As per the original draft of the project, aided by the World Bank, 20 ghats were to be developed along a 2.3-km promenade with four cultural centres on the stretch. However, the land for it could not be acquired in time, prompting the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (BUIDCO) to seek a year’s extension. It was earlier to be completed by June 2017.
The 4.5-metre wide esplanade has to stretch from the Collectorate Ghat to Adalat Ghat (470m), Adalat Ghat to Gandhi Ghat (1125m), Gandhi Ghat to Rani Ghat (384m) and — after a gap of few ghats — Bhadra Ghat to Nauzar Ghat (330m).
Besides four cultural centres, a crematorium building at Gulbi Ghat, three city-level parks, improved approach roads, ghat landscaping, audio-visual theatres and community centres were the highlights of the original draft.
However, the project details have now been altered. “The areas near the collegiate building and Gaighat could not be procured for the project. Therefore, we had to redesign the model,” an official involved in the project said on Saturday, preferring anonymity.
According to BUIDCO sources, 14 ghats have been completed so far, while two others are under construction. Altogether 16 ghats are to be developed, landscaped and beautified by the BUIDCO in addition to the four ghats already developed by the state government.
The BUIDCO official claimed almost 70% work was completed by June 2018. “Once we finish the construction work at the ghats and develop the associated infrastructure, the project will be completed,” he said. The project is part of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, a World Bank-funded initiative to ensure effective abatement of pollution in the Ganga, considered one of the most polluted rivers of the world.