| Labourers work near the new residence of Nitish Kumar at 7 Strand Road in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
The job to finish the renovation work at 7 Strand Road, the new residence of former chief minister Nitish Kumar, is being carried out on a war footing.
On Sunday, the 11 Strand Road bungalow of former BJP MLC Ganga Prasad was allotted to Nitish.
Since the renovation of the 11 Strand Road bungalow was taking time, the chairman of the Legislative Council, Awadhesh Narayan Singh, re-allotted the 7 Strand Road bungalow, which was allotted to former JD(U) MLC Sanjay Kumar Singh and is occupied by Rajya Sabha MP RCP Singh, to Nitish.
“I have re-allotted the 7 Strand Road bungalow to Nitish Kumar from the central pool of building construction department on Monday evening. Earlier, I had allotted the 11 Strand Road bungalow but its condition was not in good shape and it will take a lot of time to renovate it,” Awadhesh said.
On Tuesday, the engineers of the department were found giving instructions on how to refurbish the bungalow to suit the taste of the former chief minister. The two-storeyed bungalow with eight rooms is spread over 2 acres compared to 1 Aney Marg’s 5 acres. The new bungalow has a guardroom and staff quarters.
At present, the bungalow has one gate but work on fixing the second gate was going on in fast pace. The pathway that will lead to the portico of the bungalow was also being constructed. The workers on job said it would take two to three days to complete it.
“The work is going on in full swing but increasing the length of the wall will take time. It would take at least two to three days. More than 35 people are involved in the renovation and construction work. Such work takes a lot of time but engineers of the building construction department have been asked to complete it as soon as possible,” said Nandu Bind, a worker.
Nitish is likely to shift to the new residence in two to three days. As of now, chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi would stay at his ministerial bungalow on 12-M Strand Road. The area has been cordoned off and security personnel have been deployed there too.
Even the official car of the chief minister was found parked inside Manjhi’s bungalow and people were allowed only after passing through the metal detector gate.