Will Bihar be the preferred real estate destination ever?

The real estate in Bihar has lately given some hope of resurgence. People are becoming more aware of their rights (the latest demonstration was their use of voting powers to call for a change of power) and wants to be a part of the developmental boom as in the rest of India. An 'Investment commision' has been formed which will look into facilitating Bihar's development and to promoting it as an investment destination'.

The state is under a process of image building for an investor-friendly state. It promises certain advantages over already developed states in terms of cheap real estate prices, limited labour-related issues and a large educated manpower at nearly one-third the cost compared to Tier I and II cities. However, Bihar is still to go miles before it does some significant improvement in infrastructure, socio-economic backwardness, and law and order.

Will the interests shown by so many of biggies like Tata Group, MaxHealthCare and ICICI translate into actual investment in Bihar?
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  • Interim terminal building at Darbhanga soon Piyush Tripathi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated bidding process to rope in a firm for construction of new terminal building at Darbhanga airstrip. Regional flights are proposed to be launched from Darbhanga to places like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru under Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme of Union civil aviation ministry.

    AAI officials said the proposed terminal building would be a temporary and mostly pre-fabricated structure. “It will be an interim terminal building comprising porta cabin arrival and departure areas, security hold area, VIP lounges with the provision of toilet blocks in each lounge and allied facilities. The terminal building would be fitted with LED Ligthts, airconditioners and fire alarm system among other utilities,” Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said.

    The terminal building would be made ready in six months utilizing funds to the tune of Rs9.67crore, he added.

    Earlier, low cost airlines SpiceJet was awarded a letter to operate flights from Darbhanga to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai in January under Udan scheme under which fares are capped at Rs2,500 for one-hour flights. The scheme is to connect unserved and underserved airports in the country.

    Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha had said on February 12 in Patna that flights would start operating from Darbhanga airbase within the next six months. The Darbhanga airstrip is owned by Indian Air Force (IAF) and a civil enclave or terminal building along with ATC (air traffic control) tower, parking apron and cargo among other facilities are required to be provided for commencement of commercial flight operations.

    Sources said the runway at Darbhanga is at least 8,000 feet long in which aircraft like A-320, extensively used by domestic carriers, can easily operate. “We had demanded 50 acre land from state government to develop a permanent terminal building. But only 5-6 acre land is being provided as of now. Accordingly, interim terminal building is being developed for the time being,” Lahauria said.

    Incidentally, the state government is keen to commence commercial flight operations from Darbhanga as well as Purnia airstrips, both controlled by IAF. Sources said the state government is already acquiring 50 acre land at Purnia for civil enclave and other facilities with funds to the tune of Rs 21crore.

    There are 21 airfields in Bihar out of Bihta, Purnia and Darbhanga are controlled by the IAF. Nine others are in the category of ‘kachha and abandoned’ airfields, including at Jehanabad and Ara. The remaining are under the category of metalled runways having airstrips made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC).

    Officials in civil aviation directorate said airstrips at Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Birpur, Valmiki Nagar, Rajgir and Gopalganj are also proposed to be developed under Udan scheme.

  • ‘Provide details on RERA website’ Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 02:00 IST
    PATNA: With a view to safeguard property buyers from fraudulent real estate developers, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, has asked promoters and developers to provide the requisite information on its official website by May 31.

    The information to be put include the number of projects in which bookings of flats or plots of land have been made, number of bookings made in each project not launched yet or delayed by more than three years and the amount of payments or advances received in each such project.

    RERA officials said the notice was issued on May 18 following receipt of complaints against a few real estate firms for providing incorrect information about their ongoing projects, taking money in advance and not completing the projects even after five years. Sources said RERA (Bihar) has received applications for total 364 projects, out of which 29 have been registered so far.

    “We have received a number of complaints against some builders that they have been handling dozens of projects at a time while none have been completed even after 3-5 years, though significant sums had been collected by them, causing huge discomfort and anxiety among the consumers. In terms of section 35 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 and section 24 of the Bihar Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, all promoters and developers in Bihar are directed to furnish the requisite information to safeguard the interest of the customers,” RERA (Bihar) chairman Afzal Amanullah said.

