Railway land handover cheer for state & city

Union minister Piyush Goyal hands over MoU to Nitish

By Amit Bhelari in Patna
  • Published 13.08.18
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(From left) Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, railways minister Piyush Goyal and chief minister Nitish Kumar at the event on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha

Patna: The railways finally handed over the R-Block-Digha land to the state government at an event organised in Patna's Bapu Sabhaghar on Sunday.

Railways minister Piyush Goyal handed over the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to chief minister Nitish Kumar during the event in which several Union ministers were present. The state government has proposed to construct the four- to six-lane road on the stretch spread across 71.2533 acres of land.

The 8km-long road is 40m wide. The Nitish government had sent the proposal to hand over the land in 2009-10. In 2014-15, the minimum value register (MVR) of this land was Rs 896.30 crore on which the state government had raised concern and the matter went to Patna High Court.

On June 14, 2018, the ministry of railways accorded in-principle approval for relinquishment of land of Patna-Digha rail line for construction of infrastructure for transport by the Bihar government on payment of Rs 221 crore - the value of land was worked out by a revaluation committee constituted as per directive of the high court.

The Bihar government has already handed over the amount of Rs 221 crore to the railways. "The land handover of R-Block-Digha was pending before the railways for many years and now I think after the handover, the traffic problem of Patna city would be solved. Today is a very good occasion for Patna as well as for Bihar," Goyal said in his 20-minute speech.

Before the handover, a minute-long PowerPoint presentation was showed to the railway minister related to the plan of constructing the road on the stretch. The presentation mentioned that a flyover and an underpass would also be part of the project and there would be no traffic signal on the stretch.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, health minister Mangal Pandey, Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Ashwini Choubey, RK Singh, BJP state unit president Nityanand Rai and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav were also present on the dais.

Many senior officials of the East Central Railway, including general manager LC Trivedi, were present. Chief minister Nitish Kumar too expressed his happiness on getting the land for the Bihar government. The state government has already started its work for the construction of the road and the work is scheduled to start by January 2019 and would be completed in two-and-a-half years.