patna: Work On New Patna Collectorate Building Starts After Sc Nod | Patna News

Patna: After the Supreme Court’s nod to raze the Dutch-era Patna collectorate building near Gandhi Maidan, the state government on Saturday ordered to start work on the new collectorate building. The SC had on Friday said, “Not all ancient buildings have heritage value,” paving the way for the state government to demolish the 18th century building that was once used by the British as a godown to store opium and saltpetre.
Secretary of the building construction department, Kumar Ravi said the work was stopped after its foundation stone was laid by chief minister Nitish Kumar on September 17, 2020, following the court’s stay order. “Now, the SC has given its nod, we will go ahead with the construction of the new building. The engineers have been asked to start demolition of the old structure from Saturday, to pave the way for construction of a state-of-the-art building on the banks of Ganga river. It will take two years’ time to complete the work on the proposed building,” he said.
According to officials, the detailed project report (DPR) of the structure has been designed by a Delhi-based architect company, which is similar to the old structure design. The multi-storey building with modern techniques and safety mechanism, will be spread over 3.5 lakh square feet area. It will be earthquake resistant. The proposed building will constructed at a cost of around Rs 186 crore and will house around 39-state government offices.
The B+G+5 building design is inspired from the Dutch- British architect, and the structure will be divided into three blocks- district administration, sub-divisional officers-cum-district development commissioner and district board office-cum- multi-utility, they said. The new building will accommodate the offices of district magistrate, land registration, revenue, development, treasury, excise, deputy collectors and additional collectors, among others. All the three blocks would have their separate entry and exit route.
As per the plan, the DM’s office will be on the top floor of the main block, comprising three conference halls with a seating capacity of 200, 80 and 40, respectively. The conference halls will be equipped with variable refrigerant volume (VFV), audio-visual system with projector and air-conditioned. The building will also be equipped with fire alarm system and 225 CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the building. There would be parking spaces for up to 455 vehicles, including 205 in open-parking space, and 240 in the basement.
The premises will be environment friendly and surrounded with landscaping. There will be four gardens on the front, which will be spread over an area of 3,484 sq meter. Provisions of rainwater harvesting system and modern solar power plant on the rooftop are also in the DPR. The contract has been given to a Ranchi-based construction firm.

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