Patna Jn (PNBE): ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar on Wednesday laid the stone of a railway colony, ‘Madhu Rail Vihar’, at Lakhanibigha in Khagaul. This project, estimated to cost Rs 75 crore, will be completed in 18 months. Altogether 244 railway quarters will be built in the colony.
Kumar said the railways would construct 210 Type-II, 24 Type-III and ten Type-IV quarters on the 8-acre plot, which is located at a distance of about 350 metres from the Danapur DRM’s office. The railways has given contract to a Noida-based private company to complete the project, he said.
According to the GM, one unit of quarters would be completed by August 15 this year. However, efforts would be made to complete the entire project latest by March next year. While 30% of the land would be utilized for building quarters, the rest of the land would be developed for park, roads and green area in the colony, he said.
The Danapur railway division, one of the oldest divisions of Indian Railway, is the biggest one in ECR. The number of railway employees is too large here. Besides, most of the senior railway officials who are posted at the ECR headquarters at Hajipur have also retained railway bungalows at Khagaul. Most of the old railway quarters are in dilapidated condition. As such, the railways is facing shortage of accommodation for the officials and employees of Danapur division.
Chief Administrative Officer L M Jha, Principal Chief Engineer Jitendra Kumar, Chief Engineer (Project) Narendra Kumar, Chief Personnel Officer K V Nagaich, Danapur DRM N K Gupta and Secretary to GM V Misra were also present on the occasion.