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    Move to convert wet waste into compost

    TNN | Feb 24, 2018, 01:00 IST
    ARA: In its attempt to make Ara a clean and green city, the Ara Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to adopt the latest solid waste management technologies and make compost out of wet waste, such as fruit and vegetable peels and leftover cooked food.

    The AMC has also proposed to recycle inorganic waste, such as plastic, metal or paper and earn handsome profit in the process. AMC officials said Ara would be the second town in Bihar after Muzaffarpur to generate compost from wet waste.

    AMC has entered into an agreement with a solid waste management company – Harit Recyclers’ Association – for the purpose of making compost out of wet waste and recycling inorganic waste. The firm will provide its technical support for the project besides doing monitoring, supporting and designing work.

    AMC city manager Shekhar Kumar Prasad said more than six municipal wards have been selected in the first phase, where wet waste will be used to generate compost, which will be rich in plant nutrients and help the farmers in getting the top soil of the plant healthy.

    “The detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared and the work will begin from second week of March. The space for making compost pits is being identified in different wards,” Shekhar said, adding residents in the municipal area will also be made aware about segregation of dry and wet waste in their home, before handing it over to the garbage collectors.

    Shekhar said 120 tonnes of waste is generated daily in AMC area, out of which 60 tonnes are wet waste, which will be used for generating compost.

    Calling trash “black gold”, Harit Recyclers’ Association secretary Shashi Bhushan Pandit said, “When properly segregated, trash can fetch handsome profit for municipal corporation. The municipal corporation can in fact earn Rs7.5 per kg by selling manure made from the wet waste. As far as inorganic or dry waste is concerned, sky is the limit if properly recycled or segregated at the source. For instance, human hair is sold at Rs 3,000 per kg and animal bones at Rs 50 per kg.”

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      Vacate bungalows in a fortnight, ex-mins told

      TNN | Mar 1, 2018, 02:00 IST PATNA: The Patna high court on Wednesday ordered eight former ministers to vacate within a fortnight the ministerial bungalows allotted to them during the Grand Alliance government in the state.

      The eight former ministers are Chandrika Rai, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Abdul Ghafoor, Shiv Chandra Ram, Anita Devi, Chandrashekhar Singh, Alok Mehta and Vijay Prakash Yadav. They had moved the high court against the NDA government’s notices to vacate their ministerial bungalows.

      Justice Sudhir Singh, after hearing all parties, had reserved the order on February 5. While pronouncing the judgement on Wednesday, Justice Singh ordered the competent authorities of the state assembly to consider the representations of the former ministers and allot them new quarters according to their entitlement within 60 days. The court simultaneously disposed of the writ petition.

      Advocate general Lalit Kishore, who represented the state government in the case, said the court also stated that all petitioners were allotted ministerial bungalows in their capacity in the earlier government and they would have to vacate the quarters as they ceased to be ministers.

      The petitioners were allotted category-E quarters, meant only for ministers, under the Bihar Legislative Assembly Quarter Allotment Rule, 2000.

      P K Shahi, Chandra Mauli Chaurasia, Kaushal Kumar Singh, Kaushal Kumar Jha, MK Ambastha and Subodh Kumar also represented the state government, Bihar legislative assembly and state building construction department while Abhinav Srivastava, Bindhyachal Singh, Raushan Kumar, Apurva Roy, Ujjwal Bhushan and Smriti Singh represented the petitioners.

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        421 anti-erosion flood projects nearing completion: Rajiv Ranjan Singh

        TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 13:40 IST

        PATNA: State water resources department (WRD) minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh said in the state assembly on Thursday that the department would complete 421 anti-erosion and flood fighting schemes by June 5, after which the flying squads will conduct intensive on-the-spot inspections to assess the quality of work performed.

        “If the quality of work is found to be sub-standard, action will be taken against the engineers and executing agencies concerned. The flying squads will complete the inspection work before the onset of monsoon,” Singh said.

        He added a Rs 90.97 crore project has been prepared to save Sitabdiara village in Saran district, the birthplace of Jayaprakash Narayan, from floods. Singh said this while giving reply to the House debate on the WRD budget of Rs 3,497.38 crore, which was passed. RJD member Bhola Yadav had moved the cut motion to initiate the debate, while RJD, Congress and CPI(ML) members walked out of the House during Singh’s reply.

