Third Anniversary of go4patna.com - A Review

 

It is getting to be harder to run a constitution than to frame one - Woodrow Wilson (1887)

On the eve of the third anniversary of go4patna.com, the above phrase of Wilson holds quite true for it. The website over the years has grown into a huge collection of articles which require attention from diverse dimensions. The rapid development requires constant update of the information provided in the website. As the range of the information provided in the website keeps on widening, so does the amount of effort to maintain the same with the advancing time. However, we at go4patna.com has been eager to keep the website regularly updates despite numerous challenge, and the passing year has not been an exception to it.

The website continue to expand its reaches during the last year. It is heartening to inform that more than 75000 people visited the website during the period , totaling  page view of about 1.5 lakh. The same figure stood at 15 k during the first year and 64 k during the second year. Thus, overall more than 1.5 lakh people has visited the website since its beginning, which is quite good considering the topics which are covered in the website. The visitor access to the website continue on increasing with visitors from 113 countries visiting it, up from 93+ countries during last year. The top visitors are from India, followed by US, Spain, Indonesia and UK in that order. The visitors from different cities also witnessed some changes with Kolkata replacing Patna at the top, followed by Mumbai and New Delhi. Funtasia Island water park continue to receive highest hit among article this year also. It is closely being followed by PMC Wards and Eco Park.

Last year witnessed some minor changes in Home Page. Three modules beginning with "Top 10" were added replacing earlier module. A new section of "Development @ Patna" as added to capture the various development activities having a repercussion on the tourism aspect of Patna. The inauguration of the work of Bihar Museum, International Convention Centre, JP Ganga Path etc. has been included in this section. This year also witnessed restructuring of articles urls in order to avoid broken link/missing link problem. A page not found section was added to redirect the user to appropriate page in case of any mis-direction by the servers. Several steps were undertaken to reduce the page load time, as a result of which the pages are now being loaded more efficiently than last year. The articles were optimized and many photos were optimized or removed to pave for the efficiency. The blog patnaphotogallery.blogspot.com also witnessed good growth during the year. It received nearly 35000 visitors to its pages. Some new articles like on Kamaldah Jain Temple Complex and Agam Kuan were added. The Facebook Page has now more than a thousand followers and it continue to provide information about latest development and happenings in the city.

We have completed third year of our existence and it is a proof of our commitment. Several new websites appeared during the period based on plagiarism, which we talked about last year, however most of them are now defunct and non-existence. The reason is attributed to the lack of sustained interest on the limited topics revolving around Patna. A new website can be created in a short span of time using copy-paste and plagiarism, however it is much difficult to sustain it over a longer period. When we had started our website in 2011, there was not much information on internet and Wikipedia. Now, one can find a lot of information over internet and Wikipedia especially. Several of our articles has given way to Wikipedia pages, which they have also acknowledged in their references. In fact, the various article arrangement about Patna on Wikipedia bears remarkable resemblance with our website articles arrangement.  The purpose of the above reference is not to boast of our contribution, rather to emphasize the fact that a small beginning in 2011 has given so much information about Patna on the internet. This is the power of ICT (Information & Communication Technology).

On March 11, 2014, Prabhat Khabar (Patna Edition) carried out an article about the website and the blog on the front page of its Life @ Patna supplementary. We felt quite encouraged with such acknowledgement of our effort by a leading newspaper of Patna. The website also finds its mention on various other websites. We hope to achieve more accomplishment in the coming year.  It will be our endeavor in the next year to provide more information on Patna like as has been in the past. Again it would be worth mentioning that without the support of the visitors, it would have been difficult to move forward. We thank to all visitor for visiting our website. We would appreciate your feedback/comment/suggestion/criticism/query at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

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Looking Back

Patna stampede - why lessons learnt are forgotten?

 

The Gandhi Maidan stampede on the eve of Dussehra which has claimed 33 lives till now comes barely two years after the stampede that occurred at the Adalat Ghat during Chhath Puja celebration. The routine followed after the Chhath Puja stampede were usual in the Indian scenario - first the stampede happens, then even before the name of the deceased are made public, compensations (ex-gratia) pours in along with announcement of an "inquiry" into the incident, some officials are made scapegoat and transferred, few months later newspaper reports the submission of investigation to the government and finally no one hears anything about any action taken thereafter. Only reminiscence remains the vigilance on the anniversary eve, which too diminishes in the subsequent years - thus the venue again waiting for next stampede to happen. The Gandhi Maidan stampede clearly shows how the lessons learnt during the last stampede were forgotten or ill-implemented.

It seems unlikely that the authorities had any plan of mass management when one third of the city's population was gathered at a single venue (As per 2011 census, the city's population was just above 16 lakh and around 5 lakh people were present at the Gandhi Maidan on that fateful day). Ofcourse when an incident of such magnitude happens, press scrutiny brings much more information that in normal case would not have been come to the surface - like only twenty percent of the lights (eg. high-mast, street light etc) were functional, majority of the government official including police were busy in regulating VIP movement after the ceremony, Frazer road was blocked for well over 15 minutes for VIP movement when thousands of people were leaving the venue simultaneously etc. All these things points to only one thing - there was nothing called people management at the venue. If the official claims that there was indeed, then they forget to add that it was reserved for VIPs.

A big question being circulated is whether the administration expected such a large crowd? The official answer may be ambiguous but there is no denying fact the Ravan Vadh ceremony is attended by large number of people, and this is not a fact which has suddenly become apparent this year. It is known to every person in the city and everyone coming for the ceremony expects a huge turnout, unless the weather is bad. It might be that the administration had put the scarce resources at the privilege of the VIPs, leaving people to cater for themselves, as has been the normal scenario. Then, was the administration anticipating for such stampede to happen, lest not put the resource crunch before the government at the outset? This can not be rejected out rightly as the proper arrangement for mass management was completely overlooked. Another important question arises whether there was adequate security arrangement for the public in general. It has not been long since more than a  dozen low explosive bombs had rocked the PM Narendra Modi's election rally at the Gandhi Maidan. ( read : Blast is BJP's 'Hunkar Rally'). In the present time, when the terrorists aims to causes maximum public casualty, the question of security arrangement requires proper attention. Was there any manual frisking or metal detectors or sniffer dogs at the venue? The administration might give the excuse of presence of a large number of people. But again, aren't terrorist organizations looking for such vulnerabilities? Instead of the stampede that happened due to a false rumour at the Gandhi Maidan, an explosion or more at the venue during the climax of the ceremony would had triggered panic causing casualty at an un-imaginable level. The Hunkar Rally was attended by much less number of people that Ravan Vadh ceremony - the result would have been devastating.

