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Supreme Court Stays the Demolition of Patna’s famous Collectorate building

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2020 3:10am

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The apex court stayed the demolition of Patna’s famous Collectorate building also known as “Afim Ka Bhandar”. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A.Bobde issued notice and directed the Bihar government to maintain the status quo regarding the aforesaid building till the plea against its demolition is decided by the apex court. The petition was filed on the Supreme Court challenging the Bihar HC judgment, delivered on September 1st, 2020. The HC judgment gave to the government for demolishing the building. The building is over 200 years old and was built by Dutch traders for the purpose of storing opium and Shora (Saltpeter). Post-independence the building was maintained by the district administration for government offices and this fact is crystal clear from the report dated May 3rd, 2016, which was made by experts and was headed by the Director of Archeology, Bihar. 

The Government of Bihar took a step of building Patna as the ‘Smart City’ and for this particular building, the plan was to demolish it and to build it as a complex, a one-stop place, bringing efficiency in the administration. The plan is to spend One Hundred and Forty Crore and to make it a Modern Collectorate building having all the modern facilities and amenities. 

The Patna High Court had basically two issues in front of it (1) whether the action of the Government violates provisions of the Bihar Urban Planning and Development Act, 2012 (2) whether the action of the government in developing the site as a… Continue Reading...


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