PATNA: The empowered standing committee members of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday approved the proposal to transfer parts of its land to the urban development and housing department (UDHD) for the execution of Patna Metro Rail project.
The proposal was tabled at the 51st standing committee meeting of the PMC chaired by mayor Sita Sahu here in presence of municipal commissioner Himanshu Sharma and others.
The civic body has agreed to give no-objection certificate to hand over 3,866sqm of land Mithapur station, 587sqm at autorickshaw stand near Patna Junction, 29.4sqm and 3,192.64sqm at Mithapur bus stand and 598sqm near Zero Mile at Transport Nagar to the UDHD.
Sahu said the UDHD had earlier sent the proposal, seeking municipal land for construction metro stations, track and other works being carried out by Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC). In lieu, the civic body has asked for the same amount of land from the department, she said.
The PMC has passed the proposal to spend Rs 204 crore which was allocated under the Centre’s programme for combating air pollution and solid waste management and water supply management, by the 15th Finance Commission during the fiscal year 2020-21. Around Rs 20 crore will be given to transport department for the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and Rs 15 crore to the environment, forest and climate change department to upgrade the unorganised parks in the municipal area.
As per the plan, the parks will have benches, children rides, lights, boundary walls and food kiosks. Under the programme, the water bodies will be rejuvenated as the recreational area. The civic body will also procure sweeping machines, smog guns, mist sprayers and water sprinkler vehicles with an aim to improve air quality in the city.
A proposal for setting up a leachate treatment plant at landfill site in Ramachak Bairiya to overcome the problem of seepage during monsoon was also passed in the meeting. Leachate is the black, foul-smelling toxic liquid emanating from rotting garbage at landfills and it infiltrates down to irreversibly contaminate the groundwater as well.
“The civic body will now have one secondary garbage point each in all circles – Azimabad, Bankipore, Kankarbagh, New Capital, Patliputra and Patna City. There will be one secondary garbage point for 2-3 wards in order to keep the city clean. It will also help in segregation of solid and wet waste before they are dumped at the landfill site,” Sahu said.
Altogether 29 proposals were approved at the meeting, including installation of submersible pumps, high-yield borings, litter-picker machine, mini excavator machine, two animal crematoriums at landfill site and five crematoriums at ghats in Patna City and Digha.