Welcome gates for Sikh fest

Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will build welcome arches at seven entry points around the city in the run-up to Sikh Guru Gobind Singh's 350th birth anniversary celebrations in December-January.

By Piyush Kumar Tripathi in Patna
  • Published 7.08.16
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A grab of the Patna Municipal Corporation Smart City Facebook page

Patna, Aug. 6: Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will build welcome arches at seven entry points around the city in the run-up to Sikh Guru Gobind Singh's 350th birth anniversary celebrations in December-January.

The decision to construct the arch gates with "Welcome to Patna Municipal Corporation" written on them was taken at the civic body's empowered standing committee meeting today. "Lakhs of tourists are expected to come to Patna for Prakash Utsav. We have decided to develop arch gates at the city's entry points as a branding tool," mayor Afzal Imam who chaired the meeting told The Telegraph.

Around 5 lakh devotees are expected to come to Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib in Patna City from across the world to participate in the celebrations christened Prakash Utsav. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also likely to come.

Imam said PMC officials have been asked to start the process to selectthe firm(s) for developing the gates in public-private partnership mode.

The empowered standing committee also deliberated on the delayed Patna water supply project under the central Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and development of landfill site for garbage disposal at Ramachak-Bairiya village.

"We have asked the municipal commissioner to take guidelines from the urban development department for the future course of action on laying new pipelines in 54 wards in the city for the water supply project as BUIDCo (Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation) left the project mid way," said Imam. "Besides, no work has started on development of the landfill site at Ramachak-Bairiya even after a year of selecting the firm for the project."

Smart city bid

PMC has expedited the process for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for Patna's smart city proposal. A page for the campaign was created on Facebook and Twitter on Friday and a public consultation meet will be held at Eco Park from 4pm tomorrow.

Another review meet would be held in the coming week under the chairmanship of principal secretary, urban development and housing, Chaitanya Prasad to give shape to the DPR preparations.

"Public consultation is an important part in preparing the smart city proposal according to the guidelines of the smart city mission. Accordingly, we have created a page on Facebook, where people can give their suggestions and feedback, and we can interact with them on a regular basis," said PMC commissioner Abhishek Singh.

Patna is among the seven state capitals, which have been given a second chance to participate in the Smart City competition. The proposal has to be finalised in three months.