        The minister said the WRD would soon start implementing the phase-III of Bagmati embankment construction project, whose completion will go a long way in saving Begusarai, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Samastipur districts from annual flood menace.

        He said the World Bank-aided Mathematical Modelling Centre of Excellence would come up near the Birpur Kosi barrage in Supaul district by November this year. “The centre will help in giving advance warning or alert regarding the flow of water in the downstream of the Kosi during flood season,” the minister added.

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          Patna DM summoned over illegal industrial units

          Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Mar 10, 2018, 02:00 IST
          PATNA: The Patna high court on Friday pulled up the district administration for failing to execute its earlier order of removing iron chest and almirah manufacturing units operating illegally from Alamganj and Sultanganj localities of Patna City.

          A Patna high court division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Salimullah and Saroj Kumar, asked the Patna DM to appear before it on March 13 and give an explanation as to why the district administration failed to close down these illegal units.

          In its counter affidavit submitted in the court on December 19 last year, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) had stated that the illegal industrial units in Patna City are creating massive pollution in the area. According to the ambient air monitoring report submitted by the BSPCB, particulate matter (PM10) at five out of six places in Patna City between November 28 and December 2 was found to be much higher than the standard limit of 100.

          In Alamganj, PM10 level was 453 between 10am and 2pm on December 2. PM10 levels at Nawgarhwa Road, Lala Ka Maidan, Pallavi Nagar and Alabapur were also much higher than the prescribed limit. The BSPCB had provided names and locations of 94 illegal iron chest and almirah manufacturing units which are running in Alamganj and Sultanganj localities.

          The court had given six weeks’ time to the Patna DM to take action in this regard. Later, the deadline was extended to February 2 this year. However, the district administration has so far not taken any action against these units.

          Advocates Hansa Jha and Deepak Kumar appeared on behalf of the petitioners during the hearing on Friday. HC summons Bhojpur DM for contempt of court: The division bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi and Justice Nilu Agrawal has summoned Bhojpur DM on March 23 in a contempt of court petition filed for failure to remove encroachment from a water body in Tarari circle of the district.

          The contempt petition was filed by one Ram Awadesh Singh of Sadeha village of Tarari block on June 29, 2017. Singh had filed a PIL on January 20, 2014 for removal of encroachment from 3.62 acre of government land with a water body. The court on March 6, 2014 had ordered for removal of the encroachment and restoring the water body. However, the district administration failed to remove the encroachment.

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            Metro rail project DPR next month, work to start this year

            TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 02:00 IST
            PATNA: The detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail project would be ready next month and construction work is likely to begin this year itself, state urban development and housing department minister Suresh Sharma said in the assembly on Tuesday.

            National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna and Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) are preparing the DPR in the backdrop of the Centre’s new guidelines. NIT-Patna has been asked to prepare the comprehensive mobility plan and alternative analysis report as well.

            “The DPR will be submitted to the Centre for clearance in April and work will begin this year itself,” Sharma said while replying to the House debate on his department’s Rs4,413 crore budget. The opposition staged walkout.

            Regarding the four ‘Smart Cities’ (Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna and Biharsharif), Sharma said special purpose vehicle (SPV) has already been constituted and Rs382 crore has been allotted for carrying out work in Bhagalpur, which was the first city in Bihar selected by the Centre under the plan. Projects and schemes worth Rs1,000 crore would be implemented in each of the four Smart Cities over five years, he added.

            The minister said work on the inter-state bus terminus at Patna was going on at the cost of Rs302.34 crore. Besides, the government has sanctioned bus stands in 39 urban areas and the construction of 18 bus stands had been completed with expenditure of Rs60.33 crore. Work on 13 other bus stands has been going on with plan expenditure of Rs42.31 crore.

            Sharma said a team of engineers has been sent to Gorakhpur to study the use of traditional crematorium there as its device generates less pollution. The Gorakhpur model would be installed from the next fiscal in the cities having more than 5 lakh population and the other cities would be covered in the second phase.

