Top Higher Education Institutions, Care for Heritage: Post-Survey Expectations of Patna’s Famous Families | Education

Patna, state-of-the-art higher education institutions, urban renewal with sensitive planning and maintenance of the shrinking built heritage are among the expectations following the poll of some of Patna’s well-known families.

Top Higher Education Institutions, Care for Heritage: Post-Survey Expectations of Patna’s Famous Families

Elections will take place on June 1 in the two Lok Sabha seats under Patna district Patna Sahib and Pataliputra.

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Both seats have more than 43 lakh voters.

Businessman Abhay Kanoria, 59, who comes from an affluent Marwari family in Patna and calls himself a proud Bihari, believes the state has the potential to regain its lost glory.

“My expectations for Patna from the government that comes to power is that it should help establish some state-of-the-art academic institutions here. We have many good schools here, but after 12th students just want to leave Patna and do not want to study at the existing universities in Bihar as they are not getting the quality of education that they can get elsewhere,” Kanoria told PTI here.

He claimed that red tape has been “reduced” but still exists, and that there are still some law and order issues that need to be addressed.

He acknowledged the presence of IIT-Patna, AIIMS-Patna and some management institutions but lamented that there is no industry here and corporate houses do not have offices in the capital, though he appreciated the start-ups emerging in the state.

Kanoria, fifth in the line of descent from his great-great-grandfather who had moved to Patna from Rajasthan, is part of a family business that also owns the over 80-year-old Marwari Awas Griha, a guest house and lodging house. on Fraser Road in the heart of the city.

“We are a family that has lived here for almost 200 years. Our HUF company was the first income tax collector in Patna in the 1870s. We believe that Bihar can prosper again with correct policies,” he added.

Filmmaker Pranav Sahi, who hails from the erstwhile zamindari family Hathwa Raj of Bihar, laments that the city is growing without proper urban planning, resulting in a “metropolitan mess”.

“They made the Ganga Drive across the ecologically sensitive zone of the river, and now there is a double-decker flyover on Ashok Rajpath. Despite such projects, the encroachment of Patna remains a nagging reality, not to mention the waste littering the city. If people litter, punish them. Can the municipal corporation at least keep the city clean,” he asked.

Sahi, in his late 50s, expected the next government to bring some good urban renewal projects to Patna and also do something to utilize the full potential of “our tourist spots”.

“Old buildings in Patna can be converted into boutique hotels or used as tourist attractions. They should not be demolished. Tourists will not come to Patna to see new buildings made of glass,” he told PTI at his sprawling home. Ganga Mahal’ is located here on the banks of the river.

Patna’s old Hathwa Market, now stripped of its glory, was built by Hathwa Raj in the late 1950s, and the old Patna General Hospital of Patna Medical College and Hospital is popularly called ‘Hathwa Ward’ due to the donation from the then ruler of Hathwa Raj for the medical institution.

The old Patna General Hospital, which houses the British-era ‘Hathwa Ward’ and a lift, and is fronted by ornate Doric columns, among other old buildings of the historic PMCH, is being demolished as part of an ongoing redevelopment project which faced protests from many sides.

Patna High Court lawyer Alamdar Hussain, great-grandson of legendary lawyer Sir Sultan Ahmed, said elections take place every five years but “nothing changes in Bihar”.

“Politicians come, make loud speeches, lofty promises are made to the people, and once the results come, it all goes on the back burner to be picked up again at the next election. “I don’t have any expectations from anyone,” he said. .

Sir Sultan was the first Indian Vice-Chancellor of Patna University from 1923 to 1930 and had also participated in the second Round Table Conference in London in 1931 along with Mahatma Gandhi and a host of other top leaders.

The fate of ‘Sultan Palace’, a palatial house he built in 1922, hangs in the balance as the Bihar government had announced in 2022 that it will be demolished to make way for a five-star hotel, reversing the old decision to close the hotel to change was nullified. the palace turned into a heritage hotel, sparking public outrage.

“I just hope that with a new government, care will be taken of all the heritage structures of Patna and rest of Bihar. And the Sultan Palace, the pride of Patna, will be preserved and restored for future generations,” Hussain told PTI. .

Nafies Imam, granddaughter of Haidar Imam, another Patna lawyer known for building the famous Patna Market along Ashok Rajpath in 1947, is equally cynical about Patna’s future.

“I don’t expect anything from the government that comes after these elections. In fact, I have no interest in politics. You can see for yourself what the politicians, from whatever party, have done for the city. Traffic is still a mess, no proper urban planning, most historic buildings are crumbling or worse, being demolished under the guise of development,” she said.

“After the elections, no one will remember the promises, and no one will care,” Imam said.

BJP’s incumbent and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is seeking a second term from the crucial seat of Patna Sahib, while the INDIA bloc is fielding Congress’s Anshul Avijit, grandson of former railway minister Babu Jagjiwan Ram and son of former Lok Sabha chairman Meira Kumar, has drawn up.

In Patliputra, RJD candidate and Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharati is trying to wrest the seat from Ram Kripal Yadav of the BJP.

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