Bihar: National Highway 227 in dilapidated condition, close to 100 potholes present

A video now viral on social media platforms show presence of close to 100 small pool-size craters on the National Highway 227, in Bihar’s Madhubani district, reported NDTV. The Bihar government has has always maintained that roads in the state are in good condition. The aerial video of the highway which was shot by Praveen Thakur of Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, contradicts the claims of the Bihar government.

Over 100 large potholes were found at the highway in a stretch of around 20 km from the Kaluahi village to Umgaon crossing at Basopatti block in the district.

The road is in a dilapidated condition since 2015, and repair works were initiated three times, but now all contractors seem to missing having left the work unfinished, according to the Dainik Bhaskar report.

Reacting to the video, political strategist, Prashant Kishor tweeted in Hindi,
“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 Kumar ji was speaking to the people of the road construction department at an event that they should tell everyone about the good condition of roads in Bihar,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Several residents claimed, the Union Road Transport ministry gave the road the status of a National Highway in 2001, following which the Bihar government have looked after the road.

The residents also claimed that the road has been used by the administrative officers in the state, including the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, local MLA, ministers and even the chief minister, but no action was taken to repair it.

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