Patna. After getting the green signal from the Supreme Court, the way has been cleared for the construction of the Collectorate Building in Patna. Removing the two-year ban on the construction of new buildings of Patna Collectorate, the Supreme Court has dismissed the petition, approving its construction. In fact, the petitioner had filed a petition in the Patna High Court for a stay on its construction when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation stone of the new building. Calling it a heritage building, the petitioner had banned its demolition. After this, the High Court constituted the Urban Heritage Commission and got it investigated and then rejected the claim of the petitioner and allowed the construction work to start in the year 2020 itself.
Later, the petitioners went to the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s decision and got a stay on it. After one and a half years, the Supreme Court has given green signal to build the Collectorate building and now the construction work will be done.
INTACH Institute had demanded protection of the old building
Let us inform that this organization named INACT had said that this 200-year-old building is a historical heritage. It was built by Dutch traders in the 19th century, so they demanded its protection. After getting the order from the Supreme Court, Patna District Magistrate (DM) Chandrashekhar Singh expressed happiness and said that now the wait of officers and personnel will be over because this collectorate will be completely hi-tech. He told that and its tender has also been done long ago.
The new Collectorate building of Patna is to be constructed at a cost of 153.53 crores. Its tender has been done two years ago, it will have a parking arrangement for 445 vehicles and it will be an earthquake resistant building with modern design. Even before the construction of the new building, other offices including the sub-divisional office have been shifted to another place. At the same time, the District Magistrate’s Office (DM Office) in Hindi Bhawan is running immediately. Although there is no plan to demolish Vikas Bhawan, that is why DDC office is running in Vikas Bhawan itself.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 14, 2022, 15:10 IST