Patna diary: From microchip garbage bins to Champaran Satyagraha saga in museum

The Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Patna, the country’s 12th fastest growing airport, has got the facility of aircraft maintenance.

Published: 10th June 2018 02:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2018 02:21 AM   |  A+A-

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Patna airport gets aircraft maintenance facility

The Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Patna, the country’s 12th fastest growing airport, has got the facility of aircraft maintenance. Airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said engineers have been deputed for maintenance of aircraft. The airport, earlier, did not have any aircraft maintenance facility. Provision has been made for dumping different kinds of waste like grease and oil that come out during aircraft maintenance. More than 40 flights operate from the JPNI Airport currently, up from just 10 in 2012-13.

Garbage bins to come with microchips

The solid waste management system being planned for Patna under the Smart City project would ensure that garbage bins installed across the city are fitted with radio frequency identification microchips. The idea came after a team of Patna Smart City Private Limited (PSCPL) visited Barcelona and Madrid in Spain. Patna divisional commissioner and PSCPL chairman Anand Kishor said an integrated solid waste management plant would be set up at Bairiya. “We would like to treat waste as an asset like they do in Madrid. Bio-gas will be produced from biodegradable waste and solid waste would be incinerated to generate energy,” he said.

Sabhyata Dwar to be open to public in a month

Sabhyata Dwar (Civilisation Gate), which stands on the banks of the Ganga in the Bihar capital, will be open to the general public in a month. The Bihar government plans to build an approach road to link the 43-metrehigh sandstone arch with the Ganga Path. The arch, which was inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar on May 21, stands on the on the premises of Samrat Ashok International Convention Centre. Currently entry into the premises and the arch is restricted to authorised people only. Designed as a ceremonial gateway to the city of Patna, the arch is about six metre taller than the Gateway of India in Mumbai and three metre taller than Patna’s very own iconic Gol Ghar that stands nearby.

Champaran Satyagraha saga comes alive at museum

Paintings related to Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Champaran Satyagraha movement have been put on display at the Gandhi Gallery in Patna Museum. It was in East Champaran in Bihar that the Father of the Nation had started his epoch-making freedom and reform movement in 1917. The Gandhi gallery has oil paintings by eminent painters collected from across the country, depicting various events related to Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. The Bihar government had organised a series of events last year to commemorate the centenary of the Champaran Satyagrah. The Gandhi gallery at the museum was CM Nitish Kumar’s idea. Kumar, who is deeply enamoured by Gandhi’s ideals and his activism in Bihar, had undertaken a spectacular seven-km walk in Champaran la to recreate Gandhi’s historic walk.

Anand ST Das

Our correspondent in Bihar

anandstdas@gmail.com

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