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Civic facilities push

Patna: The cash-strapped Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to spend more money on creating public facilities in 2018-2019.

It has fixed a target of Rs 792 crore income generation and expenditure target of Rs 865 crore, mayor Sita Sahu said after the civic body's standing committee meeting on Thursday.

The corporation, she said,will generate Rs 216 crore income through its internal resources, and the rest through government funds.

The standing committee's meeting approved a tour for a team of three-four ward councillors who would visit other cities and see the functioning of municipal corporations there. The team's suggestions would be incorporated in the PMC's action-plan, Sahu said.

The meeting also approved a survey for installing streetlights and okayed Rs 50 crore for an interstate bus stand at Bairiya.

"The standing committee also approved the proposal of awarding maintenance related work of toilets under Kankerbagh circle, which are being run under the civic body, to a Calcutta-based company," Sahu said. "The company would charge people for using the facility, while it has to pay Rs 30.88 lakh to the municipal corporation yearly. Creation of 10 new public toilets in Patna was also approved in the meeting. The other decisions include creation of boundary walls on the PMC's land to protect it from encroachment.

"The road construction department has sought no-objection certification for constructing elevated roads in various points in the city," she added. "It was decided that the department would be told that they have to ensure that the drainage system is not affected anywhere due to the construction of the elevated roads."

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