The stampede clearly shows the lack of any robust plan in mass management despite the lessons learnt during the Chhath stampede and Hunkar Rally blast. The recommendations are buried and actions forgotten - to be remembered only when the next such thing happens. The blame game continues but no one takes responsibility for such incidents or lapse of arrangements. The attitude of "chalta hai" or "such incidents will keep happening" reflects the deep instincts of the society at large, where the blame is squarely put on public themselves. Isn't it right to discontinue such ceremonies attended by thousands of people where the administration is incapable of providing proper arrangement due to resource or fund crunch? Ofcourse religious sentiments gets hurt, but lives are more important than the rituals.

 

[Nov 2014]

Need for dedicated Cycling tracks in Patna

 

Cycles are the most preferred way of traveling to shorter distances in the urban areas. Cycling not only promote a healthy life style coupled with environmental benefits but also helps in the promotion of non-motorized vehicles. The nations around the world especially the developed countries have shown great interest in promoting the cycling culture because of the multiple benefits it offers compared to any other mode of transportation within the confines of urban centers. But in India, the issue has so far been neglected except a few isolated cases as in New Delhi. The issue is far more neglected in non-metro cities like Patna.

Patna is a city where one can find cyclist in large number. The cyclist varies from students to daily workers to many other professions. However, what is missing is dedicated cycling tracks and cycling culture. By cycling culture, it is meant the way the people perceives cycling as a mode of transportation ignoring the social hierarchies and the support that the government is supposed to provide. So far, both the factors are missing. Cycling in Patna is still viewed as a mode of transport for the poor people who could not afford motorized vehicles like bike, cars etc. The cyclists are ignored on the roads and looked upon with contempt as they manoeuver across the road during traffic jams. This may be partly true because of the complete absence of any dedicated cycling paths in the city. The ever increasing numbers of vehicles on the fixed and encroached roads in Patna has further pushed the cyclists on the edge of the roads.

The cyclists in Patna travel knowing fully the risk involved on the roads. The absence of any cycling track puts the cyclists in a vulnerable position on the road which is already occupied with big vehicles. Accidents are not uncommon and sometimes results into fatality also. The country already has the dubious distinction of high rate of mortality on the roads. Minor bruises are quite common - both on the cycles and on cyclist's body. The issue becomes quite glaring when one witnesses hundreds of students on the bicycles heading towards their schools, colleges and tuition centers in haste and fast moving vehicle bypassing then very closely. Sometimes, such narrow movement traumatizes students who afterwards prefers to use the shared autos. This further contribute to the ever increasing number of shared autos on the roads. The parent also do not want their children to venture out on the dangerous roads on bicycles. The congested roads of Ashok Rajpath, Nala road, Boring road etc. gives a vivid picture of the helplessness of the cyclists. Certainly, things were not so bad in the earlier days. The dedicated cycle stands in various colleges, which lie neglected today, bears the testimony of their hey-days. The cycle stand at Patna Science College, Patna College etc. are very old, when cycles used to be the preferred medium of students. The absence of efficient public transportation in the city has further compounded the problem. The cycle users are forced to pay higher prices in autos or use bicycles jeopardizing their lives.

The need of the hour is to create dedicated cycle tracks across the length and breadth of the city. The cycling culture should be promoted as a cheap, efficient and eco-friendly way of transport for shorter distances. The lanes once created should be well looked after so as not to discourage the cyclists. Violations like encroachment on the tracks should be promptly dealt with. Innovative approaches like fencing the cycling tracks with low height fences, creating low height cycling path overbridges when space is compact, making it pot-hole free area, proper arrangements at the traffic signals for crossing the roads, encouraging private players to rent bicycles for a nominal user fee, proper cycle parking facilities at major places, making aware citizens of their rights and importance of dedicated cycling tracks, encouraging students to use and protect the tracks etc. could be employed to give a sense of encouragement to the bicycle users in the city. These steps could go a long way in making the city as a cyclist hub in the country. The municipal corporation could levy a small user charge for using the cycling tracks so as to properly maintain them. The cost of constructing dedicated these tracks across the city will be minuscule when compared to other ambitious projects like the proposed Patna Metro Rail project. The benefits of dedicated cycling tracks would be many ranging from energy saving to the eco-friendly.

There is also need to learn from the experience of other countries where cycling culture has been implemented with much success. The name of the Netherlands stands apart in popularizing and promoting the cycling culture among its citizen. This small country has more than 35,000 km of cycling tracks and it boasts of more than 18 million (1.8 crore) bicycles in the country which is more than its total population. Cycling accounts for 27 percent of all trips (urban and rural) nationwide in the Netherlands and upto 59 percent of all trips in its cities. The Dutch government has accorded high priority to pedestrian and cyclist in road designs in the urban areas. In India, Delhi has close to 100 km of cycling tracks. The Delhi government has placed 'green' local cycle stands at various points near the metro stations where one can rent a bike at just Rs. 10 for four hours. As a consequence, more and more people are cycling.

Similar kind of approach is required in Patna also. It is said that it is never too late to start a good thing. The administration needs to take note of this crucial aspect in urban planning and the with citizen participation should start this noble initiatives to begin a new era of green transport in the city.

[Jan 2014]

Patna 2013 - A year in retrospect


The year 2013 brought many new dimensions to Patna from a number of perspective. Not only did the starting of several projects in the city gave a new hope about the better future, but also brought the threat of terrorism at the doorstep of the generally peaceful city in the passing year. The city which witnessed the repeated failure of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) at the orders of the Patna High Court on garbage issues, also witnessed bitter spat among the functionaries of the corporation towards the end of the year. Whereas the launching of new projects installed a hope of faith among the citizen, the repeated massive traffic jams worried the citizen a lot as well. The city looked bitterly outdated when referenced to the urban planing and seemed crumbling under the ever increasing weight of the population, vehicles and protests. We take a look at the year gone by to predict the next year situation.

