RANCHI: The Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) in collaboration with the transport department will launch a drive from the next month to keep a strict vigil on commercial and private vehicles plying in the state to tackle the rising level of pollution. Polluting vehicles will be impounded during the drive. to be jointly carried by the transport department and the JSPCB.

JSPCB chairman Mani Shankar said, "A special pollution control campaign will be held in April to check vehicular pollution accompanied with noise pollution."

For the drive, enforcement teams will be constituted and deployed at all major intersections of the state. These units will also examine pressure horns that cause severe noise pollution and check related documents.

The teams will be deployed with pollution checking equipment which will instantly examine the pollution level. After the checking, a sticker having tamper-proof hologram will be pasted by the teams. Number of vehicles has increased 20 times since 2000 when the state was formed which has added to the air pollution to a maximum level increasing highly toxic gases in the atmosphere. District transport officer A K Singh said, "Per year near about 60,000 vehicles are registered in the city." tnn

Citing norms, he said motorists should get "pollution under control" (PUC) certificates for their vehicles after every three months, but for Euro-IV vehicles that emit less harmful gases, pollution certificate is required at an interval of a year. He added that the pollution control drive should be held every month to ensure strict compliance of the pollution control norms.

There is a provision of charging fine from the offenders who do not have a PUC certificate. DSP traffic R N Singh said, "According to the Motor Vehicles Act, if an offender does not have a PUC, he will be charged Rs 1,000 for the first time and if he repeats the offence, Rs 2,000 will be charged."

However, residents are bound to face severe consequences on health because of the rising level of pollution as the air ambient quality in the city has also deteriorated in the past few decades.

The drive will be carried out to check the rising level of pollution in the city in which the major area of focus will be on heavy vehicles like trucks and buses which add to the level of noise pollution to greater extent.

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  • Aadhaar must for land registration from Jan

    RANCHI: The state government has decided to make use of Aadhaar cards (Unique Identity Number) mandatory in registration of land from January 1, 2014.

    The decision was taken by a high-powered committee headed by chief secretary R S Sharma following a review of the land reform and revenue department.

    Sources in the land reform and revenue department said the decision to make the use of Aadhaar mandatory was taken with an aim to bring transparency in land deals.

    Till now, various identity proofs including driving licence and PAN card were accepted. All registration offices in the state will be informed about the decision and will have to strictly follow the guideline from January onward.

    "It was noticed that same land was sold by the owner to different customers by using different identity proof. From January onwards, all registration will be based on Aadhaar and so there will be no chance of duplicity," said a source.

    The chief secretary said from January everyone involved in land deal would have to produce Aadhaar card at the time of registration. Witnesses would also require to carry Aadhaar cards along with them.

    "We are confident that the new guideline will be a boon to customers who are cheated by sellers in absence of single verification system. Since the Aadhaar number is unique, no one can use it for sale or purchase of the same plot twice," said Sharma.

    Aadhaar must for land registration from Jan - The Times of India
  • Tough action against Hazaribag stone crushers

    HAZARIBAG: Having received reports of large scale illegal operation and mining in the thick forest belt of Kumardiha in Hazaribag district, DC Manish Ranjan on Tuesday directed district mining officer Narayan Ram, forest department officials and police to visit the site.

    Ranjan asked the DMO to destroy the illegal stone crushing machines and arrest the owners for not taking pollution clearance certificate, NOC and lease from the government.

    Tough action against Hazaribag stone crushers - The Times of India
  • Bokaro administration acquiring land for widening NH-23

    BOKARO: The district administration has initiated the process of land acquisition for widening of National Highway-23 (Ranchi-Bokaro) and National Highway-32 (Bokaro-Dhanbad) in the district. It is a massive project to divide the present road into four lanes.

    District administration officials have identified the plots and are in the process to acquire it. The deputy collector, land reform (DCLR), Bokaro, Sundeep Kumar, who has been entrusted with the duty to carry out the acquisition process, held several meetings with the land owners and local residents to learn about their complaints and grievances.