            Besides, the government has sanctioned one multipurpose Samrat Ashok Bhawan (SAB) in each of the 55 urban centres identified and construction would begin this fiscal in 17 of them. One model SAB is to cost Rs1.39 crore.

            In his reply to another House debate on the public health and engineering department (PHED) budget of Rs3,032 crore, its minister Vinod Narayan Jha said the villages identified as having arsenic and fluoride contamination in groundwater would be provided pure and safe drinking water by the end of 2018-19, and those having iron contamination would have it by 2020 end.


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              Rs100cr for Patna smart city project

              TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 03:42 IST
              Patna: The state cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs100 crore for Patna smart city project.

              Patna was included in the list of 100 cities under the Centre’s Smart City mission in June last year. Schemes under the Patna smart city project involve an estimated expenditure of over Rs2700 crore. Spanish firm Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL has been selected by the Patna Municipal Corporation as the management consultant for the smart city project.

              In another major decision, the cabinet approved the proposal to pay 13 months’ salary in a year to home guard jawans on the lines of salary to Bihar police personnel.

              The cabinet also sanctioned Rs57 crore for Gopalganj police centre and approved 272 more beds in the Bihar State Institute of Mental Health and Allied Sciences at Koelwar in Bhojpur district.

              The state government also decided to extend the service of 103 junior engineers in PHED by one year. All these engineers are working on contract.

              In another decision, the cabinet sanctioned 192 educational and 138 non-educational posts in engineering colleges in Nalanda, Sitamarhi and Madhepura.

              The cabinet approved total 25 proposals received from different departments.

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                Gaya DM orders crackdown against illegal sand miners

                Confirming the DM’s directive, district mining officer Manoj Ambastha said the department was aware of the illegal activities of sand mining in Barachatti police station area and quarrying in prohibited Bhalua riverTNN | March 15, 2018, 13:30 IST

                GAYA: Taking note of the ongoing illegal sand mining operations in Barachatti police station area of the district, district magistrate Abhishek Singh has directed the mining department officials to launch a crackdown against sand mafia.

                Confirming the DM’s directive, district mining officer Manoj Ambastha said the department was aware of the illegal activities of sand mining in Barachatti police station area and quarrying in prohibited Bhalua river. Ambastha said that two vehicles laden with illegally mined sand were seized on Tuesday. Claiming that the department has never been lax in reining in the culprits, the official said raids were conducted and eight trucks and one tractor loaded with sand were seized in the recent past.

                Asked about reports that the local police was hand- in-glove with the sand mafia, Ambastha said he cannot say anything in this matter. “Many officers including the area DSP have been very cooperative. The department works in coordination with the police,” he added.

                Sources said that vehicles clandestinely carrying sand are invariably overloaded. These overloaded trucks also cause considerable damage to roads. Earlier, SSP Garima Malik said if involvement of the local police in illegal sand mining comes to light, punishment would be meted out to the wrong doing cop.


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                  Demolition notice: Foreign monasteries still to reply

                  Abdul Qadir| TNN | Mar 16, 2018, 01:00 IST
                  GAYA: None of the 15 foreign monasteries in Bodh Gaya, which were served demolition notices by Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat in the last week of February for violation of building bylaws and several other norms, has given any reply even after the expiry of a weeklong response time.

                  Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat executive officer Sushil Kumar said notices were issued to 23 foreign monasteries based in Bodh Gaya. “We have received response from eight of the notice recipients. The remaining 15 monasteries have so far maintained silence on the issue,” Kumar said.

                  Asked about follow up actions, the executive officer said the response of the monasteries was being observed. “Some monasteries like Mahabodhi Society were very old and came into existence much before the implementation of building laws. These monasteries will be spared demolition or other penal action,” said Kumar.

                  He added that three options are available with the monastery managers with respect to the demolition notices. “They can either get the buildings regularised by paying a penalty of Rs 2000 per square meter or voluntarily demolish the illegal constructions. In the last case, the government will intervene to enforce the building laws. Nonetheless, it is a sensitive issue as it involves foreign relations,” Kumar said.

                  The official, however, added that no concrete evidence of monasteries indulging in commercial activities has so far surfaced. “Action cannot be taken if monasteries offer accommodation to visitors on the basis of voluntary donation and no fixed room tariff,” he said.