    Section 24 of RERA Rules 2017 states that promoter, allottee and real estate agent should furnish in writing such information or explanation or produce such documents within reasonable time, as it may deem necessary.

    “The RERA was introduced with an aim to bring more transparency in the existing system and protect the interest of home buyers. The new system will eradicate non-serious developers from the market,” said Amanullah, adding as majority of developers have registered their ongoing projects in the state with RERA in urban areas, the residents can heave a sigh of relief.


  • Heavy vehicles will not ply on Gandhi setu from today Piyush Tripathi| TNN | May 21, 2018, 03:44 IST

    Patna: Movement of heavy vehicles on the dilapidated Mahatma Gandhi Setu will be prohibited from Monday. Buses will, however, be allowed to ply on the bridge, which is undergoing rehabilitation.

    “Trucks carrying sand and stone aggregates and other heavy vehicles having more than 12 wheels will not be allowed to ply on the bridge from Monday,” Patna DM Kumar Ravi told TOI on Sunday. Such vehicles – mostly trucks and tractors – will now use either the newly constructed Ara-Chhapra bridge or the Rajendra Setu at Mokama.

    Patna traffic SP P N Mishra said posters and banners would be put up at different places on the approach roads leading to Gandhi setu to inform commuters about the restrictions.

    The decision to prohibit heavy vehicles on the bridge has been taken following a recent meeting convened by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj and SPs of Vaishali, Saran and Bhojpur districts had also attended t he meeting.

    Road construction minister Nand Kishor Yadav said agencies looking after the rehabilitation of the 35-year-old bridge had recommended restriction of movement of heavy vehicles on it.

    “As vehicles from both sides are using the eastern flank since commencement of rehabilitation work on the bridge in February last year, gaps between different spans on that flank have widened. Accordingly, it had been recommended that heavy vehicles should not be allowed to ply on the bridge until the completion of the rehabilitation work,” the minister added.

    While heavy vehicles have been barred from using the bridge, private vehicles and auto-rickshaws can use the pontoon bridge underneath the Setu even at night. “Round-the-clock vehicular movement on the pontoon bridge has already started. Lights have been installed underneath the Setu for this purpose,” the Patna DM said.

  • ‘Railway minister assures transfer of Digha rail line land to state’ TNN | Updated: May 21, 2018, 07:04 IST

    PATNA: Railway minister Piyush Goyal has assured Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi to complete the formalities soon for the transfer of Digha-Patna rail line land to the state government for construction of a four-lane road on it.

    In a press release on Sunday, Modi said he met Goyal in New Delhi on Saturday and requested him to transfer the land to state government. The issue has been pending since 2009. Modi said the rail track is 150 years old and exists on 71.25 acre land.

    The strip of land is almost 40 metres wide on which a passenger train is plied twice per day despite the fact that the railways suffers huge financial losses every year. According to records submitted before the Patna high court in an ongoing PIL for a four-lane road on the land, railways coughs up Rs6.07 lakh monthly on maintenance of the track while earns Rs7,800 only per month. Only 47 tickets are sold daily and at least Rs72 lakh is spent by railways on this track annually.

    The transfer of land had hit a roadblock after the state government recently conducted a survey on the high court’s order and estimated the piece of land to be worth Rs221 crore while railways, in an earlier survey, had fixed Rs896.29 crore as its price. Records submitted in the HC indicate that railway officials were ready to transfer the land, but not before payment of the price evaluated by them.

    However, state government said the land being a long strip can neither be used for commercial nor residential purposes.

    Modi said if the road comes up on the said strip of land in near future, the distance between Digha and R-Block would come down by almost two kilometres. He said commuters would save lots of time and residents of Serpentine Road, Boring Canal Road, Shivpuri, Rajeev Nagar and some other localities would avail easy transportation to Digha and R-Block. He said once this road is built, pressure on Bailey Road would also decrease.

