|• Type||Nagar Panchayat|
|• MLA||Bhai Virendra(RJD)|
|• Member of Parliament||Ram Kripal Yadav|
|• Total||46 km2 (18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||38 m (125 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, Magadhi|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-BR|
|Sex ratio||1000/899 ♂/♀|
|Precipitation||1,000 millimetres (39 in)|
Bihta is a fast growing township in Patna district, Bihar India. Bihta is part of Maner (Vidhan Sabha constituency) and Pataliputra (Lok Sabha constituency). It is located 35 km south-west of Patna. Bihta is also upcoming satellite town of Patna. It lies 7 km from Bihta railway station.
Bihta is 35 km west of Patna and is an hour drive from the capital. It is the strategic location named as greater patna and many real estate companies are investing over there. It has a famous old temple named Van Devi at Kanchanpur Bihta, and a Shiv temple - Baba Biteshwar Nath in Gultera Bazar(Bihta). There is 220/132/33 KV Power Grid substation in Dumri in Bihta, where commercial operation started in April 2019. There is a dry port in south of railway station and an oil depot - both with rail connectivity. A 20-km long four-lane Danapur-Shivala-Bihta elevated road is being constructed at the cost of around Rs 2,000 crore. This highway will be completed by 2022 and will connect Patna to Bihta Airport via Danapur railway station and Shivala Chowk. Of total 20 km length, 17 km would be elevated. The elevated portion would terminate at the junction of the Bihta-Sarmera Road near Kanhauli village. From that junction, the road would go up to the Bihta chowk besides connecting the Bihta Airport; it would again be elevated at the Bihta chowk. There are many hotels and shops.
IIT Patna's campus is located in parameters of Amhara and Dilawarpur village of Bihta block, at a 501 acres (203 ha) site. Bihar government had already allotted 100 acres (40 ha) of land at Amhara village in Bihta to NIT Patna. There is Kendriya Vidyalaya, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar laid the foundation stone of an Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college and hospital in Bihta in September 2009. The 500-bed ESIC hospital and college came up on a 25-acre plot here at a cost of ₹523 crore. The ESIC medical college and hospital was inaugurated on 7 July 2018.
Union minister Kapil Sibal on 3 June 2013 laid the foundation stone of the permanent campus of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) at Bihta.
As air traffic grows and short runway issues at Patna airport, also known as the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, the Central government considered moving the facility outside Bihar's capital city to Bihta. According to senior government officials, negotiations are underway between the ministry of civil aviation and the air force to shift the airport from Patna to Bihta, which is a defence airfield 20 km away from the existing facility.
Bihta has one airforce base station. The length of the existing runway at Bihta airbase was 9,000 feet. Airports Authority of India has planned to develop Bihta airport for international operations. Airport Authority had proposed 156 acres of land to the state government, apart from 128 acres which state government is to transfer, so that length of the runway could be increased to 12000 feet, in order to install advanced category-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) at new airport so that flights could land there at a visibility as low as 350m. Boeing 747 require 12,000 feet of long runways to land.
In October 2016, Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan 2031 which envisages development of a new airport at Bihta. Bihar government is acquiring 126 acres of land for construction of the new airport. Bihar cabinet approved a budget of Rs 260 crore for the acquisition of 126 acres for Bihta airport which will be completed by October 2019. Of the 126 acres- 99 acre in Vishambhar and 27 acre in Kultupur localities from 400-odd land owners were acquired for the new airport. An elevated expressway from Saguna Mor to Bihta is going to be constructed. Of the 126 acres of acquired land for Bihta airport, 108 acres will be utilised for development of a civil enclave and the remaining 18 acres for development of amenities, including a VIP lounge, a hotel and a hangar.
An 18.5 km four-lane semi-elevated road between the proposed Bihta airbase and Danapur railway station is being constructed at the expenditure of ₹ 1400 crore. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will construct 13.5 km elevated four-lane road from Bihta to Shivala, while the remaining 5 km stretch from Shivala to Danapur station will be constructed by Bihar RCD. Apart from Danapur-Shivala-Bihta road, Bihta will be connected by two more four-lane roads – Patna-Buxar NH-30 and Bihta-Sarmera SH-78.
Real estate boom
The land price in this small town — 40 km west of Patna — has skyrocketed in the past few years because of the construction of a number of projects in the area like, including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital and others. In a few years, Bihta would be to Patna what Gurgaon is to New Delhi. At present, a cottah (1,361sqft) of land is priced between ₹ 30 and ₹ 35 lakh in urban area. Even in nearby villages like Amhara, Kanchanpur Or Dilawarpur the price of 1 cottah of land is ₹ 15-20 Lakh. A few years ago, it was available for only ₹2-2.5 lakh in Urban and ₹ 25k-50k in rural Areas. 25 acres of land have been acquired at Bihta in Patna district for setting up the (State Disaster Response Force ) SDRF headquarters and training centre.
Real estate also acquired land near by village Paharpur to build the colony for the family of retired paramilitary forces. Majorly suraksha enclave members are acquiring land for development of resident. Logistic and Industrial Park (LIP) is fully functional at Bihta (Patna) at the place where sugar mill existed. Work is in progress by a team led by officials of the IT department. Construction work will begin by mid-2013. It is also popular for Swami Sahajanand Saraswati ashram. Highway Residency By Satyamev Group A RERA Approved Township project is one of them.
Bihar government has acquired 25 acres for the IT park. In October 2018, Bihar Government approved Rs 38 crore for the acquisition of 33 acres of land for IT Park at Bihta as part of Mega Industrial Park. IT giants like Infosys have shown interest for a plot near Bihta. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has already been assigned with the responsibility of developing a main data centre which will provide IT link to all government departments. The IT centre will formally be launched in March 2013 on the premises of Beltron Bhawan. A regional centre of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) will also be developed at Bihta. The land for IT park has already been selected and bidding process for selection of consultancy company for promotion of IT park has almost completed. NEECH Technology, Kolkata, is engaged in collecting data for social and caste census in Bihar and HP Education Services is engaged in providing IT skill development courses.
A $35-million production facility of Cobra Beer,a premium beer brand promoted by Lord Karan Bilimoria was set up at Bihta in 2010. Not the closed sugar mill is going to be revived. Hero Cycles Ltd, part of the O.P Munjal Group, would start production at Amhara village of Bihta block in Bihar from June 2014 to cater to different markets.
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