PATNA: The proposed ‘Bapu Minar’, or Bapu centenary tower that was originally planned to be constructed on the Bihar Vidyapeeth premises, will come up on a government land at Gardanibagh in Patna instead.
An announcement in this regard was made by state building construction minister Maheshwar Hazari and department’s principal secretary Chanchal Kumar recently.
“The tower is proposed to be nearly 100 feet tall, but we will re-consider its height in view of the fact that the new site is close to the city airport,” Kumar said.
He said the site would be of two to three acres as it would also need an area for visitors. The tower will have six to seven storeys with amenities, including temporary and permanent exhibition halls and a seminar hall, on the top floor.
Meanwhile, Kumar said the agency which had been awarded the contract for expansion of the Patna high court has been removed and a new agency would be assigned the task soon. Funds to the tune of Rs 169.5 crore have been allocated for the expansion project. “The work will resume in two months,” he said.
Also, the Bihar Police Bhavan on Bailey Road will be inaugurated in next two months. “The project got slightly delayed owing to certain issues related to procurement of construction material,” Kumar said and added funds to the tune of Rs 388.22 crore were spent on the police building project.
Besides, a DPR for the Buddha Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya, a proposed world-class theme museum at Vaishali, will be sent to the Archaeological Survey of India for approval within a month. The museum will house the holy relics of Lord Buddha that are currently kept at the Patna Museum. An estimated Rs 301.4 crore will be spent on constructing this museum.
Funds to the tune of Rs 928.9 crore have also been approved for development of multi-storey residential buildings for judicial and administrative officers on 14.5 acre and 13.16 acre-plots at Gardanibagh in Patna. Bseides, around 10 acre land has been allotted to develop Prakash Punj at Patna City.