    Kumar said the NH-32 originates at Telmouchu and passes through Bokaro to Purulia ( West Bengal) border. It will be bifurcated into four lanes. Meanwhile, for fulfilling the long-pending demand of residents for a bye-pass connecting ITI Moad to Ukrid Moad, the administration has taken initiative to construct four lanes there.

    "We have held several talks with the land owners whose land will be acquired for the projects. There are a few hurdles which will be resolved soon," he said. Kumar also said there are few roadside temples which will have to be removed.

    Bokaro administration acquiring land for widening NH-23 - The Times of India
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  • BJP MP asks Modi to set up airport in East Singhbhum district

    JAMSHEDPUR: BJP MP from Jamshedpur Bidyut Baran Mahato has demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up an airport in the vicinity of the steel city to ensure rapid development of the mineral-rich Kolhan region.

    "During a meeting with Modi in the midst of the current session of Parliament, I had taken up the issue with him and demanded for setting up an airport in the mineral-rich East Singhbhum distirct," Mahato said.

    Mahato told a press conference development of an airport would boost the growth of region by a whopping three to four times in view of the availability of minerals including iron-ore, gold, copper and uranium.

    Mahato, who expressed dissatisfaction over the poor condition of National Highway 33, said the airport issue was discussed a couple of times with the concerned Union Aviation Minister, who had assured to give his nod if land was available for it.

    He was referring to the proposal for setting up an International Airport by Tatas in Gamariah in adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan distirct.

    As acquisiton of land was a major issue, Mahato said he had urged the Prime Minister to develop the abandoned airport in Chakulia (East Singhbhum district), about 60 km from here.

    Developed in 1942 during the World War II, the abandoned airport has a 13 km-long run way which needed small investment to improve.

    BJP MP asks Modi to set up airport in East Singhbhum district - The Times of India
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  • Jharkhand to construct 172,588 dwelling units under PM housing scheme in FY17

    To construct houses in this fiscal, Rs 1,30,000 for Maoist-affected and Rs 1,20,000 for non-Naxal-hit rural areas would be released,siad N N Sinha.
    PTI | Jun 25, 2016, 12.05 PM IST

    RANCHI: Setting a target to build five lakh houses by 2022, Jharkhand government will construct a total 1,72,588 dwelling units under the Prime Minister Housing scheme-rural in 2016/17.

    To construct houses in this fiscal, Rs 1,30,000 for Maoist-affected and Rs 1,20,000 for non-Naxal-hit rural areas would be released, an official release quoting Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, N N Sinha said here.

    A workshop has been convened on July 2 in this connection with people connected with housing construction being invited and suggestions by specialists were invited for better construction.

    In all, 17 designs for housing were prepared for different geographical areas, the release said.

    The beneficiaries would be selected on the basis of socio-economic survey, 2011, Sinha said adding, the final phase of selection would be done through the Gram Sabha.

    The beneficiaries could also appeal to a committee headed by deputy development commissioner if they were not satisfied with the Gram Sabha decision.

    Earlier the scheme was known as Indira Awas, for which Rs 70,000 used to be allotted for plain areas and Rs 75,000 for hilly and Naxal-affected areas, the release said.

    Under the scheme, the beneficiaries could build their house as per their wish and could also take loan from bank if they wanted to increase the underlined 25 square metre area, and the rural development department was in touch with state level bankers committee, Sinha said.

    The beneficiaries would also get grant of Rs 15,000 wages from MG-NREGA and Rs 12,000 for toilet construction from the Drinking and Sanitation department.

    They would also get smoke-proof stove and gas cylinder connection and electricity through solar energy.

    Under the skill development mission, the department would train 100 masons this fiscal, the release add.