                  Violation of Foreigners Act makes it mandatory for accommodation providers including hotels, guest houses and monasteries to furnish personal details of the foreigners staying in their facility and the information has to be submitted online through Form C.

                  “Some instances of violation have come to light and police case has been instituted against the violators. The information regarding name, nationality, passport number, Visa details, purpose of visit and likely duration of stay of foreign visitors is to be provided to the SSP,” Kumar said.


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                    Bihar govt asks DMs to include left out families in PMAY

                    In the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) of 2011, 65.68 lakh families had been enlisted for the then Indira Awas Yojana (now PMAY), but the Centre said it could support the housing scheme only for 39.76 lakh familiesTNN | March 16, 2018, 15:30 IST

                    PATNA: State rural development department (RDD) minister Shrawan Kumar said in the state assembly on Thursday that all the DMs concerned have been asked to prepare the list of families which have been left out of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY), so that their claims under rural housing programme could be taken up with the Centre.

                    In the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) of 2011, 65.68 lakh families had been enlisted for the then Indira Awas Yojana (now PMAY), but the Centre said it could support the housing scheme only for 39.76 lakh families.

                    While the list of 39.76 lakh families have been endorsed by the Gram Sabhas and their houses are being constructed under PMAY, the state government will plead with the Centre that the housing claims of the remaining families are also taken up.

                    The RDD minister was giving the government’s reply to the House debate on his department’s budgetary demand of Rs 15,471.04 crore for 2018-19. The House passed the budget, even as the opposition members from RJD, Congress and CPI (ML) staged a walkout.

                    Earlier, rural works minister Shailesh Kumar, while presenting his department’s budget, said the state government’s target is to give road connectivity to all the human habitations in the state by 2020. His department’s budgetary demand for 2018-19 was Rs 10,508.54 crore.

                    Meanwhile, minister for revenue and land reforms Ram Narain Mandal said in the state assembly in the pre-lunch session that the ‘tapu’ (diara land of rivers like Ganga, Kosi and Gandak) are government land and the ‘ryots’ or any private person cannot lay claim of ownership on them.

                    Giving the government’s reply to the short notice question of BJP member Mithilesh Tiwary and supplementary questions of other members, including Prahlad Yadav of the RJD, the minister said the government was in the process surveying diara land. “The rules are being framed in the light of the existing laws and ruling of the courts, including that of the apex court,” the minister added.


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                      ED attaches property worth Rs 68 lakh of Maoist Pradyuman's family

                      Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Mar 19, 2018, 20:38 IST PATNA: In yet another step to crack down on the financial sources of Maoists in Bihar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached property estimated to be of worth around Rs 68 lakh owned by family members of notorious Maoist leaders Pradyuman Sharma and his brother Pramod Sharma in Rustampur village under Hulasganj police station area in Jehanabad district.

                      Pradyuman, wanted in 51 Maoists cases, carries a reward of Rs 50,000 declared by Bihar government and is in-charge of CPI (Maoist) special area committee (SAC). His brother Pramod Sharma is also a dreaded Maoist.

                      ED sources said six plots worth at least Rs 26.62 lakh owned by Pramod’s wife Shanti Devi were attached.

                      “In addition to this, another plot of worth around Rs 3.89 lakh in the name on Pramod’s two sons Barun Kumar and Tarun Kumar and one more plot in the name of Pramod worth Rs 1.17 lakh was also attached,” ED sources said.

                      Apart from the plot, a house worth Rs 35.47 lakh, a sport bike registered in the name of Barun which was purchased paying cash and several bank accounts in the name of Pramod, Shanti and Barun were also attached by ED officials on Monday.

                      This is the second major crackdown against Maoist leaders in Bihar. Earlier in February, ED had attached property worth at least Rs 86 lakh of Sandeep Yadav.

                      Sandeep is wanted in 88 Maoist cases and carries a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head declared by Bihar goverment. He is in-charge of Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJ-SAC). His brother Dhanik Lal Mandal is also a Maoists. Both Pradyuman and Sandeep are evading arrest.

                      ED sources said that investigation against properties amassed by one more dreaded Maoist Musafir Sahni, who was arrested from Muzaffarpur from May 11 last year, was going on.

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