  • Big vehicles banned on Mahatma Gandhi Setu TNN | Updated: May 22, 2018, 06:31 IST
    The movement of heavy vehicles on Mahatma Gandhi Setu was banned from Monday. (File photo)

    PATNA: The movement of heavy vehicles on Mahatma Gandhi Setu was banned from Monday. All trucks and tractors carrying sand and stone aggregates were diverted from zero mile to either Rajendra Setu at Mokama or Ara-Chhapra bridge.

    “In pursuance of a letter issued by the Patna DM’s office on Sunday, heavy trucks carrying sand, stone aggregates and other material have been prohibited on Gandhi setu from Monday,” an order issued by Patna traffic SP PN Mishra stated.

    The order further stated that even tractors and medium-weight vehicles would remain prohibited on the bridge from 8 to 11am and 5 to 8pm. Gas and milk tankers would be allowed to ply on the dilapidated bridge from 11pm till 5am. The pontoon bridge parallel to Gandhi setu would remain open round-the-clock for vehicular movement.

    Heavy vehicles are already not allowed on the JP Setu rail-cum-road bridge connecting Digha to Sonepur across the Ganga.

    All such orders have been issued in pursuance of the decisions taken in a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on May 14. It was decided in the meeting to lower vehicular load on Gandhi setu, which has been undergoing rehabilitation since February last as the gap between different spans on its eastern flank was found to have widened.


  • Foot overbridges, escalators at 10 junctions TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner and Patna Smart City Limited chairman Anand Kishore on Monday inspected the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bungalow square, Gandhi Maidan intersection near St Xavier’s School and Kargil Chowk for the purpose of construction of foot overbridges under the first phase of Smart City project.

    Kishore said 10 prominent junctions of the city would have foot overbridges. “The IT roundabout, Dak Bungalow square and Kargil Chowk will also have escalators,” he said.

    Kishore directed officials to work on the Dak Bungalow crossing beautification, including installation of a fountain and modernisation of footpaths.

    Prioritising the needs of schoolchildren, Kishore said, “There will be only one foot overbridge at St Xavier’s School that will rise from the school gate and fall on road’s opposite side. The interiors of the overbridge will comprise of themes for children.”

    Kishore said Kargil Chowk would undergo maximum changes, including beautification work and re-designing of the small park near the square. There will be six foot overbridges and six escalators at this location.

  • 15 more parks to get open gym, kids’ zone Ayesha Hassan| TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Fifteen parks located in Kankerbagh and Rajendra Nagar localities will soon get open gyms and separate children zones.

    “We are in the process of developing a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed open gyms and children zones in 15 parks. Construction work is likely to begin in October after the monsoon season ends,” Patna’s divisional forest officer Hemant Patil said on Monday and added the proposed facilities would be ready by next year.

    As of now, no entry fee has been finalized. “The 15 parks are located in residential areas. Asking for entry fees does not seem feasible,” Patil told this reporter.

    According to sources, Patna has altogether 70 parks. The newly created Patna park division, which is responsible for development of parks along with the beautification and landscaping of roads in the New Capital area, has acquired 44 parks for maintenance. It will take over the remaining 26 parks by next month.

    “Earlier, the parks were under various departments that were unable to carry out proper maintenance of the park as per standard operating procedures as they had little knowledge of horticulture or forestry. Besides, there was no availability of drinking water facilities and lights,” Patil said, adding proper water supply would be ensured in the parks.

    Patna district magistrate Kumar Ravi had recently directed the divisional forest officer to conduct plantation drives in all the parks while DSP (law and order) was asked to remove encroachments from city parks.


  • Civic body’s board to meet tomorrow TNN | May 22, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The residents of state capital are likely to face inconvenience over the next couple of months following the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) decision recently to suspend the contract of two agencies which had been entrusted with the task of door-to-door garbage collection in the city.

    Sources said PMC seems undecided whether to get door-to-door garbage collection done by its own sanitation staff or outsource the work till a new firm is finalized. “PMC has 4,000 sanitation workers, including permanent and daily wagers. As of now, 100 sanitation workers are collecting garbage from five wards across the city. We are yet to decide whether the PMC sanitation workers should collect garbage or the work be outsourced,” Patna mayor Sita Sahu told this newspaper on Sunday.

