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    Eviction drive on city bypass begins today

    TNN | May 11, 2018, 02:00 IST

    PATNA: A three-day special anti-encroachment drive will be carried out from Mahatma Gandhi Setu to Zero Mile on bypass road from Friday. The decision was taken by district magistrate Kumar Ravi, who held a meeting with SSP Manu Maharaaj, traffic SP P N Mishra, Patna City SDO Rajesh Roshan, motor vehicle inspectors and officials of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC).

    The DM said all the illegal temporary structures would be removed and the errant people fined between Rs 500 and Rs 10,000. “The PMC officials of Kankerbagh and Patna City circles will confiscate overloaded trucks and trucks under Section 194 of the Motor Vehicles Act,” he added.

    The DM directed the PMC officials to take stern action against the illegal encroachers. “Several illegal hotels, dhabas, garages, godowns and other illegal structures have come up on bypass road, obstructing vehicular movement,” Ravi said, adding police constables will be deployed near schools on bypass road.

    The DM said the anti-encroachment drive will be carried out in presence of local police constables.







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      ‘Anti-pollution plans inadequate’

      TNN | Updated: May 12, 2018, 08:27 IST Representative image

      PATNA: The Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) on Friday questioned the credibility of the National Clean Air Programme’s (NCAP) concept note that was released by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change last month.

      Addressing a press conference here, CEED chief executive officer (CEO) Ramapati Kumarsaid the concept note, seeking to reduce pollution by 50% in 100 cities across the country in five years, was “inadequate” and “limited”.

      “Air pollution knows no boundaries. Of the 4,000 cities and towns in India, why has the focus been shifted to only 100? What about the rest of them?” asked Kumar.

      The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change has uploaded the NCAP’s concept note to its website and invited comments from various stakeholders by May 17.

      According to CEED programme director Abhishek Pratap, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) — the country’s apex pollution monitoring and control body — has identified at least 94 non-attainment cities that are guilty of flouting particulate matter norms.

      “Surprisingly, not a single city of Bihar, where air pollution is an equally crucial problem, has been included in the list. While the NCAP will be implemented in 15 cities of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, we will not avail the benefits of the national level programme. Did the CBCP not consult the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) while preparing the list?” Pratap asked and urged the state government to get in touch with the Centre immediately.

      Kumar and Pratap also pointed out that the NCAP might not be able to handle the problem of air pollution with the “required urgency”. They said, “We have multiple laws, rules and regulations to control pollution, but most of them are poorly implemented.”

      ‘City needs 20 more monitoring stations’: CEED CEO Ramapati Kumar welcomed the clean air action plan envisaged by the BSPCB for reducing air pollution in Patna. It includes phasing out 15-year-old vehicles, introducing clean fuel and banning registration of diesel-driven autorickshaws. He, however, urged the government to increase the number of air quality monitoring stations in the state capital.

      “For more accurate data, we need at least 20 monitoring stations in the city alone. Although it is a costly affair, low-cost indigenous monitoring stations can also serve the purpose,” said Kumar.








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        Underground cable at Maurya Lok soon

        PATNA: The empowered standing committee of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday decided to get underground power cables laid at Maurya Lok Complex from June-end.

        “The hanging dilapidated overhead wires will be replaced. The bidding process will begin immediately and the work will start by the end of June,” said deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand after the meeting. He also said the ongoing drainage- cleaning works as part of the monsoon preparedness was also reviewed in the meeting. “The desilting work is expected to be over by June 15,” Vishal said.

        PMC’s municipal secretary Abdul Hamid said other agendas in the meeting included the construction of an official-cum- commercial complex at Arya Kumar Road near Machhua Toli and procuring more cleanliness equipment among others. Sources said the proposed complex is slated to come up over an area of 52 kattha.

        Chief engineer Ashok Kumar said, “The state urban development and housing department has been requested to provide transaction adviser on public-private-partnership mode for execution of the project.”

        Another senior official of PMC said, “Currently, the committee is focused on reviewing the progress of pending works, instead of passing new projects.”

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          Construction of road along Digha-Danapur canal over

          PATNA: The Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL) recently completed the construction work of a ten- metre-wide road along the western embankment of Digha-Danapur canal.

          The road also passes underneath the Digha-AIIMS elevated road that connects NH-98 near AIIMS to Digha (on the Ganga Path) at Patna.

          “The 10.6km road embankment can serve as the best option for people travelling from AIIMS at Phulwarisharif, Bailey Road and Digha. It is of four lanes for 2km from AIIMS and the remaining stretch is of two lanes that also connects to Ashok Rajpath, one of the most congested roads in Patna,” a BSRDCL official said on Thursday.

          The road will serve as an alternative for Digha-AIIMS elevated road as the elevated structure does not have any intermediate connectivity, he said.

          Giving details of the project, the official said the contract was allotted to Mumbai-based Gammon India Limited and the work that began in September 2016 was completed on April 19 this year. The Rs 124-crore project was funded by the BSRDCL, he said and added street lights have been installed along the entire stretch.

