Bihta

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Bihta
city
Bihta is located in Bihar
Bihta
Bihta
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 25°33′43″N 84°52′12″E / 25.56194°N 84.87000°E / 25.56194; 84.87000Coordinates: 25°33′43″N 84°52′12″E / 25.56194°N 84.87000°E / 25.56194; 84.87000
Country  India
State Bihar
Region Magadh
District Patna
Elevation 38 m (125 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 210,619
Languages
 • Official Hindi, Magadhi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 801103
Telephone code +91-6115
Vehicle registration BR-01
Sex ratio 1000/892 /
Climate ETh (Köppen)
Precipitation 1,000 millimetres (39 in)

Bihta is a township in Patna district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is located 35 km west of Patna. Bihta is also upcoming satellite town of Patna.[1]

History[edit]

Swami Sahajanand Saraswati's social and political activities were centered mostly in Bihar in the initial days, and gradually spread to the rest of India with the formation of All India Kisan Sabha. He had set-up an ashram at Bihta, near Patna and carried out most of his work in the later part of his life from there. He was an intellectual, prolific writer, social reformer and revolutionary.[2]

Geography[edit]

Bihta is 35 km west of Patna and is a 1-hour drive from the capital.

Educational institutes[edit]

IIT Patna's permanent campus is being built at Bihta, at a 500 acres (200 ha) site.[3][4][5] Permanent campus plan of IIT Patna: http://www.iitp.ac.in/plan.html The foundation stone of the IIT Patna, Bihta Campus was laid by Kapil Sibal in 2011.[6] It is currently under construction. Bihar government had already allotted 100 acres (40 ha) of land at Amhara village in Bihta to NIT Patna.[7][8] There is Kendriya Vidyalaya,AFS. NSIT opened its new college in Bihta, which is now emerging as a new education hub in Bihar, in 2008. It is recognized by All India Council for Technical Education.[9] NSIT has the huge infrastructure of 1,50,000 Sq.Ft of Built up area on approximately 12 Acres of land at Amhara, Bihta, Patna.[10][11] 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 is coming up on a 25-acre plot here at a cost of INR523 crore.The medical college and hospital would become functional in a record time of two years. The first batch of MBBS students will be admitted in 2013.[12] Union minister Kapil Sibal on June 3, 2013 laid the foundation stone of the permanent campus of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) at Bihta,[13] When completed NIELIT would be first institute of its kind in the country with a mixture of hardware and software through the education of electronics and IT respectively. The new campus at Bihta will come up on 15 acres of land with INR57.30 crore investment. NIELIT, Patna, would have linkages with other institutions in the state like IIT Patna and NIT Patna for conducting graduate, postgraduate and doctorate level formal courses in electronics, computer science and information technology. The new campus will also offer programmes in certificate, diploma and degree in various specialized areas in the IT sector. It will also offer courses in instrumentation, bioinformatics, information security, cyber laws, networking and other areas of IT.[14]

Proposed Airport[edit]

As air traffic grows at Patna airport, also known as the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, the Central government is considering 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.[15][16][17][18] Bihta has one airforce base station.[19][20]

Real estate boom[edit]

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, 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 INR10 and INR15 lakh. A few years ago, it was available for only INR2-2.5 lakh.[21] 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.[22]

Proposed IT Park[edit]

Logistic and Industrial Park (LIP) is slated to come up at Bihta (Patna) at the place where its sugar mill, closed for decades, existed.[23][24] Work is in progress by a team led by officials of the IT department. Construction work will begin by mid-2013.Bihar government has acquired 25 acres for the IT park.IT giants like Infosys have shown interest for a plot near Bihta.[25][26][27][28] 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 and Information Technology ( NIEIT) 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.[29] TCS, which has already opened its office in Patna, has been providing services for conducting online examinations for banking services and recruitment process by Central University of Bihar.[30] 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.

Economy[edit]

A $35-million production facility of Cobra Beer,a premium beer brand promoted by Lord Karan Bilimoria was set up at Bihta in 2010.[31][32][33][34][35][36] A closed sugar mill is going to be revived.[37] Hero Cycles Ltd, part of the O P Munjal group, would start production at Bihta plant in Bihar from June 2014 to cater to different markets. [38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Welcome to NSIT
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  13. ^ Sibal lays stone of IT college building, assures support for Bihar's special status demand The Times of India. Retrieved Jun 4, 2013
  14. ^ National Institute of Electronic and Information Technology to be linked with other institutions The Times of India. Retrieved Jun 4, 2013
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  18. ^ "'Nalanda on airport radar, Bihta off '". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2011-02-04. 
  19. ^ Security tightened in Bihta air force base after ISI threat
  20. ^ Hoax call to Bihta air base, one arrested
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  29. ^ "TCS to develop data centre to connect government departments". The Times Of India. 2012-11-23. 
  30. ^ "TCS server in trade tax dept to be functional from Feb 10". The Times Of India. 2012-01-23. 
  31. ^ "Cobra to flow from Feb. 15". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2012-02-10. 
  32. ^ "Bilimoria's Cobra beer snakes a growth trail". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2012-04-09. 
  33. ^ Bhelari, Amit (2012-05-16). "Textile major ready to style new Bihar". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 
  34. ^ "Billimoria wants Bihar farmers to produce barley as he brews beer". Hindustan Times. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  35. ^ "Growth push with reality check Rs 60-cr Godrej plant in Hajipur". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2012-05-20. 
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  38. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/hero-to-start-bicycle-production-at-bihta-plant-in-june-114020601463_1.html