With Patna figuring in the new list of 30 cities for development as smart city under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart City Mission, civic body officials are hopeful that the city will finally get a facelift.
The draft proposal envisages several ambitious schemes for the state capital, particularly for Gandhi Maidan-Patna Junction area. The proposals include four-laning of road around Gandhi Maidan with cycle tracks, underground parking facility for 400 vehicles, development of multi-storeyed shopping complexes at New Market and solar panels on government buildings. Bankipore bus terminal near Gandhi Maidan is also proposed to be redeveloped.
Integrated command and control centre as well as intelligent solid waste management have also been proposed under pan-city solutions, which envisage application of selected smart solutions to the existing city-wide infrastructure.
“We took lessons from mistakes done in preparation of proposal for other cities in Bihar like Biharsharif, which could not make it to the Smart City list. Besides, we took cue from the proposals of other cities, including Lucknow and Bhubaneshwar. The proposal was prepared as per the guidelines prescribed by Union ministry of urban development. We also entered into agreements with several agencies like South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited, Indian Railways and Bihar Chamber of Commerce,” Patna municipal commissioner Abhishek Singh told TOI over phone from New Delhi on the sidelines of the national workshop on urban transformation at Vigyan Bhavan, where the third list of 30 cities inducted in Smart City Mission was announced on Friday.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) had initially selected Bhubaneshwar-based firm ARKITECHNO Consultants for preparation of proposal for development of the city under Smart City mission. However, the work was later reassigned to Support Programme for Urban Reforms (Spur) of urban development and housing department. The draft proposal was given final nod by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on March 2.
As per preliminary plans, an area of 865acres covering Gandhi Maidan-Patna Junction-R Block has been earmarked under area-based development. The solutions proposed under area-based development include development of shopping complexes, IT centre (near petrol pump at Kargil Chawk), cycle and jogging tracks, riverfront development and solar panels atop government buildings.
Apart from development of modern amenities, the concept plan has also proposed to form a heritage circuit, which would connect Golghar, Collectorrate, Patna Museum and Patna GPO. A two-km long footpath along with a track for motorised rickshaw is proposed to be developed along the heritage monuments in Patna Junction-Gandhi Maidan area.