    She, however, said the work would most likely be outsourced. Working on public-private partnership (PPP) mode, Nishka Security and Intelligence Services and Patheya People’s Association for Total Help and Youth Applause were engaged for garbage collection across the city in 2017. However, PMC’s standing committee on Saturday suspended their contract on charges of irregularities in discharging their duties, she said.

    Deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The companies failed to perform the assigned duties properly. We discovered that the companies were covering only about 30% houses under door-to-door garbage collection despite taking over the charge of waste management a year ago. We were getting complaints from the residents about irregular garbage collection and improper disposal of waste.”

    Anand said for carrying out work in a systematic manner, PMC would ensure that the next company to be hired should carry out garbage collection in an ideal manner. “It will take two to three months to complete the process of hiring a new firm. However, major decisions regarding the establishment of alternate solutions for this would be taken by the PMC board in its meeting on May 23,” he said.

    Residents on the other hand cited unawareness about door-to-door garbage collection. “We have always been giving our garbage to private sweepers because the PMC’s garbage collectors were not regular. Neither PMC ever ensured that the authorized collectors are collecting garbage from locals or not. Meanwhile, private sweepers clean the streets and collect the garbage daily without a gap,” said Archisha Patki of Boring Canal Road area.


  • Foot overbridges, escalators at 10 junctions TNN | Updated: May 22, 2018, 13:11 IST
    Patna divisional commissioner cum chairman Patna Smart City Ltd. Anand Kishore the Income Tax roundabout, Dak... Read More

    PATNA: Patna divisional commissioner and Patna Smart City Limited chairman Anand Kishore on Monday inspected the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bungalow square, Gandhi Maidan intersection near St Xavier’s School and Kargil Chowk for the purpose of construction of foot overbridgesunder the first phase of Smart City project.

    Kishore said 10 prominent junctions of the city would have foot overbridges. “The IT roundabout, Dak Bungalow square and Kargil Chowk will also have escalators,” he said.

    Kishore directed officials to work on the Dak Bungalow crossing beautification, including installation of a fountain and modernisation of footpaths. Prioritising the needs of schoolchildren, Kishore said, “There will be only one foot overbridge at St Xavier’s School that will rise from the school gate and fall on road’s opposite side. The interiors of the overbridge will comprise of themes for children.”
    Kishore said Kargil Chowk would undergo maximum changes, including beautification work and re-designing of the small park near the square. There will be six foot overbridges and six escalators at this location.


  • Patna airport fails to satisfy flyers Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 23, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: Bumper passenger traffic and rapid growth of city Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport notwithstanding, the overall satisfaction of flyers has plunged over the last two consecutive quarters, the latest report based on Airports Service Quality (ASQ) survey said.

    The overall passenger satisfaction at Patna airport slipped by 0.04 points, from 4.55 points in October-December quarter in 2017 to 4.51 in January to March period this year, the survey conducted by the Airports Council International (ACI) said.

    ACI-ASQ survey is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at airports on their day of travel. Every year, it measures passengers’ views on 33 key service parameters and identified services. The ACI, which is headquartered in Geneva, has been conducting these surveys for the past five years.

    Of the 33 parameters used for the rating, the Patna airport’s performance declined on 22, including parking facilities, waiting time in queues, the efficiency of the check-in staff, courtesy and helpfulness of the airline staff and waiting time at the security check area.

    The airport has, however, scored well in areas like flight information screens, waiting time at security inspection, ease of making connections with other flights, walking distance inside the terminal, courtesy and helpfulness of check-in staff and inspection staff, feeling of being safe and secure, thoroughness of security inspection, cleanliness of bathrooms and toilets and the overall ambience.

    The first quarter survey this year gave poor points to Patna airport in availability of bank or ATM facilities or money changers, internet access or Wi-Fi, speed of baggage delivery and ground transportation to and from the airport, among others.

    Patna airport officials said a temporary fabricated structure with a seating capacity of 300 passengers has been put up in front of the terminal building. The visitors’ area and security hold area inside the terminal building have the capacity to accommodate 600 people at a time.

