Bihar Film City: Feasibility report submitted
PATNA: A New Delhi-based consultant, Grand Thornton, has submitted a feasibility report for the development of a film city in the state at one of the four places – Hajipur, Bihta, Gaya and Rajgir. It had been commissioned for identifying an ideal place for the purpose by a state government undertaking, Infrastructure Development Authority (IDA).
Bihari film producers and directors, particularly those engaged in producing Bhojpuri films, have long been demanding development of the film city, so that they could prepare films in a cost-effective manner. Grand Thornton was given the task of preparing a feasibility report as it had expertise in planning and designing film cities in the, sources said.
IDA managing director Deepak Kumar Singh said the proposal for developing a film city in the state was mooted by Bihar State Film Development Corporation as local film producers, including those making Bhojpuri films, have to go to Mumbai for post-shooting part of filmmaking, i.e. dubbing, editing and other technical works. This entailed a huge cost. Development of a film city in Bihar would enable them to complete their films at a relatively lower cost.
Development of a film city has been on the agenda of the Bihar government for the last several years now. The feasibility report for a film city would be shortly submitted to the industry department, which will take the necessary follow-up action.
Asked about the other activities of IDA, Singh said his organization was constructing the building of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) near Mithapur farm in south Patna. It would be completed by March-April, 2013, when the NIFT is expected to start its classes there. It recently constructed a state-of-the-art building of the Industrial Training Institute ( ITI) for women in Digha locality in Patna. IDA, incidentally, is a nodal agency of the government for the development of infrastructure projects. It also takes up some smaller projects.
Singh said the IDA has also taken up development of super-speciality hospitals on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences on Bailey road and the Jaya Prabha hospital. But these projects are in conceptual stage, he said. Bihar State Housing Board has recently given it the job of developing a housing colony in Kankarbagh locality in Patna under public private partnership (PPP) mode. Private partner for this project has been selected, sources said.