The year 2013 was a special one - it marked the 100 year of creation of the state. Therefore a number of events kept happening especially in the first quarter of the year in Patna. The grand event - Bihar Day Celebration (March 22-24) - was held at the historic Gandhi Maidan where the top executives of the state participated the occasion. The 3-day celebration brought artists from all over the country. The event was followed by the 19th Book Fair by CRD which attracted a lot of crowd. The city witnessed three book fairs - all in Gandhi Maidan- during the year, which is something interesting. A number of fairs like Saras Fair kept on happening throughout the year. Perhaps the most eye-catching event during the year has been the starting of the work on the Ganga Path project. The ambitious project along the bank of the river Ganga hopes to greatly ease the traffic load on the Ashok Rajpath and give a boost to the city's infrastructure. It is expected that once completed, it will greatly promote the industries along the bank, especially in Patna city area, including tourism industry. Another highlight on infrastructure sector has been the proposed Patna Metro Rail. The state government has sought DPR (Detailed Project Report) from RITES. The Rs. 8,000 crore project, if approved, will be a landmark event in the infrastructure sector of the city. The city also witnessed a starting of work on a number of world class buildings. The foremost among them is the proposed museum which will be of international standard and whose design has been selected after a global competition. The work has already been started at a site near Patna High Court. An international convention centre will come up near Ashok Rajpath at Gandhi Maidan. The work has already started, however the project ran into controversy after the girls of Magadh Mahila College took onto protest at the project design to block the road to the main entrance of the college towards the end of the year.

The security of Patna was stepped up after serial bomb blasts rocked the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya in July 2013. However, the security proved to be of little use when a couple of months later, more than a dozen bombs rocked Gandhi Maidan and Patna Junction. The occasion chooses was the political rally of BJP where its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was to address the supporter at the Gandhi Maidan. The blasts sent ripple across the machinery of the state government. The steps were taken however the damage was already done. The police is taking enhanced steps to counter such terror activities. One such step made it mandatory for the landlords to furnish details of their tenants at the nearest police station. The continued violence in the college campuses of Patna University was also a cause of worry throughout the year.

The Municipal Corporation continued to fail at multiple front. The stinging garbage not only distracted citizens alone, but drew attentions of the judges of Patna High Court who took cognizance of it and PMC was always at loss to explain its failure. The construction of high rise apartments along the narrow roads in the city also drew remarks from the court, however still no guidelines has been framed in this matter by the authorities. The bitter squabbling among the functionaries of the corporation also hampered its reputation. The city continues to choke under massive traffic jams. The recurring political rallies and protests added more problem to the citizen's woe. There is still no visible solution to this ever growing problem. Though the government has planned to launch spacious city buses but the plan failed to take off in the year. It is expected that it will be operational from the first quarter of the coming year.

There is no denying fact that city continue to face a lot of problems at many fronts. Nevertheless initiatives has been taken at many fronts. The year 2014 can be no different from 2013 given the present scenarios. We can only hope that some major initiatives are taken in the coming year whose result could be visible in the future years. Unless some bold approaches are undertaken and some sort of urban planning on scientific lines are finalized, there is little hope for the city from the existing approaches.

2nd Anniversary of go4patna.com - A review

 

"If you cannot do great thing, do small things in great way" - Napoleon Hill, American author.

The above quotation has truly behoved our approach since we started our journey two years back with the objective of providing information on the various aspect of Patna, especially tourism aspect. It has been a long journey over comparatively short span of time. Two year ago, when we had launched the website on December 4, 2011, it barely had scores of articles, coupled with few technical glitches and indeed very few visitors. However, walking on the narrow path marred with the new challenges and threats, we have came across a long way, boasting of hundreds of articles and good number of visitors from all corners of the world. We are ready to go ahead further with the same enthusiasm and take new challenges in the coming year.

The time since the first anniversary (A Year of Celebration @ go4patna.com), there has been major shift in some of the trends concerning the website. The most delightful feature during last year has been the gradual increase in the northward curve of the number of visitors coming to the website - its more than 400% increase in absolute term !!! Not only we witnessed the gradual rise in the number of visitors, but also the increasing geographical reach of the website across all the continents of the world. While the last years review reflected the number of visitors around 15,000 across 61+ nations, this year the data goes upward at more than 65,000 visitors from 94+ countries. The monthly average of 5500 visitors is inspiring for a website which does not deal with the latest news contents. In fact on a single day in May, the counter clocked 4000+ visits !!! It is also true that we did not get the expected number of visitors in a couple of months. There are more than 330 articles as of now, related to the various aspect of the city and the adjoining tourist places. There are more than 100 pages which have received more than a thousand visit. The page on 'Funtasia Island Water Park' continue to receive the highest number of visitors. The visitors from India, as expected continue to lead with great margin as compared to any other country. The next countries are more or less within the same range. In last years assessment, we had mentioned about the absence of visitors from big countries like China, Brazil, Spain etc., however this year's list boasts of visitors from all these countries and many other countries also. Last year, the City of Joy, Kolkata had registered the highest number of visitors, which had surprised us. However, this year, Kolkata has registered at the third place, while Patna, long expected occupying the top slot followed by New Delhi.

There are number of inferences that can be drawn from the above stats. The most obvious is the number of people visiting the website from various parts of the world. This could reflect two things - either foreign tourists are visiting the website to get the required information they wish to get or a native of the city who has gone foreign and wishes to get the update about the city. Both aspects are strong as Bihar registers a high number of foreign tourists visiting the famous tourist sites of Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali etc. and fests like Sonepur fair and various Mahotsavas, and a number of natives go to foreign for working.  We hope that they got the required information. We could also see growth on our social media page on Facebook.

This year, we launched a new blog on Patna. The reason for starting the blog was the limitation on the number of photos that we could post on the website page. Though, it was not a mandatory limitation, yet putting so many photos on the website page could have severely jeopardize the performance of the page.  We therefore thought it otherwise better to put the photographs on a separate blog where one can see the photos with ease. One could visit the blog, www.patnaphotogallery.blogspot.com to view the photos of various tourist places in Patna. It has been getting small but gradually increasing number of visitors. A number of sections were added to the website like Top Weekly News where one could get the top stories about Patna from various newspapers at one place.

This year, we also witnessed a threat in a new form - Plagiarism. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as 'the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own'. An increasing number of websites which provide some information about Patna has been found of copying contents from our website. While some has copy-pasted the entire content, some have manipulated it a bit to show it as their own. There are also few other who have mentioned the source name while taking the content and we appreciate their effort. The theft of the contents without mentioning the source name is on rise. These unethical debauch practices, which are violation of the copyright act needs to be condemned and handled properly. We truly support of free flow of internet content for the public use, however unethical approaches needs to be differentiated.

