The road has reportedly been in a dilapidated condition since 2015. Tenders have also been floated multiple times to repair it, but all contractors are now missing after having left the work unfinished
We often witness potholes on Indian roads, but giant craters covering the entire road like an obstacle course are not common. But this is exactly what a viral video has captured. Shot by Praveen Thakur of Dainik Bhaskar, the clip has drawn everyone’s attention to the sorry state of affairs at National Highway 227, which goes through Bihar’s Madhubani.
The clip even made political strategist Prashant Kishor react. Kishor shared the video on his Twitter handle to criticise the ineffective management of the Bihar government. He wrote in Hindi: “This is reminiscent of the condition of roads in Bihar in the Jungle Raj of the 90s, this is National Highway 227 (L) of Madhubani district of Bihar. Recently Nitish Kumarji was speaking to the people of road construction department in a programme that they should tell everyone about the good condition of roads in Bihar.
Have a look at what he tweeted:
A report by Dainik Bhaskar mentions that MLA Arun Shankar Prasad had raised the issue of the highway multiple times in the state Assembly but it has not yielded any result. It also stated that the highway sees regular movement of VIP vehicles belonging to officials in power but repairs have not been undertaken yet.
The road has reportedly been in this condition since 2015. Tenders have also been floated multiple times to repair it, but all contractors are now missing after having left the work unfinished.
This is not the only incident where roads in Bihar have been found in a shoddy condition. Last year, cracks and potholes were detected on a five-km stretch of a state highway in Patna the same day it was to be inaugurated by the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. A Bihar Assembly committee said fish were discovered swimming in the floodwater that had accumulated in the puddles.
Earlier, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that road infrastructure of the state will be at par with that of United States by December 2024.