Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday took strong exception to the controversy over the site for Indian Institute of Techonolgy at Bihta on the outskirts of the state capital.
“I do not know about the politician out to scuttle the project which is in state’s interest but after Union HRD minister, Arjun Singh told him in 2006 that an IIT had been cleared for the state, I had assured him full cooperatipon,” the chief minister said.
“The state government agreed to provide 500 acres of land free of cost to the ministry for setting up of the institute and a five-member committee headed by HRD Joint Secretary Ravi Mathu after viisting the site in a letter to the state government in August last had approved the site,” he said.
The site selection committee had said the state government would have to gurantee that the area was made free from water logging.
The state government after getting a go ahead signal from the site selection committee gave the contract to Roorkee engineering college for preparing the hydrological profile of the site to make the area free from waterlogging and provide other facilities.
“I do not not know who is against the Bihar IIT but I’ll raise the issue through proper channel and at the right place,” Kumar told reporters at the sidelines of the Janata Durbar.