ancient Shiv Temple Balak Baba near the Passport Office alleges that huge quantity of milk is being supplied to the concerning policemen since long here, and in return the Khatal owners get the patronage from them. Apart from this, one can find entire area littered with cowdung and the heavy discharge of urine of the cows and buffalos as they are left in open to roam freely in the daytime on streets.
The commuters on this road have to face harrowing times when the roaming animals come in between the roads. As a result, chances of an accident can’t be ruled out. As if this wasn’t enough, the stray animals stand across both flanks of the roads, which lead to Patna Regional Passport Office and Taramandal - putting lives in danger of those who drive through these roads. Sometimes, stray animals reach the divider just opposite the Allahabad Bank, Patna Museum Branch and cause an accident-like situation, which can claim anybody’s life. Now, the residents of this locality are anticipating that the state government redeems this locality from long-existing Khatals and other encroachments from the government land during the Bihar Centenary Day - otherwise it will only show the ugly face of Patna.