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Patna, Mar 16: Patna will be developed as a world class city with satellite towns, highrise buildings, expressways and wetlands on the lines of metropolitan cities by 2021. Making a powerpoint presentation on the final Master Plan of the city here yesterday, Deputy Director (Architecture and Planning) of the state Urban Development department A K Rai said the Patna of today (140 square km) will be developed into a metropolitan city spread over 330 square km. A new township of ''Greater Patna'', bound by 200 feet and 120 feet expressways on the four sides with cluster of highrise buildings, following all the norms of disaster management, on the south and west of Bypass Road, from Fatuha to Bihta, will also be developed. He maintained that another 15 square km township-cum-commercial hub, housing mainly the IT sector, would be developed on the new land made available by the receding Ganga from Rajapur Pool to Digha Ghat. Highlighting the salient features of the Master Plan, he said the city will have its own Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS) inspired by Delhi metro-railway, Marine Drive alongside Ganga river like the one in Mumbai, flyovers at Exhibition road Dakbunglow Chauraha Income Tax Golambar and Boring Canal road on the lines of flyovers in Kolkata to avoid traffic snarls and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the overhauling of drainage to avoid water logging in low lying areas during inclement weather. The DPR would be sent to the Centre by June 2008 for fund allocations under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM), he said. He also added that the motto of the Master Plan was not to change or alter the infrastructure of the city by demolition drive but to shape the city by converting it into planned development areas as per the norms of the Community Development Programme (CDP) by providing better infrastructure to the denizens like proper sanitation, urban drainage management, multi-storied parking lot in commercial hubs, for beautification of the state capital. ''The Master Plan is a micro-level vision document to shape the growing structure of the city with the optimum utility of the funds sanctioned by the government for urban development,'' Mr Rai maintained. He also elaborated on the features in the Master Plan to solve the problem of waterlogging by developing lagoons and wetlands alongside low-lying areas and constructing powerful pumping stations to drain out the water through centralised mechanical means. He also added that the wetlands and lagoons could be used for commercial recreation and farmlands to develop a green land on the outskirts making the state capital eco-friendly.

Patna: recent reports in the Patna dailies carried news about the formation of "Bihar Metropolitan Committee' as part of a master plan, involving expansion of the Bihar capital as far as Sonpur and Masaurhi. Bihta too is expected to belong within the metro area. Indications are that even other districts may contribute to the metro once the master plan is finalized. According to reports, a consultancy agency from Gujarat has been hired to advise the government.

As part of a mega-strategy, the master plan also involves towns like Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Ara, Bihar Sharif, Rajgir and Chhapra. In a related report earlier, we also mentioned the elaborate plans of the Ganga Basin development Authority to develop towns all along the banks such as Patna, Begusarai, Hajipur and Buxar.

Dr Prem Kumar, the minister for urban development will be the chairman of the metropolitan committee, which will include secretary level officials from the construction, finance and other departments which are likely to play indispensable roles in the master plan formulation and implementation.

Patna: The Rail -Road Bridge connecting Digha and Sonepur is expected to be operational by 2017. The Bridge connecting Digha Ghat of Patna and Pahleja Ghat of Sonepur would be the second such structure after Rajendra Setu near Barauni. Recently, GM of ECR Mr. Madhuresh Kumar hinted that the bridge is likely to get operational by 2015, but sources contradict it after witnessing the slow pace of work.

The bridge, with a proposed length of 4.5km over Ganga, would be a boon for the people of Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Chhapra, Siwan, Gorakhpur and other districts of north Bihar, as they would not have to take the Gandhi Setu to visit the capital.

The initial Cost of the Bridge Construction was Rs. 1,38,9 Crores, out of which Rs. 240 Lakhs were spent on Survey alone. An IRCON official said on condition of anonymity that the cost may go up to Rs 3,000 crore till the time the project is completed.

Technically, it will be K-Truss Bridge with 39 pillars and a total length of 14998 ft The total length of construction, including approaches, would be 20 km.

The Bridge has been one of the worst victims of Regional Politicking. In 1996, survey work for the proposed bridge was initiated by the Railways at three possible sites — Digha-Sonepur, Gulzarbagh-Hajipur and Ict Ghat-Sonepur. Ram Vilas Paswan was then the Union Railway Minister and he lent his support to the Gulzarbagh-Hajipur site, as Hajipur was the constituency from which he was elected.