    Birju Singh, a frequent flyer, said it becomes impossible to stand in waiting area or inside the terminal during day hours. “However, the passenger flow is good at morning and night hours. The airport really needs a new and big terminal to accommodate all the passengers at a time. To avoid hassle, I usually reach the airport 25-20 minutes earlier than the scheduled flight time,” said Singh, a resident of Boring Canal Road.

    Another passenger Danish Haque said, “I am happy that the airport has improved some basic facilities. With the installation of flight information screen, it is easy to know when the flights got delayed rather than running from pillar to post to inquire about that.”

  • PMC to install 375 submersible pumps in city TNN | May 24, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board, in its meeting on Wednesday, approved installation of at least 375 submersible pumps in all 75 wards of the city. The meet was chaired by Patna mayor Sita Sahu.

    “In a bid to address the problem of water scarcity during the summer season, the PMC will install submersible pumps in all the wards at a cost of Rs 15 lakh. The installation work is expected to start soon,” said mayor Sita Sahu.

    It was also decided in the meeting that on every Monday and Thursday, PMC officials would submit ward-wise reports to municipal commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad regarding the progress of ongoing drainage cleaning work till June 15.

    Sahu said a new firm would be appointed for carrying out door-to-door garbage collection work in the next standing committee meeting.

    13 wards to get LED street lights soon:

    The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) will begin the work of replacing the existing sodium vapour street lights with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) ones in 13 wards of Patna from May 26. A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board on Wednesday.

    According to civic body officials, the survey for installation of approximately 50,000 LED street lights and poles has been conducted in wards 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 20, 25, 27, 37 and 38. Electric poles will also be installed on several streets as per the survey.

    Sahu said, “The installation of LED street lights on Bailey Road will also commence from May 26.”

  • High sand prices: Vendors warned Abhay Singh| TNN | May 24, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: The mines and geology department (MGD) on Wednesday maintained that the official rate of ‘yellow sand’ sold anywhere in the state is in the range of Rs3,200-4,100 per CFT and action would be taken against the vendors found charging more than that from consumers.

    The department also maintained that no royalty would be charged on the earth dug up for private use by people on a chunk of land. However, the royalty would continue to be charged on earth dug up for commercial use. The department maintained that the mineral prospecting work done in parts of the state has indicated that coal blocs were available in Bhagalpur district, besides platinum in Gaya, magnetite (iron ore) in Jamui and potash in Aurangabad districts.

    MGD minister Vinod Kumar Singh and department’s principal secretary Atul Prasad, along with other senior officials, on Wednesday, gave an update on the achievements and activities of the department after the government took drastic steps last year to check illegal sand mining in 29 districts.

    The steps had led to scarcity of sand for most parts of the year and the sand price had increased to Rs9,000 per CFT. It put a brake on construction activities, resulting in general unemployment of labourers in the construction and mining sectors.

    “The official rate of yellow sand is in the range of Rs3,200-Rs 4,100 per CFT and the department will take action against those vendors found charging more,” Prasad said.

    He, however, said the sand price in UP is more, which results in its smuggling from the bordering districts of Bihar and scarcity in those areas. Prasad said the department is conducting a general survey of the actual situation to take the required follow-up action.

    Singh said the crackdown on illegal mining of yellow sand had yielded increased revenue to the department. The revenue returns during the 2017-18 fiscal has been Rs1,002.83 crore against the target of Rs1,350 crore. The revenue in 2016-17 was Rs994.10 crore and the target for 2018-19 has been fixed at Rs1,600 crore.

    The minister said the new sand mining and marketing system would stabilize, adding that hard wired GPS devices fixed to the vehicles would help in high-tech monitoring and surveillance of sand transportation.

    Prasad said the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon satellite mapping of the basin of the yellow sand-yielding rivers would be done every year to ascertain the quantum of sand deposited during the monsoon season.

    Since the vehicle transporting sand from the pit is issued the receipt of the quantity carried, the method gives an idea of the total sand mining done and also of the volume of the state’s sand reserve that would remain unsold, Prasad said.

