Digital Taramandal


The new Digital Taramandal (Planetarium) is being built at Sri Krishna Science Centre. It is expected to be completed in February-March 2015. It will be the second Planetarium of the city after Indira Gandhi Planetarium. It will be the first digital planetarium in Bihar. It is being built on the third floor of the Science Centre at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore by National Council of Science Museum.

Some facts :

  • Seating capacity : 54 person
  • Number of shows : 10 per day
  • Show duration : 18 minutes
  • Ticket rate : Rs 20 for adult, Rs 10 for child
  • Total cost : Rs 3 crore

Ganga Rail-cum-Road Bridge, Patna

Ganga Rail-cum-Road Bridge Patna

Ganga Rail-cum-Road Bridge in Patna is an ambitious project of the Indian railway. The bridge will connect Digha in Patna to Sonepur on the other side of the Ganges. The total length of the bridge including the approach road is 19 km. The length of the bridge is 4.556 km (4556 meter). It will be one of the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India when completed. The bridge is being built by the East Central Railway at an estimated cost of approximately Rs. 3000 crore. IRCON International Ltd. is the constructing agency. The project cost escalated as a result of delay due to various reason. The project was sanctioned initially as a rail bridge in 2001. However in 2006, the rail-cum-road was approved. The project when completed will connect Patna with Sonepur though railway. It will also play a vital role in easing the load on the Mahatma Gandhi Setu.

The bridge will have 36 Spans of 123 meter each and 2 Spans of 64 meters each. The railway track is at the bottom while road is at the intermediate level. The width of the road deck is 9.075 meters with 1.5 meter footpath on either side of it. The design of the superstructure is diamond type triangulated steel truss. The work was started from both the ends in 2012. The expected time of completion of the bridge has been put around the end of 2014, however, some delay may put the time further ahead.

The first trial of Rail track was undertaken on January 1, 2015.

Patna Science City


The State government plans to built a state-of-the-art Science City in Patna. It will be based on the Kolkata Science City which is very much popular among  people of all age groups. The projects aims to inculcate scientific temper among children. The government gave its nod for the project in September, 2012 and in the same month, Department of Science and Technology of the state government floated an all India tender for it. The estimated cost of the project has been put around Rs 500 Crore.

The Science City would come up near Moin-Ul-Haq stadium in Rajendra Nagar in an area of 15.5 acres (~ 63,000 m2). The attractions will be :

  • Space Theater
  • Earth Application Hall
  • Evolution Park
  • Non Conventional energy Village
  • Musical Mountain
  • Time Machine
  • Mirror Magic
  • Power of Ten
  • Butterfly garden
  • Outdoor Science park
  • Fun Science
  • Energy Education park
  • Aquarium
  • Open park etc.

The construction work has not yet started [Jan 2014]. The estimated date of completion has also not been provided. Patna already has a science centre - Sri Krishna Science Centre near Gandhi Maidan which is quite popular among the children. The establishment of Science City will definitely add more scientific temper in children and will expand their horizon of thinking.

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Patna International Convention Centre

Patna International Convention Centre Artistic Impression


Patna International Convention Centre is the ambitious project of the state government to build a multipurpose convention centre to be used for cultural, recreational, business and other activities. It will come up in the northern side of the Gandhi Maidan in an area of 11.82 acres. The Rs. 490 Crore project will have several building in the convention complex. It will include Convention Centre cum Gyan Bhavan, Auditorium, Food Court, an Entertainment corner, VIP lounge, and an architecturally designed gate named as Sabhyata Dwar (Gate of Civilization). The complex will have two parts, linked with a subway. The foundation stone of the Convention Centre was laid by CM Nitish Kumar in February 2014.

The capacity of the auditorium will be around 5000. The centrally air-conditioned auditorium will be the biggest in the state. Till now, S K Memorial Hall had the capacity to hold 1500 persons.  In the Gyan Bhawan, a big meeting hall of 800 capacity will be built along with several other meeting halls of different capacities. It will have four floors including basement where 450 vehicles can be parked. The height of the building will be 35 meters.  It will be an earthquake resistant and a green building. It will be a iconic building in which 16500 MT(Metric Tonne) of steel will be used. The Sabhyata Dwar will symbolize two thousand years history of this region. It will symbolize the heritage and civilization of ancient, medieval and modern Bihar. It will come up near the bank of river Ganges. The Dwar will give "unparalleled cultural delight" to people, as CM Nitish Kumar had said in 2012. The food court will come up near to it.

The need for such centre was felt during the Global Bihar Summit in 2012 when S K Memorial Hall was found to be inadequate for holding such global summit. The site for the convention centre was finally decided to be in the north to Gandhi Maidan, because of its proximity and centrality in the city. Several government residential buildings including that of City SP and judges were pulled down to make space for the complex. However, the design was slightly modified after girls of Magadh Mahila College protested over closure of the approach road to the college. Building Construction Department (BCD) of the state government is the executing agency. The project report has been prepared by DDF Consultant Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi-based consulting company. The centre is slated to be completed by November 2015.




Bihar Museum - Patna's New Museum

Patna New Museum Design

Patna's New Museum - The Bihar Museum, is the ambitious project of the State government to construct a museum of international standard to properly  house the rich artifacts of the state. The current Patna Museum has one of the richest collection of artifacts in the country. However, many rare artifacts are displayed much below global standard, diminishing their historical and cultural importance. Many articles are kept in store room due to unavailability of space inside the museum. The museum has also displayed some sculptures in open courtyard. The need for a new museum was being felt for some time, however initiatives could not to undertaken.The Didarganj Yakshi which is considered one of finest sculpture belonging to Mauryan period in India will be given adequate importance in the new museum.

The State government initiated the process by conducting an international competition in 2012-13. The competition drew many renowned architects around the world for its design. 26 entries were received for the first round in a two-stage process.  After the final screening, Maki and Associates, a Tokyo-based architecture firm and its Indian partner Opolis were declared winner. The new international museum which will be built at Rs. 280 Crore will be one-of-the-best in the country. The exhibition space will provide a chronological narrative of India's history through an alternating experience of diverse interior and exterior spaces. The exhibition space, children's museum, entry foyer and administrative centre will each have a distinct form, connected in between via arcades and courtyards. It is being built at a prime location in the heart of the city at Bailey Road, beside the Patna High Court in a space of 13.5 acres. The existing government buildings were demolished to pave the way for the upcoming museum. The construction work was inaugurated in July 2013 by the CM Nitish Kumar, who has played a pioneer role in the museum plan. The construction is slated to be completed by 2015 and is to be inaugurated on 22nd March, the Bihar Divas.

Some details are :

  • Number of floors : [Gallery, Entrance, Children's museum] 2 Stories , Administration - 4 stories
  • Site area : 56,250 m2
  • Building area : 19,000 m2
  • Total Floor area : 25,000 m2
  • Total cost : Rs 280 crore
  • Expected date of completion : July 2015


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