Lalu Prasad Yadav, then Chief Minister of Bihar, lent his support to the Digha-Sonepur site. In the wake of the conflicting support of the political heavy weights, disturbances broke out at Sonepur. One person was shot dead. Many experts opined in favour of building the rail bridge adjacent to the Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the road bridge connecting Hajipur with Patna. However, political opinion prevailed and the Digha-Sonepur site was selected.

The bridge was finally sanctioned during the term as Union Railway Minister of Nitish Kumar, the present Chief Minister of Bihar. The scope of work was expanded when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Union Railway Minister.

PATNA: Yet another glamorous project of Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) started taking shape on Tuesday when the work for about 12km-long 4-lane elevated road corridor between AIIMS and Digha in Patna was awarded to a construction major.

Once completed, the road will provide much relief from the traffic congestion in the city, particularly on the narrow Ashok Rajpath as it would be connected with the Ganga Path at Digha end. Eleven construction firms took part in the bidding, which was aggressive as well as close. The project was awarded to M/s Gammon India Ltd which quoted the lowest bid of Rs 717.14 crore.
"This project is for the construction of 2-lane semi-elevated and 4-lane elevated highway over Patna canal as approach road of rail-cum-road project across the Ganga at Digha. The length of the elevated road is 11.9km," said BSRDC managing director Pratyaya Amrit in whose presence the tenders were opened.
The starting point of the project is 6.8km of NH-98 near AIIMS and the end point is at the junction of Ganga Path. It will have 2km of 2-lane semi-elevated and 9.90km of 4-lane elevated roads. The BSRDC had projected Rs 1,289 crore as the total cost of the project. Among the major bidders included L&T, Punj Lloyd, HCCL and Navyuga Engineering. A few months back, Navyuga was awarded the Ganga Path project work which is scheduled to commence on October 11.
The elevated road project will have major crossings at Bailey Road and Ashok Rajpath and will have connectivity with important places like Danapur railway station, proposed Patliputra railway station and AIIMS. Besides, it will also have connectivity with the Ganga Path and one railway bridge at Khagaul (Patna-Delhi) line. One minor bridge will also be linked to this project which is scheduled to be completed in three years from the start of the work.
Gammon India is already working on some projects in the state, including the state highways 69, 70 and 91 besides Muzaffarpur-Hajipur road, Ara-Buxar road, Munger bridge and Baluaha bridge. Some of these projects have been delayed, admitted company's regional office vice-president B K Singh. He said the delay was due to land acquisition and other issues. "Almost all companies are facing these problems due to government policy," he added.
Amrit said since this is one of the prestigious projects, the BSRDC will strictly monitor the schedule of the work and keep a close vigil on other related issues to ensure that the firm maintains the deadline.

PATNA: With chief minister Nitish Kumar laying the stone of the Ganga Path on Friday, Patnaites can expect deliverance from hellish traffic bottlenecks in the coming few years.

Kumar rechristened the 21.5km-long Digha-Deedarganj high-speed corridor as Loknayak Ganga Path as the stone-laying ceremony coincided with Jaya Prakash Narayan's birthday on October 11.

The Rs 3,160-crore project is being executed by Navayuga Engineering Company (NEC) under Engineering Procurement and Construction mode, a first in the state, with HUDCO providing a loan of Rs 2,000 crore for the venture. "This is the first phase of the project. If all goes well, the Deedarganj plank would be linked to Bakhtiarpur-Tajpur bridge and on the western side to the Ara-Chappra Ganga bridge," Kumar said, expressing happiness that the project took shape despite the fact that private players were not willing to invest in it.

Also referred to as the Marine Drive of Patna, the state-of-the-art expressway would have facilities such as noise barriers, medical-aid posts, fencing, vehicle-rescue post and foot overbridge. "The expressway would ease traffic congestion in the state capital and, also, people would come to see and admire the infrastructure," said Kumar.

Recalling his school days, the CM said when the Rajendra bridge was inaugurated at Mokama, his father took him to see that. "That view is still etched in my memory," he said.

