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Letter for camp removal

The state government has urged the Centre to remove the CRPF camp office from Moinul Haque Stadium for renovation work.

Work on the stadium, in a bad shape, is expected to start in two-three months.

“The detailed project report (DPR) in connection with renovation of the stadium has been prepared and is set to get approved very soon. In the meantime, tenders have been floated for appointment of architects. Many firms from outside the state have applied. The department will shortlist and invite some to Patna for a presentation before the best can be chosen. In the meantime, the state has written to the Centre, requesting them to remove the administrative building of the CRPF’s 131st battalion from the stadium premises,” state art, culture and youth affairs department minister Vinay Bihari told The Telegraph on Wednesday.

But the state home department has not made alternate arrangement to house the office.

Principal secretary (home) Amir Subhani said they wanted the administrative building to be shifted. “We have failed to find a suitable place for them in Patna till now. The moment we get it, the administrative building will be shifted there,” Subhani said.

Of the sanctioned 1,200 CRPF jawans, only 150 function from the stadium. Others are deputed in Maoist-hit Jamui, Lakhisarai and Banka districts.


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