  • Gaya civic body asked to desilt drains by June 10 TNN | May 24, 2018, 01:00 IST

    GAYA: District magistrate Abhishek Singh has directed the civic body officials of Gaya, Tekari and Sherghati to get the main drains desilted before the onset of monsoon.

    Monsoon in Gaya normally arrives by June 15 and hence June 10 has been set as the deadline for completion of desilting and cleaning job.

    The DM also reviewed the sanitary condition of the district on Tuesday. The officials have also been directed to use JCB machines for desilting of major drains. In case, manual job was imperative, the sanitary staff has to be equipped with protective gears. A few years back, two sanitary staff of the Gaya Municipal Corporation got washed away in the process of removing a drain blockade.

    Rainy season in Gaya town is invariably marred by road blockades and protests against water logging in areas like Durga Bari, Haridas Chatterjee lane and Bari Road.

    Civic body officials have also been directed to get the silt immediately removed from the site. Due to a delay in silt removal from the worksite, it gets back to the drains due to rain and slope. Bottom Nala is the major problematic drain of the city.

    According to a press release issued by the district public relations officer, the DM has said that physical verification of the desilting or cleaning work will be done.

  • HC ‘no’ to bail plea of toilet scam accused

    PATNA: The Patna high court on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of Bihta block motivating coordinator Sanjay Kumar. Kumar is an accused in the Rs15 crore toilet scam that surfaced in Patna in November last year.

    Additional public prosecutor Ajay Mishra submitted during the hearing before the bench of Justice Prakash Chandra Jaiswal that public health engineering department (PHED) cashier Biteshwar Prasad Singh had handed over Rs38 lakh to Sanjay, but “Sanjay prepared a fake list of beneficiaries to show that the money for constructing toilets had been disbursed to them”.

    He said Biteshwar, in his confessional statement, told the police that he had paid money to Sanjay. “PHED executive engineer Vinay Kumar Sinha and NGO Adi Shakti Seva Sansthan’s president Suman Kumari had also connived with Sanjay,” he said.

    The FIR in connection with the scam was lodged with the Gandhi Maidan police station on November 2 last year for embezzlement of Rs15 crore of central government’s funds meant for toilet construction.

    The scam took place between May and June 23 last year and the entire scam amount was disbursed to different NGOs by Vinay and Biteshwar against the central government’s norms not to rope in NGOs for toilet construction.

    Patna police sources said 27 scam accused, including Vinay and Biteshwar, were behind bars and ten were still evading arrests while the high court had stayed the arrest of seven accused.

    “Last week on different dates, Shanti BH Training Centre’s president Arun Kumar, Paliganj block motivating coordinator Bunti Kumar and Suman’s brother Ajay Kumar surrendered before special vigilance court in Patna while PHED data operator Tarkeshwar Prasad’s father Ramlochan Prasad was arrested from Khagaul,” sources said.

    They said Tarkeshwar had transferred Rs5 lakh of the scam amount into his father’s bank account. “Tarkeshwar is also behind bars,” sources said, adding 22 accused had been chargesheeted till now in the case.

    Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/hc-no-to-bail-plea-of-toilet-scam-accused/articleshow/64293796.cms
  • Nitish Kumar lays stone of Rs 880 crore schemes

    PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday laid foundation of four schemes worth Rs880 crore of water resources department through remote control from an official function held at the higher secondary school, Saraigah, in Supaul district.

    The schemes are meant for flood protection works in Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts.

    Addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation stones, the CM said he had been informed by the water resources department that these schemes would benefit a population of around 1 crore in the five districts and ensure protection from floods in nearly 10 lakh hectares. The CM said the new projects would benefit people in many assembly constituencies.

    Nitish said works related to strengthening and raising the heights of embankments, strengthening of Kosi canals and repair of roads on the embankments and canals would be undertaken under these schemes. He hoped that all the four schemes would be completed within the stipulated period.

    Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/cm-lays-stone-of-rs-880-crore-schemes/articleshow/64293734.cms