Overall, we can say that the year has been mixed one - some excitement, some challenges and some threats. We continue to provide the relevant information on various aspect of Patna and the tourism aspect of the adjoining areas. We take this opportunity to thank all the visitors who visit the website, and all the fans on social networking sites who give us confidence to move ahead. We are hopeful of a fruitful third year of its long journey. We wish to grow the same way with your support. Please send your feedback/suggestions/complains at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . We will definitely consider your mail.

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[Dec 4, 2013]

A rally amid bomb blasts

 

The serial blasts in Patna has left the police and the administration bewildered. The explosions, it seems, were quite well planned and well executed. Planting improvised explosive devices at more than a dozen places and without getting caught has perplexed the authorities. It includes around ten timer devices planted at Gandhi Maidan, the venue of a high security rally, owing to the security threat to BJP's Prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The scale at which the terrorist outfit involved in this ghastly crime executed its plan requires looks grand. It must not have been possible for the organization to assemble all the things for this act in a day or two. The week was also marked with the visit of the President to attend the convocation ceremony of IIT. The police had claimed to make proper security arrangements. However, now this claims looks hollow as the serial blasts would have required more than couple of days to execute properly. The bomb blasts in Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya couple of month back is still in investigation mode. The blasts have created an atmosphere of fear and distrust in the city. However, the chain of events that kept on happening while the bombs were exploding at regular interval leaves much more to think and plan in future. Was there any standard protocol being followed during these crucial 3-4 hours of serial bomb blasting ?

Two decades back when serial bomb blasts had not much been heard of, the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Bombay (now Mumbai) shook the conscience of the citizen. On 12th March, 1993, a total of 13 explosions took place in various parts of the city. It claimed more than 250 lives and hundreds were injured, some of them critically. In a similar fashion, a series of explosions happened in Patna, though explosive used were of low intensity and casualties  fewer. Two decades later, the authorities were still clueless to handle the situation. This aspect became glaring after the Mumbai terror attack in 2011. The Patna administration was simply caught-off-the-guard to handle the situation. When the first explosion occurred at Gandhi Maidan, was any standard protocol followed in ensuring the lives of thousands of people assembled there? It has been reported that when the explosions were taking place in Gandhi Maidan, announcements were being made from the dais about it being a type bursts. Indeed, it was a very good announcement to contain the rumor which could have been resulted in stampede leading to casualties at much higher scale. But if the explosion would have been restricted to only one, then this could have been valid argument. What about the second, third, and other explosions? Does the argument of 'tyre burst' still holds good? The first explosion in Gandhi Maidan occurred at 11:40 AM and the next at 12:05 PM and the last at 12:25 PM with three explosions in between. Were the organizers sure that subsequent explosions will be also of low intensity and will cause one or two casualties ? The organizers and the administration also did not take any clue when people had started leaving Gandhi Maidan by themselves. It is here that the expertise of the body authorized to take decision at such crucial moments come into play. Whether the rally would have been allowed to continue or a phase withdrawal of the crowd would have been initiated after first or second explosions, is a debatable question. It bring much fear if one imagine had the intensity of the subsequent explosions been manifold, what could have been the scale of casualties. The rally continued amid bomb blasts. Does it indicate the power of democracy or a failure of the decision making body?

It clearly indicates a serious lapse in responsibility both on part of organizers and the administration. Who would have been responsible had any of the explosion been violent enough to claim scores of life? Were the authorities sure enough of the low intensity explosions that the rally was allowed to continue despite bomb blasts happening in different parts of the Gandhi Maidan? Saving stampede by announcing fake information can not be a criteria to not follow any strategy to evacuate the people from the Maidan when serial bomb blasts in the city has already been confirmed.

The Chaos outside Patna Junction

 

There are no two views on the chaos that prevails outside the railways station of any big Indian city. In fact chaos and station area has became synonym of each other over the years as far as the Indian context is concerned. But Patna junction area still has some distinctive features which put it apart from most of the other 'typical' station areas across India. No sooner did you step out of the station than you would witness a whole new different world of variety of aberrations that could easily disturb you for a moment. Luckily people tries to adapt themselves to the new situation quickly, or rather tries to get out of it as soon as possible. But wait, where is the way to go out of the station building? Everywhere people is sitting comfortable on the floor, as if the place has been designated by the railways authorities as waiting hall. No wonder, while the railways officials sip coffee in their air-conditioned rooms, people jostles their way out of the building. Curse yourself, if you travelling with huge luggage, because ultimately you have to carry it on your shoulder or head whatever you like. Even if your citizenship compels you to fight for your right and you happened to ask the sitting people to shift a bit to let you go, double curse yourself. Not only you will get a disgusted looks as if "Who the hell are you? When railways is happy, who are you to trouble us? Get lost !!", but their are also chances that you will land yourself in a brawl. Anyway, you heave a sigh of relief after coming out of the building.

On looking now, you get a fair idea of the surrounding area. Dozens of vehicles parked in front of the building, a big temple beyond them, a railways engine beside temple, innumerable number of people, hundreds of rick-saws and autos moving haphazardly and big hoardings - all confined within a small area. You are now formally welcomed to the Capital of the State. Such cumulative sights are rare, if not impossible to find. You could see how auto-drivers and rick-saw pullers are coercing their potential customers emerging from the side gates. The sight disturbs you and you decide that its better to take auto or rick-saw from the roundabout ahead of the railways engine. You move ahead with your luggage and soon found that the way is pretty much blocked by the vehicles parked ahead. Whatever remaining is congested with vehicles going outside and coming in. A sudden thought strikes you from your experience that at such congested places, underpasses must be existing. To your horror, you come to know that their are no underpasses anywhere near, and in fact nowhere in the city, whose population is above 1.5 million!!! You wonder whether people here are left to themselves to gradually evolve their skill of road crossing. So, you try to learn some skill by seeing your fellow passengers passing through this maze. If you are a quick learner then you are able to get ahead the parked vehicles in short time. You could now see a grand temple in front of you. You also realize that temple is full of devotees. Hardly have you moved a couple of steps ahead, when the straight view stuns you. A large number of people are trying to get inside the temple and there is complete chaos. The roads on either side is dotted with emaciated beggars, and their begging coupled with the sounds coming from the temple and the traffic bewilders you. The railways engine has become a place of littering and time passing for the beggars. Instead of arising a sense of pride, it only arises a sense of disgust at such mis-management. The only thing you could think at this moment is the logic behind the presence of the temple in such a close vicinity of the junction. Luckily, you bargained with a nearby rick-saw puller and now you are on rick-saw, happy at being sitted at such congested place. You get a better view of the area now. You can now see clearly as how the various type of vehicles are competing with each other on the encroached road. You could not find anything which suggests that their is something called management in that area. Hawkers have encroached the road up to middle and traffic police is standing helplessly in a corner. Suddenly, your attention goes on the roundabout. It has idol of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at its centre. You looked at the idol for the moment and concluded that Panditji seems quite hopeful of an emerging and peaceful India in this chaotic place. Your rick-saw tries hard to find the way but is stuck by the criss-crossing of other vehicles and zig-zagging the people. You are simply dumbstruck to see that this roundabout does not have a a single underpass or any over-foot bridge to let thousands of people going for the junction or the temple to pass through. You wonder is this sign of a capital? You could also see a large number of autos standing on the other side of the road in a cramped space and as a result encroaching the road till middle. You are quite depressed on seeing these haphazard activities because these are not a part of your life, but the people here seems to have very well adapted to these circumstances. Otherwise how could it has been possible to let the things turn from bad to worse. Nevertheless, your rick-saw has came out of the jammed traffic. You are relieved now, but suddenly a wonderful view catches your attention.

