| The crematorium at Barari Ghat in Bhagalpur. Picture by Amit Kumar |
The Bhagalpur Municipal Corporation (BMC) has lined up a slew of measures to improve public services and beautify the city.
Plans are also afoot to spend around Rs 172 crore to improve the condition of the Ganga ghats on the lines of the famed Marine Drive in Mumbai and revamp the crematorium.
BMC mayor Dipak Kumar Bhubania said: “The state government has decided to develop 27 ghats on the lines of Mumbai’s Marine Drive. We plan to keep the river pollution-free and enable solid waste management.”
He added: “A high-level meeting would be conducted on January 17. Experts and officials concerned would discuss the blueprint of the projects. Tender for the works would be published in June. Apart from schemes like construction of drainage systems in some localities, other public welfare works would be included in the project.”
The mayor said: “Of the approved Rs 171,29,20,385, an electric crematorium at Barari cremation ghat would be constructed at Rs 15.7 crore. The earlier one is defunct after the river current damaged a major portion of the crematorium in the late-1990s. Around Rs 65 crore would be spent on beautification and renovation of the ghats. Community halls, toilets, stairs, changing rooms, electric lights and others would be constructed.
Bhubania said the Centre would foot 70 per cent of the expenditure and the state government would provide the remaining. He said the Bihar government has already sent the detailed project reports (DPRs) prepared by the agencies concerned for final approval to the Centre. “We hope that by June 2014, after a green light from the central government, the tender process for the projects would be published,” he said.
Non-metalled roads like Radha Rani Singh Road and Dickson Road would be cemented into metalled ones, and a proper drainage system would be built from Dickson Road to Kora via Isakchak at Rs 6 crore.
Bhubania said: “From April 2014, Bhagalpur residents would have a city bus service. The secretary, town development department, Bihar, has told him that the government would provide the transport facility. The government has already ordered 72 buses from Tata Motors. All the buses would have global positioning system (GPS) and would be monitored from the Patna headquarters and the BMC would look after the movement of the buses. People would be able to enjoy service till Kahalgaon, Naugchia and Sultanganj.”