Besides, people are forced to live in cities filled with garbage, he claimed.
To drive home his point, Surjewala adressed the press conference on the road in front of Patna GPO, located in the heart of the city.
"Right behind me is the land where a beautiful complex was to be built but it is now being used to dump garbage. If this is the situation of the state capital, we can imagine the deplorable condition of other towns and cities of the state," he told reporters.
Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera, party MLC Prem Chandra Mishra and state Congress spokesperson Rajesh Rathor were also present at the press meet.
Referring to Centre's 'Swachhata Survekshan 2020', the Congress leader said that Patna ranked at the bottom in the list of 47 cities with over 10 lakh population.
Of the 382 towns and cities having a population between 1 to 10 lakh, Bihar's 26 towns were among the dirtiest, Surjewala said.