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Wednesday , August 27 , 2014
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Cabinet seal on civic body bifurcation

The cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod for the creation of Patna Planning Authority on the lines of erstwhile Patna Regional Development Authority (PRDA), virtually splitting the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) for better civic services.

The 11-member body would be headed by urban development secretary. The 10 ex-officio members would include Patna district magistrate, municipal commissioner and sub-divisional magistrates of Danapur and Patna City. A post of town planner, who will be the chief executive officer, would be created. He/she would also be an ex-officio member of the body.

The Patna Planning Authority would look after the regulation of development works, including approval of building plans and maps, which is being looked after by PMC at present. Once the new body becomes operational, PMC would look after only basic services, including drainage, water supply and sanitation. Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, principal secretary of cabinet co-ordination department Brajesh Mehrotra said: “The authority has been created under the provision of the Urban Planning and Development Act, 2012 for the implementation of the Master Plan and building byelaws.”

The builders welcomed the decision of the cabinet. Sachin Chandra, state chairman of Builders’ Association of India, said: “The move will help the real estate business regain pace.” Besides approving the formation of Patna Planning Authority, the cabinet gave its nod to Bihar Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Act, 2014. The provisions of the act would be posted on public domain and after a month it would be implemented.

The cabinet also set a new deadline for issuing ration cards. According to the new decision, now they would be issued in 30 days. Earlier, the deadline was 60 days.

The cabinet released Rs 25 crore for upgrading the medical and nursing colleges at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences.

In another decision, it gave its nod for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the state government and the Union government for establishing a model rural health research unit, six multi-disciplinary research units and five viral research and diagnostics laboratories.

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