Patna: Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary of India Durga Shankar Mishra on Saturday paid a visit to the Chief Minister's residence in Patna where the two discussed a number of issues related to urban development in Bihar and the housing issues related to the ever-growing population of the state.

Despite having been said dozens of times in the past 12 years by one state official or another, Bihar Principal Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs Chaitanya Prasad once again repeated the canard that Patna's Metro DPR would be ready within a month, a claim made by various Bihar ministers and senior bureaucrats.

"Once it is ready, it would be sent to the Central government for its approval," Prasad said to which the Chief Minister urged Mishra to help pass the DPR at the earliest so Bihar could move ahead with the plan.

The topic of smart city also came up during today's meeting when Kumar asked Mishra to increase funding for Bihar so work on various projects under the smart city plan could be initiated without further delay.

Mishra, doing his part, praised the Chief Minister for his 'Seven Resolve' initiative said the goals were very noble and also quite reachable within the set timeframe.

As always, Kumar was accompanied by his trusted state bureaucrats like Chanchal Kumar, Atish Chandra, Manish Kumar Verma and Gopal Singh.

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