On inquiry, you got to know that it is a recently built Buddha Stupa and is known as Buddha Smriti Park. The administration has spend a considerable amount of money on the development of this park, you are told. You are also indeed impressed by its grand structure and the overall view. Your rick-saw passes by the park. But your thought remains stuck there on the logic of building of such grand stupa in front of the bustling junction, which otherwise could have been developed for parking zones, auto stands, wider road and pedestrian facilities.

[September 2013]

A battlefield called Patna University

 

The recent and unabated violence in Patna University (PU) campus has seriously thrown this question whether PU campus is a place of learning or a place of proving one's superiority ? Not only the college administration, but also the University officials have badly failed in checking the growing menace of disturbing student in the campus. If one goes by the newspaper reports during the past several month, one would find that most of the time, the news reflects the deteriorating condition of the Patna University in the 'extra-curricular activities'. There is no denying fact that PU is still the best university in the State, which attracts the brightest student in its vicinity. However, academic performance forms only a part of overall aspect of the university environment. The presence of peaceful and disciplined surrounding is an essential requirement of any university. Sadly, PU seems to be failing in the second criteria badly.

A few days back, a NIT Patna student who had gone to B N College for admission for his sister, was badly beaten by the hostel students. His only mistake was that he got into argument with a student over some issue, and that student happened to belonging to the hostel. Not only he was pulled from the admission room, but he was thrashed badly by scores of hostel student in a show of power. Not satisfied with this, the students went on to jam the road, which got cleared only after police intervention. What this all indicate ? Is college administration so weak that it could not provide security to outsider who has visited campus for some admission purpose ? Not many days back, another such incident was reported from the Patna College campus. A brother was beaten badly because he happened to oppose some hostel student who used to pass frivolous comment on his sister. The boy was thrashed in broad day light in the middle of the campus with scores of people watching but none daring to stop the power show of the hostel student. Surprisingly, the college has a police picket where there is round the clock presence of police personnel, and the incident happened barely 50-feet from it. Does these incident show that hostel students have became so much emboldened so as to challenge the college administration and the police alike, and both not doing enough to curtail their impunity ? The hurling of country made bombs or air firing by students in the campus during inter-hostel rivalry no longer astonishes public at large. The recovery of arms and ammunition from hostel rooms, especially from Saidpur group of hostel are taken with ease and normalcy. The classes disruption, road jams, window breaking, inter group fights etc. have became recurring events. The menace of ragging in the campus is so widespread that several anti-ragging squads are formed each year by the University administration, College officials and student union, yet the result remains the same. Sometimes, campus hostels also gets involved in pitch battle with each other due to encroachment over ragging territory. This happens despite the strict guideline from the highest court and the HRD ministry. This clearly indicates the 'Chalta hai' attitude of the officials who 'pardons' the ragging takers. This tendency only emboldens the ragging takers, and they do with impunity. These all indicates the deteriorating condition the PU campus.

Patna University has been a reputed university in the eastern India since its inception way back in the middle of the 19th century. However, recent unabated violence put blemishes on its record. It takes decades for an university to earn reputation, however it takes only a decade or so to lose it. It seems that PU is following the wrong way. PU needs to take strict action against these 'minor incidents', as officials label them, to establish a peaceful and disciplined environment in the campus. These incidents may be minor but they have larger bearing in the longer run of campus life.

[July 2013]

Think.Eat.Save @ Patna

 

The theme for 2013 World's Environment Day is "Think. Eat. Save". It is a unique campaign that is against food waste and food loss, and encourages billions around the globe to reduce their food-print. The food wastage across the world has been ever increasing and as per the recent estimate, there is wastage of 1.3 billion tons of food every year. This amount looks horrible when faced with another distorting fact that more than 20,000 children under the age of five die from hunger every day. One in every seven people on this planet go to bed hungry.

These fact, though very much convincing, are ignored by most of us considering it 'other region' issue. We fail to acknowledge that these report are world wide and our region is also very much represented in these figures. Do Patnaites wastes food ? On the surface, most will disagree. Some will also give explanation of poorer state- less food availability concept. But the truth remains as transparent as ever. The Indian marriages are considered most lavish and extravagant and so is true about our region also. Every year, thousands of marriage and related function like reception, tilak etc. takes place. Sometimes, hundred of marriage happens to occur on a single day. The normal tendency among the people on organizing side is to cook more food on such occasions than required to avoid any unpleasant situation at the end.  The normal tendency among the people who are eating is to fill up their plate to the fullest - not a single portion of the plate is to be left empty !! However, most of the people fails to eat what they have taken in their plate - courtesy the numerous items on the menu list. We hardly care about the food in the plate before putting it in the dustbin. The more the item on the list, the more is the wastage of food.

