Bihar will turn into a state endowed with green parks and ponds, if the state urban development department's plan to reform the way of living in urban cities translates into reality.
After giving a facelift to over 700 parks in the state capital, the state urban development department has decided to undertake survey of different districts to identify the places to be developed as parks. The exercise also aims at renovating the existing ponds, which if developed could serve as an ideal location to spend the evening with families and friends together.
Urban development minister Prem Kumar said, municipal bodies across the state had been directed to identify the potential places, which could be renovated either as parks, ponds or ghats.
The municipal bodies have been told to furnish the reports in the next couple of months, so that development work could be initiated by the end of this fiscal.
Since 2008, the department has approved development and renovation of more than 800 parks across the state capital under the chief minister urban development scheme and other state-sponsored projects. Of the total sanctioned schemes, 683 parks have been either constructed or renovated. Work to develop as many as 131 parks is still on. The state government has allocated R122 crore for the purpose.
"After Patna, the department would undertake renovation of ghats along the major rivers including Ganga in the state capital and Falgu in Gaya. Besides, special schemes would be taken to upgrade urban facilities in Bodh Gaya and Rajgir, which attract lakhs of visitors from across the world," the minister said.
Officials of the urban development department said, the municipal bodies have been told to plan the landscaping of important places in their respective areas.
"Consultants may be hired to prepare the detailed project reports of landscaping, which would consist of parks, ponds and ghats located in city areas," they added.