Supreme Court ordered the state government to demolish the old collectorate building . The building will be built on the banks of the Ganga river .
Patna, India: After the Supreme Court decided to raze the Dutch-era Patna collectorate building near Gandhi Maidan, the state government began work on the new collectorate building on Saturday.The SC reported on Friday that not all ancient buildings have value, allowing the state government to demolish an 18th century building that was once used by the British as a godown to store opium and saltpetre.Kumar Ravi, the director of the building construction department, said the work was suspended after chief minister Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stone on September 17, 2020, according to Kumar Ravi, the department's secretary.Now that the SC has given its blessing, we will proceed with the design of the new structure.Officials explained that the detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed building was developed by a Delhi-based architect firm, which was similar to the old structure style.The 3.5 lakh-square-foot building will have modern equipment and a security system.It will be earthquake resistant.The proposed building will be completed at a cost of about Rs 186 crore and will house 39 state government offices, according to the company's description, and it will be divided into three sections: district administration, sub-divisional officers, district board office, and multi-utility. The DMs office will be located on the top floor of the main block, consisting of three conference halls with a seating capacity of 200, 80, and 40, according to the scheme.The conference halls will be outfitted with a variable refrigerant temperature (VFV), an audio-visual system with projector, and air-conditioned.The building will also have a fire alarm system as well as 225 CCTV cameras installed inside and outside.Up to 455 vehicles will be allowed to park, of which 205 are in open parking lots, and 240 in the basement. On the front, there will be four gardens, each covering 3,484 square meters.The DPR also includes provisions for a rainwater harvesting system and a modern solar power plant on the roof.The contract has been awarded to a Ranchi-based construction company.