Madhubani national highway potholes: Two Bihar engineers axed, two suspended | Patna News – Times of India


PATNA: After receiving flak from Opposition leaders, including Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the leader of opposition in Bihar legislative assembly and poll strategist Prashant Kishor for crater-sized potholes on a national highway (NH) passing through Madhubani district, the state road construction department (RCD) has taken action against four engineers and issued show-cause notices to another two.
RCD minister Nitin Bain told TOI on Saturday that an executive engineer and junior engineer have been suspended, while a contractual assistant engineer and junior engineer have been removed from service.

Potholes on Madhubani national highway

“A chief engineer and superintending engineer have also been issued show-cause notices,” the minister said.

He added that the NH- 227(L) will be repaired and made fit for vehicular movement within 4-5 days.
Earlier this week, a report along with an aerial photograph of the pothole-ridden NH by a vernacular daily was shared on Twitter by ace-poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who is now touring different districts of Bihar as a part of his Jan Suraj campaign. He said the pothole-ridden NH reminded him of “Jungle Raj” of the 1990s.
“Nitish ji told officials of RCD in a recent event that they must tell the people about the condition of roads in the state,” Kishor tweeted while making a sarcastic remark on the Bihar CM.
“Jungle raj of 1990s” on the other hand, was a reference to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi, who ran the government in Bihar for 15 years until the defeat of their party by Nitish- led NDA in 2005. Poor condition of roads and lawlessness during the RJD regime were the two primary counts on which the party still faces criticism.
Kishor, who along with his political consultancy firm I-PAC, helped Lalu -Nitish alliance register a victory against the BJP in the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, now claims that both leaders have let the state down and there is a need for a political alternative.
Kishor apart, Lalu’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav also took a dig at Nitish- government over the pothole-ridden NH in Madhubani.
“The BJP, which has 39 out of total 40 Lok Sabha MPs in the state, has made such exemplary roads of international standard that tourists from Gujarat and across the state are coming here to see them,” Tejashwi tweeted on Friday while making a sarcastic remark on the state government.
Meanwhile, the Union ministry for road transport and highways also reacted to the issue earlier this week.
“The work on NH will be done by NHAI. However, the road is yet to be handed over by the state government. The work on the said project will begin in two weeks,” the ministry tweeted.





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