On every such occasion, roughly 10% foods ends up as "un-eaten". As most of the marriages happens to occur during the summer month, their chances of perishing increase many fold. By the late morning, the food becomes stale, and most of the remaining 10% ends up in garbage dumps. This is a huge wastage of food, considering the number of people who went to bed hungry on the previous night. People have tendency to considered the wastage as their personal loss. It is true, however, it is the community at large who has suffered the most. What can be the solution ? On one side, their is social stigma on food shortage at such occasions, on the other side their is wastage of food on surplus. Their can not be outright solution in this regard. However, the following can help in minimizing the food wastage :

  • There is need to raise awareness among the people to take only that much amount which they are capable of eating on such occasions. Taking too much at one one go and unable to eat in the last will only lead to food wastage. Tendency of over eating and free-riding must be shelved at the earliest.
  • The organizing party must try to limit the number of items on the menu. More item invariable leads to more food wastage. They should also not try to cook all the items in one go. Incremental approach can be implemented.
  • No one can be accurate enough. There is bound to be food wastage. However, one can minimize the actual food wastage if he takes care of the remaining food. These remaining foods can be distributed among the poor,beggars, house less etc. in the early morning. By taking simple steps, the cooked food can be preserved to stay fresh for 12 hours or so. One is always aware of where to find these kind of people.
  • Since most of the functions are now being held in hotels, therefore hotel owner should be aware of proper use of the waste food.

These step looks tough, but once undertaken they become easy. In certain cities, these are already being implemented by the collaboration of volunteers, NGOs, hotel-owners and individual members. In Mumbai, the famed Dabbawallas's campaign "Share my Dabba" of the unused cooked food has resulted in to feeding of 200,000 hungry children in Mumbai alone, which would otherwise have gone to bed hungry. The resources of the nature are limited, and its best to judiciously use the food we get, rather than wasting food unwisely.

[June 2013]

Patna and Sustainable Development

 

'Sustainable Development' is the buzz-word of the governments these days. Every development activity is somehow described as being sustainable, not aware how much actually it is. The XIIth Five-Year-Plan also puts a lot of emphasis on these key terms. So, is Patna, its administrators, and its people are really targeting any such thing, or its mere a concept which looks better only on documents, papers and in speeches ?

Patna is growing at a very fast rate. As it is expanding outwards, so does its getting compact from inside. Old houses are being pulled down to make way for the new apartments. The older house which used to be occupied by one or two families have paved for the apartments where more than a dozen families now live. The deep boring has became quite widespread in the apartment culture. The demand of electricity has multiplied many times. It looks a very nominal change if considered from the perspective of only one or two apartments. But, in realty, the hundreds of apartments that have came up or are coming up throws a very disturbing picture. The new people with new money has definitely enough to possess one of two four-wheeler, the bigger-the better in the show-off society. However, one thing that has remained constant is the adjoining road, somewhat encroached from both side. More apartment, more vehicles and the same road - all results in horrific traffic jams in certain areas of the City. The 1000 tonnes of garbage on a per day basis, without any plan for its disposal add woes to the city's concept of sustainable development.

The Brundtland Commission (1987) of the World Bank  has defined Sustainable Development as the "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This definition encompasses lot of things like - Clean air and water, Biodiversity, carrying capacity, participation, equity, cultural preservation, household needs and so on. The concept has became more important in the contemporary time when the threat of global warming is looming large.

So, where does Patna stands on these parameters ? If evaluated on a scientific scale, the result would be drastic. Lets take a laymanish approach to analyze the situation.

  • Talking first of the air quality that affects all alike, irrespective of class definitions. The 'Fast Growing City' tag has attributed to the aggravation of this problem. The quality in the city is going from bad to worse. The plying of out-dated autos and private vehicles on the city road with impunity is a common sight. The black and obnoxious fumes from exhaust pipes of these vehicles can brings tears to anyone behind it, except the administration. The City buses are another contributor to this problem. There is in fact no check on these vehicles. The number of vehicles are increasing day-by-day but so does the laxity of the Traffic department. This unabated problem surely contradicts the definition of sustainable development.
  • Water is a very scarce resources in the country. Patna is quite fortunate to have the river Ganga flowing beside it, which recharges its water table on annual basis. The fertile plain all helps in replenishing the depleted water table. But, till how long? The water table of the city has been going down at a fast rate. No steps has been taken in this regard. The City Water Supply has become a thing of past in many areas. Rather, the people have resorted to deep boring in their respective home. The apartment culture has contributed a lot to this issue. But, sadly, any strategy to conserve the rain water has been negligent. It is very difficult to find any big pond in most areas of the City. Rapid development has encroached the other smaller ponds. Water tankers has became regular feature in the summer. Old generation could not believe this sight in the once rich-water-table feature of the City. So, how water is going to be replenished. The virtual absence of any strategy will definitely make the future generation thirsty.
  • The city has another distracting feature - absence of parks. Barring a few which are famous, there is virtual absence of parks at the colony or community level. This indicates towards major city planning failure. How can a city can be developed without adequate parks? The parks not only acts as Oxygen-belts but also as refreshing places for all age of people. The city has been emerging as a concrete jungle, marked with complete absence of parks. The more worrisome is the negligence on part of administration. Whatever left earlier is now being converted into parking spaces. The striking example is the conversion of parks in Boring Canal Road, which existed from Boring Road Chauraha to Rajapul, into parking space and other activities in due course of time. It shows how we are choosing the future of next generation. Development is needed, but the tendency at the cost of nature must be halted.
  • The condition of roads are as dilapidated as ever, particularly that of the colony roads. While the hundreds of vehicles are being added every month, the same effort to expand the road is virtually absent. Result - jams at every junction during the day time, especially office-school hours. The absence of effective local transportation has forced to people to rely on private vehicles, leading to abrupt increase in the count of vehicles. A sort of effective transportation like metro or mono rail, coupled with strict check on the private vehicles can help in congestion. Any short-term patch-up work is liable to be failed in a very short time.
  • Where does the city's garbage goes and how it is handled - no one is worried or bothered to know about it. After all, city's outskirt are there for dump. But for how long? The failure to put a ban on polythene is another example of mismanagement. When the city does not have the capability to recycle the polythene wastes, and knowing the disastrous effect of it on land and sewage, a strict ban on the polythene is sought. But its a thriving business. Who wants to comprise present for the sake of future generation.

The list is too long to cover all the aspect. There are many aspects where city is far lagging when the term of Sustainable Development comes into picture. While it is much sought after term, yet its implementation is far from satisfactory. The non-participation of people and the reluctance of the civil societies add woes to the already aggravated problems. It will not be exaggeration to say that the World Bank definition, way back in 1987,  has still not reached in Patna. The sooner it reach, the better for the city and its present and future generation.