    Jharkhand to construct 172,588 dwelling units under PM housing scheme in FY17 | ET RealEstate
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  • Ranchi residents confused over holding tax as RMC awaits cabinet nod

    Confusion over the exact tax amount to be paid and the complicated calculation process has left property owners in a fix

    TNN | Jul 12, 2016, 11.30 AM IST

    RANCHI: Residents will only be able to assess their properties, calculate the annual rental value (ARV) and file self-assessment form for holding tax in another 15 days.

    Confusion over the exact tax amount to be paid and the complicated calculation process has left property owners in a fix. The state government has introduced some changes in the process and will be making additional changes in the next few days.

    The form distributed by Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) around a month ago for self-assessment included a complicated annual rental value calculation process, which involved separate calculations for the different components of a home- the bedroom, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and parking space.

    Since the calculation process left property owners clueless, the state cabinet approved changes in the process and it was later decided that 70% of the total built-up area of a house will be considered the carpet area.

    Deepankar Kumar, vice-chairman of Sparrow Softech Pvt. Ltd - the company appointed by RMC to collect tax - said, "The calculation is simple. If the house is situated on the main road and is 40 ft wide or more, the owner will have to multiply 70% of the total built-up area with Rs 144. If the house is situated on a road that is 20-40 ft wide, the area has to be multiplied by Rs115. If the road is less than 20 ft wide, the carpet area has to be multiplied by Rs 86 for RCC roof construction whereas lesser rates are applicable for ACC and other construction categories."

    The amount after multiplying carpet area under the the given amount for road width will be the annual rental value, with 2% of the annual rental value charged as the holding tax.

    For instance, a house with a built-up area of 1,000 sq ft and situated on a road with a width of 20-40 ft will have an effective carpet area of 700 sq ft, while the annual rental value will be 700xRs115, amounting to Rs 80,500. Thus, the holding tax imposed will be 2% of Rs 80,500 which works up to Rs 1,610 annually.

    This, however, will be implemented only if the property owner has a proper water harvesting system installed. If not, the holding tax will increase 1.5 times.

    Kumar said, "Presently, the holding tax percentage is 2.5%, but it it is likely to be reduced to 2% in the next cabinet meeting. A change in the process and the decision to impose the new tax from April 1, 2016 will be discussed."

    These changes are likely to be approved in the next cabinet meeting, following which self-assessment will begin by August 1.

    Once self-assessment starts, property owners will be given three months to complete the process. Officials of Sparrow Softech and RMC will start their own survey thereafter.

    Ranchi residents confused over holding tax as RMC awaits cabinet nod | ET RealEstate
  • 'Sahara acquired 30 acres of forest land in Chas area'
    The matter came to light after Supreme Court on April 29 ordered Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Limited to e-auction the land.
    Divy Khare | TNN | Jul 26, 2016, 01.00 PM IST

    BOKARO: Soon after lodging a case against Electrosteel Steel Limited (ESL) for encroaching on forest land, the forest department has said that Sahara Group too acquired about 30 acres of forest land in Phudnidih in Chas.

    The matter came to light after Supreme Court on April 29 ordered Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Limited to e-auction the land and return the money to its investors. The auction process started on July, 15.

    HDFC Reality Limited has been engaged to assist in the sale of properties of Sahara India Group across the country. The company owned about 68.14 acres of land in Chas. Initiating the process, HDFC Reality approached the forest department for its clearance, said a forest officer.

    Bokaro DFO Rajender Naidu said, "During verification, about 30 acres in Phudnidih was found as a notified forest land, which was illegally transferred to Sahara in 2006. I have verbally requested DC Rai Mahimapat Ray and initiated the process of talking to HDFC to stop its auction until an inquiry is continued".

    He added, "I was surprised to see the mutation of the forest land has also been done by the company, which is a matter of investigation. An inquiry has been initiated and f any forest staff or officer is found to have connived with the company, he will face disciplinary action".

