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Sunset symphony of lights over Maidan
- BSTDC selects agencies, starts to issue work orders for illumination of buildings

Patna, Jan. 18: The wait for a slice of Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights or New York’s Times Square in the state capital is set to get over with the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) issuing a work order to an agency to illuminate SK Memorial Hall in the Gandhi Maidan area.

Five buildings around Gandhi Maidan — SK Memorial Hall, State Bank of India (SBI), Biscomaun Bhavan, hotel Maurya and Twin Tower — had been selected for installation of LED lights as part of the beautification scheme.

BSTDC issued the work order on January 7, entrusting an agency with the task to illuminate SK Memorial with colourful LED lights. The work order for the remaining four buildings is likely to be issued in a couple of days.

BSTDC general manager Shailendra Kumar told The Telegraph: “We have selected the agencies and the process to issue work orders to them has begun. All work orders are likely to be issued in a couple of days.”

Navin Kumar, the deputy general manager of BSTDC, said: “The agency that has been entrusted with the task to illuminate SK Memorial Hall will have to complete the work in three months. The proposed LED lights would be on in the evening for several hours after sunset.”

Both the officials refused to identify the agency.

Shailendra said the selected agencies would provide the infrastructure for the proposed illumination arrangements, including the LED lights and wires, and the tourism department would pay the bills for the services. “For the buildings that are owned by the state government or other public sector authorities, the bills will be paid by the respective government agency,” he added.

Hotel Maurya and Twin Tower, situated on the southern side of Gandhi Maidan, are owned by private parties, whereas SK Memorial, SBI and Biscomaun Bhavan are public sector buildings. According to sources, the colours of LED lights would match the colour of the respective buildings.

For instance, the colour of LED lights on SK Memorial is likely to be red. Those for Biscomaun Bhavan can be white.

“The concept of installation of LED lights on prominent buildings across Gandhi Maidan is a noble initiative. We were recently invited by BSTDC to participate in a presentation made by two agencies for arranging LED lights on prominent buildings across Gandhi Maidan and Ganga Ghat. The presentations were very impressive,” said Shailendra P. Sinha, the owner of Maurya hotel.