PATNA: Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma said on Thursday that the government had tabled a plan to renovate and modernize the Maurya Lok Shopping Complex in Patna that once used to be the swankiest place in town for a fun-filled evening.
Talking to reporters outside Bihar Assembly on Wednesday he said, “We have decided to give the market a new look that would offer a new and unique experience to the visitors who have been coming here for decades for shopping and enjoying various foods offered by a number of eateries within the market.”
Sharma said the plan includes entirely new landscaping of the area with new plants, shrubs, and flowers and rebuilding of the park within the premises.
But more than that, the plan includes building of clean toilets in the market that currently has a few shabby, dirty, non-functional bathrooms for the customers.
“All new toilets will be built according to modern specifications and arrangements will be made to get them cleaned three times a day though the users will have to pay a small fee to use them,” the minister said.
On the question of illegal construction of shops and encroachment by vendors around the market, Sharma said that most of the illegal growth has already been moved and whatever is left will also be removed shortly.
Speaking about clean toilets, the minister said that the Tata Company has built more than 350 ‘modular toilets’ in the state capital while the government has already build 160 restrooms at various intersections in the city.