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Monday , February 25 , 2013
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Market, commercial hub facelift soon

Mauryalok Complex and the Station Market area would get a facelift soon. Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) has invited bids for preparing feasibility and detailed project reports for their image makeover.

Initially, Patna Municipal Corporation was supposed to handle the redevelopment-cum-beautification of Mauryalok Complex, an asset of the civic body. But after the ambitious plan remained pending for almost a year, BUIDCo decided to go ahead with it. It invited the bids for the projects on February 5.

Renowned architect Hafeez Contractor has prepared the preliminary project report (PPR) for the redevelopment of Mauryalok Complex. It is awaiting nod from the PMC board.

The owner of this complex was erstwhile Patna Regional development Authority , now a part of the PMC.

“The firm to be selected for the redevelopment of Mauryalok Complex would prepare the master plan and detailed project report (DPR) based on the PPR prepared by Contractor. According to our proposal, the complex would be redeveloped in public-private partnership mode,” said a BUIDCo official.

Mauryalok Complex — one of the most popular commercial hubs of the city — has 300 shops and 100 offices of the central as well as the state governments. Though the complex is the headquarters of the PMC, it is in a bad shape in the absence of maintenance.

Mauryalok Shopkeepers’ Association president Rajesh Kumar on Sunday demanded fast implementation of the redevelopment-cum-beautification plan for the complex. “The civic body has been collecting taxes from us under the maintenance head but we have not seen any renovation work at least over the past three decades. We have also learnt that around Rs 45 lakh was withdrawn over the past seven years for maintenance but no work was done,” said Rajesh.

BUIDCo has conceptualised an ambitious plan for decongestion and beautification of for the redevelopment-cum-rehabilitation of the Station Market area. The DPR would be prepared based on it.

“The contract for both the projects is expected to be awarded by the end of March. The selected firm would be given three months for conducting the feasibility study and furnishing the DPR,” said the BUIDCo official.