patna,(bihartimes): the state urban development department is thinking in terms of setting up the metropolitan planning authority (mpa). a bill in this regard will be tabled in the winter session of bihar assembly.
the constitution of mpa will smoothen th implementation of the proposed master plan of patna.
the mpa would have over riding power over patna municipal corporation which has so far been looking after the development of urban infrastructure in municipal areas.
according to sources the department has finalized the draft bihar urban planning development bill 2012 to pave the way for the constitution of mpa, which will have its operational jurisdiction over more than 2,000 square kilometres land area on which the proposed master plan of patna is to be executed.
the area is spread over the peripheries of patna, besides, its mnimicipal juridscition and also masaurhi, fatuha, sonepur, and hajipur.
the ahmadabad-based centre for environmental planning and technology (cept) university would submit the comprehensive and revised master plan of patna by the time the bill is tabled in the state assembly.
the university has already submitted its draft of the master plan to solicit comments and incorporate modifications suggested by the urban development department.
according to the urban development department minister prem kumar the cept university had been told to revise the draft master plan in keeping with other schemes for infrastructural development like building of mono-rail and ganga front.