Banka site to turn a tourist spot: Nitish Kumar

PATNA/BANKA: CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday visited the recently discovered archaeological site on the banks of Chanan river in Banka district and declared that the site located at Bhadaria village under Amarpur block would be developed into a tourist spot.
He also said the Chanan river’s course prior to 1995 would be revived and the current stream would be diverted towards the old course so that the works of mining and investigation at the site could be carried in a proper way.
Earlier in the day, the CM accompanied by the state’s water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary visited the historical site and issued relevant instructions to the officials of Banks district administration.
The archeological importance of the site came into limelight during the Chhath Puja in November this year after some villagers, in the process of making ghats for the Chhath Puja, uncovered some ancient-age bricks and structures made of bricks.
“After the discovery of the bricks from the bed of the river, some local people and the local MLA informed me about the development. Subsequently, a team of archaeological experts visited the site and informed me about the findings. Now, it has been established that it is a historical place. Local people are also aware that Lord Buddha had visited this place. As per initial studies, the remains found here are 2,600 years old,” Nitish told media persons near Bhadaria village after visiting the archaeological site.
The CM said, a joint team of archaeological experts and the Banka district administration is working to investigate the importance of the remains uncovered from the river bed. “Proper mining work at this archeological site will be carried out so that people of not only Bihar but across the world can get important information about the ancient age,” the CM said after visiting the site.
The CM also announced proper development around the dam on Chanan river.