New airport for the city at Bihta | Patna’s master plan approved by cabinet

Patna: The Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan which envisages development of a new airport for the city at Bihta, 35km from the state capital.

The cabinet move also paves the way for lifting the National Green Tribunal ban on the construction of buildings with built-up area of 20,000 square metres and more.
The state government is acquiring 128 acres of land for construction of a civil enclave for the new airport. The state government as well as the Indian Air Force (IAF) have given in-principle approval for civil aviation operations from the IAF airbase at Bihta.

Patna has in fact got a master plan after 33 years with its last master plan having been meant for the period 1961-1981. There have been no guidelines to regulate the urban growth since then. The state government had been in the process of drafting the master plan for nearly a decade. The process was expedited after the NGT on September 16 imposed a ban on construction of big buildings due to lack of a master plan for the city.

Sharing details of the master plan after the cabinet meet, principal secretary (cabinet secretariat) Brajesh Mehrotra said, “The Patna metropolitan region is spread over 1167.04sqkm.” The region stretches from the Ganga in north to Punpun in south and Fatuha in east to Bihta in west. The planning area is spread across 13 community development blocks, including Bihta, Danapur, Khagaul, Daniyawan, Danaura, Fatuha, Khusrupur, Maner, Masaurhi, Naubatpur, Phulwarisharif, Punpun and Sampatchak.

The cabinet on Thursday approved altogether 19 proposals of different departments, including the ones pertaining to the winter session of the legislature next month.The cabinet approved a proposal to up the outlay for the proposed interstate bus terminal at Bairiya on the Patna-Gaya road from Rs. 220.51 crore to Rs. 331.61 crore. It also okayed a tourism department proposal for development of three tent cities at Gandhi Maidan, Patna Bypass and Kangan Ghat at an estimated cost of Rs 48.54 crore.

 A state building construction department proposal to float separate tenders for construction of bungalows for legislators on Beerchand Patel Path was also approved.
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Source: TOI
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