[April 2013]

The garbage dilemma of Patna Municipal Corporation

 

Who is responsible for the garbage collection and its disposal in the City ? Obviously, anyone will say, its the municipal corporation of the city, which here is the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC). In fact, it is, but delving into a bit dipper, it will show a different story. Though the Corporation is manned by the efficient bureaucrats of the State government, yet the recent judicial initiative taken by the Honorable Patna High Court throws a different light. Fed up with the same old replies of the cleanliness of the city by the PMC, the High Court Bench has even said that it would send its own team of lawyers to video graph the garbage problem in the City and the bring it to the notice of PMC and the state government. The bench comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Shivaji Pandey also criticized the two for their existing old and parochial work culture in a hearing in the beginning of the month. The Patna High Court has been virtually directing the PMC to go after the garbage during last few years, and, sadly, the bureaucrats has not even been following those directives.

The problem of garbage has acquired greater proportion in the city during last few years. As the time has progressed, the problem has aggravated, mostly due to apathy of the municipal corporation. While the City's population has grown considerably in the last decade, the corporation's approach and policy has remain as that of old times only. It is not uncommon to see piles of garbage lying in the very center of the City, say Station road or Maurya Lok Complex. The situation of newly developed areas can be imagined only. Though, PMC has repeatedly confessed before the Court of launching a new garbage and cleanliness campaign, yet the situation does not reflect the same, and within a very short span of time, the status-quo of garbage continues. Its also unique for the city, where Citizen sometime witnesses big Garbage truck competing with them on the ever narrowing road during the peak hours of the day. Imagine a biker's problem, who has unfortunately been stuck beside the foul-smelling these truck in a traffic jam while going for work !!! How will be his day ? The Court in this matter has repeatedly asked to follow the night shift for garbage collection to avoid any problem to citizens. The Bench even quoted that there is no much difference between 1994 and today in garbage collection, when it had taken cognizance of the issue for the first time.

The problem is much more worrisome than it look on the surface. The failure to collect all the garbage results in the accumulation of the garbage, which become the breeding centers of the mosquitoes and a meeting place for the dogs, pigs, buffaloes and cows. This not only affects the locals, but also gives a bad reputation for the City which is projecting itself as a metropolitan city. Some garbage finds their way in the drain, and bring havoc during the rainy season.  The presence of heaps of garbage on the corners of the roads sometime slows down the traffic movement. The initiative of the civic bodies to fine those who throw garbage on the road has not worked out clearly. The involvement of a private party- A2Z Infrastructure - for garbage management has also been a let down for the corporation.

Patna produce approximately 1000-tonne of garbage each day, and Corporation is definitely struggling to find a way to get all the garbage lifted up. Even more worrisome is the way, the garbage are handled once picked up. They are generally dumped beside the highways or By-Passes outside the City or in some empty areas in the vicinity of the City. The Corporation does not seems to have any plan for the proper disposal of the garbage. Taking an example, the Millennium Indraprastha Park of Delhi, which happens to be the longest park in Delhi, has came up on a huge sanitary landfill site which till the mid- 80s was meeting the needs of the City. A scientific approach towards garbage disposal and land reclamation has created this beautiful park. Has PMC  some plan of this sort for a city which is far short in the number of parks, and specially good parks ? The days does not seem far when one day, the neighboring vicinity people will come up against the garbage dumping in their locality, just like in case of Tiruvanthapuram, where the villagers in the vicinity of city's dumping ground came up against the Corporation in a violent way, leading to huge garbage heaping inside the City, troubling state government, municipal corporation, citizen alike, beside catching the attention of the nation.

The garbage disposal requires a scientific approach to deal with several social-economic aspect associated with it. A long term approach is very much required for the PMC, because as the city will expand in term of population and area, so does the quantum of the garbage and the conscience of the vicinity people where it will be being dumped. Without a clear cut strategy, the future for the PMC in garbage management will be very tough. It needs to come out from any dilemma, adopt the best practices existing in other part of the Country and abroad, and definitely shed its old-fashioned approach in garbage management.

[May 2013]

Save Kawar Lake Bird Sanctuary

 

The important but not so much known Kawar Lake Bird Sanctuary, situated in Begusarai district, is facing severe challenges from various quarters, which has started threatening very delicate balance of its ecosystem.  The wetland of National importance has been facing troubles due to continuous bird poaching, gradual shrinkage, nearby agricultural practices  and mismanagement on part of authorities. Its really tragic on part of the State where it is only one of its kind, to face such kind of apathy.

The wetland sanctuary has been famous for its multiple varieties of bird population, including the migratory birds,  which now is being threatened due to poaching of birds on a large scale. The hunting and killing of birds go unabated and the same is put on for sale in the nearby markets with impunity. The lack of awareness among the villagers and the poverty further exacerbate the issue. Due to continuous poaching, the number of migratory birds visiting the lake has been drastically reduced in the recent years. It is estimated that annually twenty five thousand birds belonging to different species  are killed, which is shocking. Not only the poaching, but also the fishing on large scale is forcing the birds to go elsewhere in search of foods. The agricultural activities around the lake pollutes the lake with its pesticides which finds their way in the lake. The growth of weeds and grasses in the lake has further enhanced its problem and eutrophication is causing its rapid decline. The encroachment on the wetland is also contributing to its decline.

Wetlands are considered as one of the most important productive ecosystem of the environment, which not only sustains the variety of flora and fauna but also the local communities. A study report by Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) suggests that 38% of India's wetland has been lost within a short span of only 10 years from 1991 to 2001. This fact may be well attributed to the Kawar lake bird sanctuary, though not on such a large scale. It is not that local communities are not aware its benefit accruing to them, but it is the vested interest of few, which unchecked from the authorities, is manifesting to others as well. The ill-trained staffs and lack of use of advanced equipment is also one of the major reason for its downfall. Though the awareness has grown among the villages due to the effort of certain groups, yet the result is far from satisfactory. The lack of alternative jobs also forces the locals to involve in such practices.

The existence of wide range of problems coupled with the lack of initiatives from the administration is really threatening the existence of the lake. As it has been seen world wide, wetlands dies a silent death due to negligence , and by the time the authorities wakes up, its too late to recover. Will the less known Kawar lake face the same even before getting noticed by the people of its own State ? It will be saved or not and taken care of or not - the answer lies in future, but the past trends and present actions have not been encouraging. Its time for the administration to take care of this valuable natural resource seriously.