Underlining the import of road, rail and communication connectivity, Kumar expressed the hope that the people would not be forced to migrate out of Bihar if more infrastructure and industrial development took place in the state. "I have also written to the Union finance minister to alter Bihar's proportionate share in the central schemes in the light of the Raghuram Rajan committee report," Kumar said and urged the NEC officials to hire locals for the construction work.

A short film on the proposed expressway was also screened on the occasion. The CM also inspected the project model put on display for the occasion.

Terming the expressway as the biggest project of the Bihar State Road Development Corporation, its MD Pratyaya Amrit said the four-lane road would come up in four years. "Despite several hiccups it faced since we mooted it in 2006, the project is well on track and the land acquisition process has already started," he said.

Also present on the occasion were Digha MLA Poonam Devi, Raghopur MLA Satish Kumar, Gaura Bauram MLA Izhar Ahmad, chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha, East Central Railway GM Madhuresh Kumar and NEC MD C Shreedhar.

Much awaited construction work of Bihar's mega project the Ganga Expressway along the banks of the river here on the lines of Mumbai's Marine Drive, is all set to begin in November this year, Bihar Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav said on Tuesday.

"We hope that construction work will begin in November" Yadav said.

Yadav said that the tender had been floated and all formalities would be completed by June-end.

"The government had already begun process to speed up completion of all formalities to start construction work," he said.

The state government has decided to construct it with financial assistance from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).

“HUDCO has agreed to provide Rs 2,000 crore (Rs 20 billion) as loan for construction of Ganga Expressway to Bihar government” an official in chief minister office said.

Early this year the state government has sought financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank for its ambitious project. “HUDCO has come forward to provide financial assistance for the project,” the official said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been taking keen interest in the project after it failed to attract private investors under Public-Private Partnership model.

According to officials of road construction department, tender has been invited for the project till May 20 and final selection will be made on June 24 this year.

Early this year, the state government had decided to construct the project on its own. “Due to global slowdown, private investors failed to come forward for the project, the state government's own agency will construct it now” Yadav said.

In August last year, the state government had approved the much-awaited 21.5-km long Deedarganj to Digha Ghat Ganga Expressway project.

The government also cleared the decks to acquire over 200 hectares of land for the project. The estimated cost of the project would be Rs.2,234.46 crore (Rs 22.34 billion) and is likely to be completed within four years.

Residents will have something more to feel good about apart from seeking the blessings of Goddess Durga on Saptami.

On Friday, when pandals would be thrown open for public viewing of Durga idols, the work on the ambitious 21.5-km-long Ganga driveway would also begin. The pathway would connect the west-east ends of Patna.

The foundation stone of the project, which would be executed at a cost of Rs 2,234.46 crore, would be laid on Friday. The highway would bring down the commuting time drastically between the two ends of the city.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar will lay the foundation stone at the starting point, Digha Ghat near rail-cum-road bridge, at 11.30am. This would be the western-end of the ambitious project.

Road construction department secretary Pratyaya Amrit said: “I am happy that the driveway dream has finally come true. It is the mother of all projects. The road would be a matter of great pride for Bihar.”

The proposed driveway along the southern banks of the Ganga, being developed on the reclaimed land of the river in Patna, would reduce travel time between Digha Ghat and Didarganj in the east from two hours to just 25 minutes. It would also ease the traffic congestion on the city road network. The driveway will have facilities such as pedestrian lanes, landscaping, truck lay-bys, bus bays and shelters, traffic aid post, medical aid post and vehicle rescue post.

Hyderabad-based Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd has been awarded the driveway construction work. It is being constructed under the engineering procurement construction (EPC) mode. Under the mode, the government provides the funds and the agency, which takes up the work, is paid according to the construction carried out by it.

“There would be no compromise on quality and deadlines. If the company doesn’t complete the work within the stipulated time frame (four years), action would be taken according to the terms and conditions mentioned in the agreement,” Amrit said.

C. Sridhar, the managing director of Navayuga, said the company would complete the project much before the August 22, 2017, deadline.

The Detailed Project Proposal for Patna Metro Railways shall be finalized by December 2013. It is being prepared by RITES Ltd, a subsidiary of Indian Railways. The work on DPR preparation started in the month of July.

According to Abhay Negi, DGM of RITES Ltd, the project would be designed keeping in mind the requirement of Population of Patna in next 100 years.

