The city is entitled to get Rs1,000 crore over a period of five years from the Centre as well as the state government as its share for the redevelopment of selected areas with smart civic facilities. The Centre, however, has given two years’ extension for completion of the projects.
The six completed projects include a mega screen (75x42ft) installed at Gandhi Maidan at the cost of around Rs7 crore, rejuvenation of Adalatganj pond, remodelling of 1.25-km-long Beerchand Patel Path, wall art or painting for social awareness, integrated solid waste management system and integrated control and command centre (ICCC).
According to PSCL officials, work would begin soon on more projects as many of them were in the final stages of the bidding process. The bidding has been issued for almost 40 projects while 31 are on work order stage.
Patna Municipal Corporation’s commissioner-cum-MD of PSCL, Himanshu Sharma, told this newspaper that the mega screen was already launched whereas 1.5 lakh residential and commercial buildings are equipped with QR (quick response) code for door-to-door garbage collection. “Under the integrated solid waste management project, a mobile application has also been launched to ensure that the garbage should be collected from every household. All he vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking system. This project cost up to Rs14 crore,” he said.
“Adalatganj pond was also ready with laser show and musical foundation. The ICCC worth Rs16 crore has also been completed to monitor a host of services and activities in the city. The other projects under construction include modernised bus stops at 10 places in the state capital for halting autorickshaws, e-rickshaws, mini and city buses among other public vehicles, jan sewa kendra, happy street and Mandiri Nullah, among others,” Himanshu said.
He added: “The work on more projects under the PSCL will begin in the next couple of months as issues related to them has been resolved”
Projects like a 5.5-metre-long overbridge between the multi-level car parking and Station Road flyover, multi-modal transit hub, subway, railway station area redevelopment project and rejuvenation of Bakarganj nullah among others.