[January 2013]

Patna, Republic day and its meaning

 

The Gandhi Maidan is abuzz with the activities of the Republic Day celebration, like any previous year. Grand scale preparations has been done - ground beautified & leveled, hoardings put in place, posters, banners, flags, pamphlet abounding the ground, landscape trimmed to suit, and so on. The celebration is itself grand - many dignitaries participating, thousands of volunteer and performers displaying their skills, and the colorful parade and displaying of rich heritage - all faces smiling and beaming with confidence - a scene that conveys the well being of the people at large. But is this really true ?

The Patna railways junction, some 2-3 km from Gandhi Maidan, is also abuzz with activities - but of a different kind. Hundreds of people are trying their hard earned skill to make their way towards their destination, crossing roads where no traffic discipline is followed, through the intrinsic chains of hawkers who captures whatever roads remains from traffic, the devotees lined for Mahavir Mandir, the poor beggars sitting on either side of the displayed railway engine outside the station - a complete chaos, mismanagement, dis-orderliness, poverty, frustration - all are prevalent within such near destination where a grand event is going on. This is the truth. (Chaos outside Patna Junction)

Its sad to see how such contrasting surroundings exists in close proximity on the same day and the same time. Why the administration which takes so much effort to beautify a place for only one day, fails to do even a part of it in the rest of the year ? The same place lay neglected for the better part of the year. The Republic day celebration displays the rich heritage of our culture and society, but how much we tries to conserve the same in our day to day life. The river Ganga, though worshiped, lay in highly degraded & polluted form - acting as a carrying medium of the city's sewage, wastes, garbage etc. The ghats are in dilapidated form. The City's traffic is notorious for its everybody'd own traffic rules -  bypassing, cutting and overtaking are the talent on has acquired over the time, courtesy the inability of the traffic police to regulate the official rules. Uncollected garbage dots the City, foul smell are inherent characteristics in few areas - not in the outskirt but in the very heart of the City. Cold is almost in the last stages, and hundreds of people have spent their nights on the pavements and open streets, as there are hardly any shelter homes. Under passes are unseen in the City, and zebra crossing non-existent.

It is, therefore, not strange that even a layman will blame for all these on the City administration. But, a society where their in no activism about itself - of its rights & powers, of its privileges and responsibilities, of its freedom and accountability, faces, no doubt, such situations. Are not the people equally responsible for the mismanagement of the City? Definitely, they are the people who breaks the traffic and other rules, throw garbage in the river and so on. So, where does the role of administration lies ? The role of administration lies in regulating its laws, rules and regulations, raising awareness about the people's participation, making innovative & out-of-box solution for the city management, giving proper autonomy to various agencies and making them accountable to public, and so on -  but sadly, all these things are missing leading to a chaos type situation within the city.

Republic day is a day when our Constitution came into force in 1950, which envisages the principles of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to its citizen and sought to remind of its underlying principle. However, the day's celebration involves many activities, parades, power display, pomp & show, only except the realization about the basic principles. A true Republic day can be celebrated only when the objectives of the Constitution is fulfilled to an extent where people and the society enjoys the fruits of an egalitarian approach by the State.

[January 2013]

A Year of Celebration @ go4patna.com


"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try " - Gail Devers (Three time Olympic champion in track and field for US)

It was exactly a year ago on 4th December, 2011 when this website was launched with a modest beginning and great expectations. Indeed it has been a great year for us during which we witnessed the moments of joy, anxiety and technical challenges. More consoling has been the fact that this website has lived up to the expectation with which it was launched, with continuous improvements being made in materials, contents and topics. It is therefore a heartening fact that visitors from more than a third of the World's Nations registered their presence on the website.

The website which roughly took four months to launch, with many glitches and interruptions in between was finally launched in the evening of Sunday, Dec 4, 2011. Work becomes tough when there are no appropriate information and those which exists are scattered here and there on the internet. This was the situation faced by us, however we tried our best to consolidate all the things by gathering appropriate information through personal visits and the best reliable sources. Nevertheless, the outcome has been satisfactory. During its inception year, many new contents were added and existing ones enriched, with greater focus on the facilities in the City. Simultaneously, we tried to consolidate all the tourists spots which are in close proximity of the City, so that a broad view can be gained while visiting the website.

During the year, more than 15,000 visitors have visited the website. And definitely, it has not been a matter of coincidence or false-landing on the pages of the website, rather the average visit duration being close to 150 seconds shows that the visit was purposeful, and they were rightly directed to the pages. The random search on the Google or any other search engines about the city has shown continuous improving ranking of the website on the search result shown, which further corroborates the depth of our content of the website. Though majority of the visitors has been from India, but is is heartening to see that people from 60 other countries did visit the website during the year, with visitors from USA taking the lead. However, the visit of people from countries like Romania, Nigeria, Belize, Serbia, Yemen, Finland , Venezuela etc. has really encouraged us and shown the presence of local people in these countries. But, there is complete absence of visitors from big countries like China, Brazil, Argentina, Spain etc. Within the country, the maximum visitors were from the city of Joy, Kolkata and not from Patna as we had thought. The presence of website on various social networking sites has really helped us a lot in spreading awareness about this website. The Facebook page - 'go4patna.com - Love You Patna' has close to 600 fans, and we are really thankful to them for their support.

The year's journey has not been on smooth path alone, rather we did encounter some glitches. The major problem occurred just after two months of its humble beginning, when out of nowhere, several problem occurred at the same time and forced down the website. It took us nearly a week's time before it could be restored  in original form. There were frequent shut down of the website due to Server's issue, however we tried  our best to keep it online throughout the year. Initially, due to heavy use of photos and attractive modules, the website developed significant lag time. So, we have to part away with many interesting photos and few modules to ease the page load time.

During initial days, very few visitor used to visit the website. But once it began to appear on the search result, visitors started visiting the website. Few article were readily picked up the visitor. Article on 'Funtasia Island'Water Park' has been a major hit, with it occupying the top position in the 'Most Read Article' section within a month of its publication. There were lot of search on Patna Municipal Corporation as well as Bihar Intermediate Board results.

It has been a year of experience and learning for us. Though, we do agree that there has been some delay in providing the latest news, but we want to re-iterate that this is not a news website in totality. We try to cover the broad socio-economic-political aspect affecting the City in long term, the focus has been on the various aspects of the city like tourism, infrastructure and so on. With beginning of a new year, we want to assure that we will try to go extra mile to achieve our targets in providing the full information about the City, Patna.

[December 2012]