Patna Metro is expected to run by 2016-17 By 2051, the local population of Patna is expected to cross 36 Lakhs and the Metro is expected to provide the Facility of Transport to over 10 Lakhs of People.

“Currently, public transport is only 12% of the total vehicular movement. The proposed metro rail would cover 50-70% of traffic in peak hours, if integrated with the para transit modes of transportation”, Abhay Negi was quoted saying in an conference organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce, Patna Chapter.

Experts at the Conference also discussed the ways to handle the ever growing traffic of Patna and several solutions were proposed.

“Road surface improvement, signalized intersections, putting in place circulation plans such as one-way streets or vehicular segregation, traffic calming techniques, developing and barricading footpaths and foot overbridges and establishment of a single-window traffic management centre can cater to many problems,” said Ishita Chauhan, an urban transport expert, Institute of Urban Transport, adding that a cost-effective and systematic public transport system was the need of the hour. “Since Patna is a longitudinal city, a one-kilometre radius zone on the arterial roads would cover the entire city,” she said.

The project of Patna Metro was first envisaged in 2011. The 30 km long Project will be based on Public-Private Partnership. The project’s total cost would be about 8000 Crore. The entire Metro System would be elevated. On June 11,2013, Bihar cabinet approved the proposal to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for Metro train service in Patna. Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) was selected for the purpose. The Government further sanctioned 2.52 crore as consultancy fee to RITES.

The Inaugural Run of Patna Metro Rail is expected by 2016. It would have two corridors.

• Corridor 1 (15 km): Saguna More-Bailey Road-Dakbangalow Chowk-Frazer Road-Gandhi Maidan Marg

• Corridor 2 (25 km): Danapur-Digha-Kurji-Raja Pul-Gandhi Maidan Marg-Ashok Rajpath-Agamkuan-Didarganj (Patna City)

The government also plans to construct a third Metro line from Patna Junction to Digha Ghat passing through the heart of the city.

Primarily rural and agro based, the state Government initiated an urbanization plan for Bihar in August 2006.

A Rs 160-crore beautification plan was chalked out for Patna in 2006. The Patna Master Plan envisages that by 2021, there will be a total transformation of the city with 8014.70 hectares of residential spaces and 514.9 hectares of commercial spaces.

Residential property development in Bihar will be encouraged by the Plan’s recommendation to develop Maner and Fatuha as satellite towns and also develop Hajipur and Sonepur in order to shift the population pressure from Patna.

Commercial property in Bihar is beginning to take off with the first mall-cum-multiplex to be completed by 2008. With improved lifestyles, new city clubs in Patna are sporting an underground bar, a swimming pool, restaurant, health club and guest rooms with five-star facilities. Golf Club has a Rs 1.5-crore renovation plan to spruce up its premises.

In the hospitality segment of commercial property in Bihar, old palaces – the Rizwan Palace and Sultan Palace in Patna are being converted to heritage hotels. Plans are also on to build an international convention center on a 10-acre land at the cost of Rs. 5 crore.

The Patna Master Plan also lays stress on development of five industrial growth zones and 10 small economic zones across the state for uniformity in development Gaya, the new destination for domestic and international tourists has an airport being developed and upgraded to handle international flights, Gaya is expected to boost its revenue from the tourism sector very soon. Many new hotels have come up in and around Gaya to accommodate the growing tourist traffic.

The state government has drawn up a mega plan for the Buddhist heritage sites in the state, with a special focus on Nalanda. Apart from setting up an international university, the government will build a tourist park of international standards, a golf course and a township at Nalanda. Similar projects are planned for Bodh Gaya. Two new luxury hotels and an 18-hole golf course are being proposed.

With the popular belief gaining ground that “if India has to succeed, Bihar has to prosper” and the state administration promising a safe investment environment, real estate in Bihar is full of opportunities.

Cities of Bihar

Araria Madhepura
Aurangabad Madhubani
Banka Munger
Begusarai Muzaffarpur
Bhagalpur Nalanda
Bhojpur Nawada
Buxar Patna
Champaran Purnia
Darbhanga Rohtas
Gaya Saharsa
Gopalganj Samastipur
Jamui Saran
Jehanabad Sheikhpura
Kaimur (Bhabua) Sheohar
Katihar Sitamarhj
Khagaria Siwan
Kishanganj Supaul
Lakhisarai Vaishali