A Rs 224 crore project to build a residential colony for those displaced by the underground fire in Jharia has been initiated at Nipania in Baliapur block, 15km from Dhanbad.
Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (JRDA) floated e-tenders for the project on Monday for the colony that would be developed on a ground-plus-three model over 120 acre adjacent to Jharia Vihar Colony of Belgarhia where 1,136 families have already been rehabilitated.
The Nipania colony would be developed within three years of awarding a contract and was slated to be equipped with several amenities, including a hospital, post office, market complex, park and school, along with places of worship
Chief manager (civil) Sunil Dalela said that this was the largest tender issued by JRDA and the second to be issued through its website, www.jrda.in. The first e-tender was issued on December 9, 2011 for the construction of 2,000 quarters when Sunil Kumar Burnwal was deputy commissioner of Dhanbad.
On the Nipania project, Dalela said 6,000 quarters would be built. “Each block, or building, will have four floors and each floor will have four quarters. That means, a single block will have 16 quarters,” he explained.
The super built up area of the new quarters would be equivalent to two bedrooms instead of the single bedroom-sized quarters at Belgarhia.
The new colony will be third in Dhanbad under the Jharia Master Plan.