PATNA: State urban development and housing department (UDHD) principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena on Saturday said the administrative system and people need to be smart to make a 'smart city' as only pumping resources will not make the city smart.
"Our urban local bodies have huge unspent resources received under various schemes. So we know that funds are not the constraint. The cause of concern for the state is that local bodies need to take responsibility for facilitating different schemes and development work," Meena said at a meet of various stakeholders to discuss Patna Master Plan 2031 and Bihar building bylaws at Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Saturday evening.
Meena said work was underway to develop the master plan of 15 cities in Bihar (including Patna) along with a development authority in each of these cities for planned development of Bihar. "About 260 building plans have been passed in Bihar after the enforcement of Bihar building bylaws but we should keep in mind that it has just been rolled out. In future, we'll form a committee for amendment in the bylaws, considering the population pressure in the state," he said.
Talking of solid waste management, Meena said the agreement for establishing a waste-to-energy conversion plant at Bairiya was reached in April with a private firm, which will soon start the project. "The state government has also identified 23 landfills across Bihar where waste-to-compost conversion plants will come up. It is in the policy framework stage," he said.
The UDHD principal secretary also assured the real estate and other stakeholders that the existing land use under Patna Municipal Corporation has not been changed in the Patna Master Plan 2031. "In the next few days, we will come up with an arrangement of passing building plans in Patna by keeping in mind the popular land use pattern and the provisions of the new bylaws till the master plan is ready," Meena added.
Additional Patna municipal commissioner Sirshat Kapil Ashok also listened to various suggestions put forth by Patnaites, such as a development corridor between Patna and Bodh Gaya, amnesty schemes for builders under vigilance net, time-bound approval of building plans and other public service facilities.