    The issue sparked off controversy as the mutation of forest land has put concerned officials of district administration in fix. The DC on Monday evening held a meeting with the DFO, additional collectorate Jugnu Minz and SDM Shashi Ranjan and other administrative officials in this regard.

    'Sahara acquired 30 acres of forest land in Chas area' | ET RealEstate
  • Property tax assessment to begin in Ranchi today Municipal commissioner Prashant Kumar said, "We have brought several changes in the rules and have made the calculation procedure for assessment easier."Kelly Kislaya | TNN | November 09, 2016, 14:30 IST

    RANCHI: Ranchi Municipal Corporation will launch a campaign for assessment of holding tax on Wednesday. At present, there are around 2.5 lakh properties in the RMC's area, of which only one lakh are registered and have holding numbers. The assessment was supposed to begin in May this year, but was delayed after demands of amendments in the Jharkhand Municipal Property Tax (assessment, collection and recovery) Rules, 2013.

    Municipal commissioner Prashant Kumar said, "We have brought several changes in the rules and have made the calculation procedure for assessment easier." A major point amended is the date of implementations of the rules. Earlier, the date of implementation was supposed to be April 1, 2014 which has been changed to April 1, 2016.

    The calculation of carpet area of a property has also been simplified after amendment. Now the carpet area would be considered as 80% of the built up area for non- residential properties and 70% for residential properties. This apart, the holding tax has been reduced from 2.5% to 2% annually.

    "There have been changes in the rules for water harvesting as well. Earlier, every house was supposed to have a water harvesting structure, but now rain water harvesting has been made optional for houses having area of less than 300sq.mt. Houses that have an area above 300sq.mt have to get water harvesting system installed at their houses by March 31, 2017, else they will have to pay 1.5 times holding tax as a fine," said Kumar.

    The self-assessment form can be filled online on RMC website or at one of the three Jan Suvidha Kendras of RMC. This apart, around 200 employees of Sparrow Softech Pvt. Ltd., the company outsourced by RMC for tax collection, will visit door to door and distribute the forms and an information booklet.Kumar said, "After filling up the form, people can call up on the toll free number and ask Sparrow employees to come over and upload it on the website. Once the form is uploaded, computer will calculate the property value and tax and after being approved by the owner of property it will be uploaded on the database and owner would be given an acknowledgement slip on spot."

    After getting the acknowledgment slip, property owner has to pay the taxes for which a payment receipt will also be given to them on spot. The property owner has to submit three basic documents, including photo copy of ID proof, photo of property owner and copy of electricity bill, along with supporting documents like property deed, partition papers or others.

    These papers would be sent to the assistant revenue officer of RMC who would check and upload the documents.


  • Jharkhand amends pro-tribal land laws amid protests The amendment will now allow transfer of agriculture land, owned by tribals, and put it for non-agricultural use, besides allowing the government to take possession of the land for state development projects.November 24, 2016, 14:30 IST

    RANCHI: The Raghubar Das government on Wednesday finally managed to pass the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act amendment bill 2016 through voice vote amid protests on Wednesday. The house was soon adjourned sin-e-die thereafter.

    The amendment will now allow transfer of agriculture land, owned by tribals, and put it for non-agricultural use, besides allowing the government to take possession of the land for state development projects.

    While chief minister Raghubar Das accused the opposition of avoiding a debate and degrading the dignity of parliamentary democracy, leader of opposition Hemant Soren counter-charged the government of misusing its majority in the house. "The speaker convened the meeting of the legislative party leaders twice in his chamber to ensure that the proceedings were conducted smoothly but the opposition was not ready to participate in the debate and they continued to disrupt the house," Das said, expressing disappointment over the way opposition members resorted to 'un parliamentary' behaviour.

    To protest the bill passage, for the first time, shoes were hurled at speaker Dinesh Oraon and those present in the treasury benches in the house. Several MLAs climbed up the assembly reporters table, broke chairs and hurled wheels (of the chair) on Oraon , who barely managed to escape unhurt.


