Work on the much awaited site for the new capital city of the state in the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) premises started on Friday with chief minister Raghuvar Das laying the foundation stone to initiate the construction work of the boundary of the core area for the upcoming city housing assembly, secretariat and other offices and residences.
The chief minister dubbed the day a "golden" one and said the proposed assembly building would voice the concerns of 3.25 crore people of the state.
The government had purchased the land from the public sector giant HEC in 2010 for the construction of Assembly enclave there.
Then deputy Prime Minister LK Advani had laid the foundation stone for the Greater Ranchi project way back in 2002, when Babulal Marandi was Jharkhand's chief minister.
Within a year, the Greater Ranchi Development Agency (GRDA), the nodal agency for the project, was set up exclusively for building the new capital on about 30,000 acres of land. The Greater Ranchi is likely to boast the Assembly, state secretariat, the high court, residential complexes and social and financial institutions.
A delegation of people facing displacement in the wake of proposed construction met the chief minister and the speaker on Thursday, a day before the construction works began, and had urged for their resettlement.
"The people who were residing in the area for long even after being compensated for the lost land and were being displaced again for the core capital area would be rehabilitated and resettled suitably. The work on offering them two-room accommodation connected with road, power and water connectivity would begin within two to three months," the CM said.
Das said the government seeks "cooperation of all and development of all" in the march ahead. He also urged them not to be misguided by anyone and announced “direct contact with affected people on June 16 to ensure a way out where everyone could live with dignity and contribute to the development of the state.”
Speaker Dr Dinesh Oraon said, "Ushering in construction works for boundary, drainage and other basic infrastructure has raised the hopes. Every resident of the state should participate in the pious work."
A host of dignitaries including urban development minister CP Singh, health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, revenue and land reforms minister Amar Bauri, local legislator Gangotri Kujur, the chief secretary, the DGP chairman of Greater Ranchi Development Authority (GRDA), DC Ranchi were present on the occasion.