Bihar Govt moots Metro, Mono Rail projects in Patna

PATNA: The overcrowded lanes and bylanes here will get rid of the perennial traffic congestion in coming years as state urban development and housing board department has decided to launch Patna metro or mono rail system by 2015. This was announced by state urban development minister Prem Kumar at a conclave on “Water and Sewerage Investment Opportunities”, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Tuesday.

The minister said tenders will be invited in a month and keeping in view the population of Patna and expenditure, it will be decided through survey whether metro or mono rail would suit Patna. Four routes have been identified for the proposed project.

Kumar also said the Ganga river front project in the city would have 6.5-km-long walkway between Digha and Patna City. Twenty ghats along the walkway would be remodelled, he added.

Talking about the problem of drinking water, Kumar promised to provide 24×7, safe and pure drinking water in all households within two years. “We are still consuming ground water. Our aim is to provide surface water for drinking in households. For this, Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) is putting in the required effort in this regard and 24×7 surface water will be made available in all city households in two years,” Kumar claimed.

The minister said the target in the first phase is to provide drinking water, sewerage and drainage in around 55 cities of the state. For smooth functioning, BUIDCo has appointed consultants and proper sewerage, drainage system and drinking water is expected to be provided in these cities in six months.

Earlier, introducing the topic of the conclave, ICC director Kamal Sahi said 40,000 million litres of sewerage per day is produced in India and only 20% of this is treated. Nearly 80% of the untreated sewerage goes into rivers, lakes and ponds, making them too polluted for use. As a result, the nitrate level in ground water is too high above the required level.

Krishna Lall, associated with a consultant company working in consonance with BUIDCo, said for proper sewerage management, government should encourage more sewerage treatment plants (STPs) at the primary level or colony level so as to reduce the pressure on the city level.