  • Ranchi houses to get 15-digit unique numbers The UID will provide the address, type of construction, number of floors, purpose of use, whether residential or commercial and much more.TNN | January 02, 2017, 15:40 IST

    RANCHI: Holding numbers of houses under the Ranchi Municipal Area will soon be replaced with unique identification numbers. The 15-digit UID will be issued following self-assessment of property by the end of February.

    Additional municipal commissioner Bidyanand Sharma Pankaj said, "The self-assessment will help us prepare a complete database of houses under the RMC area. Once that is done, we will provide a UID to every house. We will upload the same on the UID on RMC website to ensure that the landlord or owner has access to every detail of their house."

    The UID will provide the address, type of construction, number of floors, purpose of use, whether residential or commercial and much more. Every UID will have the house number and codes for streets and wards, making it easier for RMC officials to locate any house.

    "The UID number will help RMC in tax assessment of any given property and at the same time, will help people to pay their property tax online by just entering their UID in the RMC website," Sharma said.

    Once a house is allotted the UID, the owner will not have to carry property-related documents with him anywhere. "One can just open the website, enter the UID and get a printout of the complete property details. However, this also makes the number very vulnerable and it should not be shared with anyone," Sharma said.

    The self-assessment of properties began in November and will end in February. Following this, RMC officials and private company Sparrow Infratech Ltd will visit every household to check the assessment done by individuals.

    At present, there are around 2.5 lakh households in the city, of which only one lakh are registered with RMC.

    Meanwhile, the RMC has also been directly linked with the Ranchi Registry office. As a result, none of the property transaction will be hidden from the RMC and as soon as a property is registered, the RMC will provide a UID to the same.


  • Jharkhand govt offers real estate to attract investors ahead of summit The new decision comes as an alternative for the Das government to create a land bank to woo investors.Dhritiman Ray | TNN | January 20, 2017, 14:00 IST

    RANCHI: The state government will allot non-cultivable land under its possession to prospective investors willing to set up their units here. Sunil Kumar Burnwal, additional chief secretary of state industries, mines and geology department, on Thursday said the government has identified approximately 1 lakh hectares of non-cultivable land in possession of various state government departments.

    The new decision comes as an alternative for the Das government to create a land bank to woo investors. The government's efforts to acquire land for industries have been mired in controversies. The state currently has a land bank of 1,500 acres.

    "We have identified non-cultivable lands because they are easily available with us and they are being transferred to Jharkhand Industrial Area Development Authority (JIADA). We have already allotted some to those who have approached us. It is also free of problems," Burnwal told media persons in Project Building on Thursday.

    With less than a month to go for its maiden global investment summit in Ranchi, the industries department also acknowledged that land acquisition continued to remain a problem in mineral-rich Jharkhand but several initiatives like digitization of land records are being done to ease the process.

    The industries department said seven ministers of the Union cabinet including Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani, Jayant Sinha, Sudarshan Bhagat and Nirmala Sitharaman will be present in the two day summit, which will be held in Ranchi's Mega Sports Complex on February 16 and 17.

    Besides the Union cabinet ministers, ambassadors from 25 countries are expected to be present alongside trade and commerce delegations from Sudan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and China. Burnwal said invitations have been sent to chief ministers and chief secretaries of every state. Besides ministers and foreign delegates, the heads of front running corporate houses like Reliance, Tata Sons, Jindal, Adani and Ruia Group have also been invited.

    The state government said preparations are going on for the summit. Three state of the art conference centres, VIP lounges, media centres and meeting centres will be commissioned in the Mega Sports Complex. Three national flags will be put on 100-feet high flag masts at the Project Building, summit centre and the airport. The state capital will be given a clean look and all approach routes to Khelgaon will be repaired and improved.

    The state government is also conducting meetings with various trade and commerce bodies, auto-rickshaw and taxi driver associations to seek their cooperation in presenting a 'positive image of the state' to investors during the summit, Burnwal said.