          Locals are delighted. “This road is a boon for people travelling from Digha to Phulwarisharif and vice versa. We earlier had to take a circuitous route via Danapur or Bailey Road to reach either side. The travel time and distance have also reduced drastically,” said Pratysh Kumar of Ashiana Nagar.

          Trader Nihar Hissariya nodded. “The vehicular inflow on Digha- Danapur and Ashiana-Danapur roads has increased following the opening of the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge. As such, there was an urgent need of an alternate road to avoid congestion of vehicles,” Nihar said.

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            Underground cable at Maurya Lok soon

            TNN | May 12, 2018, 02:00 IST

            PATNA: The empowered standing committee of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday decided to get underground power cables laid at Maurya Lok Complexfrom June-end.

            “The hanging dilapidated overhead wires will be replaced. The bidding process will begin immediately and the work will start by the end of June,” said deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand after the meeting. He also said the ongoing drainage- cleaning works as part of the monsoon preparedness was also reviewed in the meeting. “The desilting work is expected to be over by June 15,” Vishal said.

            PMC’s municipal secretary Abdul Hamid said other agendas in the meeting included the construction of an official-cum- commercial complex at Arya Kumar Road near Machhua Toli and procuring more cleanliness equipment among others. Sources said the proposed complex is slated to come up over an area of 52 kattha.

            Chief engineer Ashok Kumar said, “The state urban development and housing department has been requested to provide transaction adviser on public-private-partnership mode for execution of the project.”

            Another senior official of PMC said, “Currently, the committee is focused on reviewing the progress of pending works, instead of passing new projects.”








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              Plan to install water meters in city for free

              TNN | May 13, 2018, 02:00 IST

              PATNA: Water meters will be installed in houses and organizations in the state capital under the area based development (ABD) scheme for free, announced Patna divisional commissioner-cum-chairperson of the Patna Smart City project, Anand Kishor, on Friday.

              Luis Frauca, the director of Spanish firm Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL, which is the management consultant for the Smart City project and also the director of cities and innovation and technology, discussed about the water supply smart solution at a meeting held with Kishor and others here on Friday.

              Under the ABD plan, smart meters will be installed in every household and organization of the city. The smart meter distribution network will consist of GPS-enabled sensors that will monitor the water supply. The GPS sensors would provide real-time status of the distribution that would be monitored through an Integrated Command and Control System (ICCC). Not only the supply of water will be monitored, but the system will also analyse the quality of water, like the pH value, dissolvent, chlorine content and purity of water, depending on which the related problems could be resolved easily.

              The benefits of this smart metering system includes optimization of billing of water use, detection of quantification of leaks and efficient water management. The data would be available to SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) Control Centre. “The deployed team can take proactive measures and decisions on the basis of real-time data available on a single dashboard,” said Kishor. He added that this system would also help in detecting various waterborne diseases that are harmful for the people consuming it.

              Frauca and Kishor also discussed about the other ongoing schemes under smart city project such as riverfront development project, command and control centre and railway network development. Frauca said the additional manpower required would be provided by the company for pacing up the work.










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                Digha-AIIMS elevated road gets December date

                TNN | Updated: May 13, 2018, 07:16 IST
                The Digha-AIIMS elevated corridor under construction in Patna.

                PATNA: The Digha-AIIMSelevated corridor, the completion of which is delayed by nine months now, is expected to be thrown open for vehicular movement by December.

                The construction of 12.27km two-lane semi-elevated and four- lane elevated highway began in November 2013 and was targeted to end by September 16, 2017. The Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL), an executing agency of the road construction department, had given the contract for this Rs 1,231-crore project to Gammon India Pvt Ltd.

                The elevated structure starts from NH-98 near AIIMS to terminate at Digha rail-cum-road bridge at the junction of Ganga Path.

                According to a BSRDCL official, 86% of the work has been completed. He attributed the delay in completion of the project to land acquisition issues. “A private body was claiming to own a part of the land at Digha, where the elevation is supposed to descend. The case is pending in the Patna high, and we are expecting the matter to be resolved in another month,” said the official.

                He also informed this reporter on Thursday that earlier the railways had an issue with the approval of the design of the super structure at Khagaul (Patna-Delhi line), but they partially cleared the project last month. A final clearance is still awaited, however.

                “Once we get the final clearance, it won’t take more than three months to make it fully operational for commuters,” the BSRDCL office said, adding the construction work was also interrupted at Digha due to a high tension wire over the railway tracks.

                A first-of-its-kind project in Patna, the elevated road project will connect the road-deck of Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge on the north-western corner of Patna with AIIMS-Patna at Phulwarisharif. Starting from AIIMS-Patna, the first 2km of the road has two lanes on a semi-elevated structure. Thereafter, the entire stretch is of four lanes.

                The elevated road will prove a boon for commuters coming from north Bihar through Digha-Sonepur bridge. It will also act as a freeway for vehicles between Deedarganj and Digha.

                The elevated corridor will have connectivity with NH-30, NH-9, Ganga Path and NH-19. “It will serve as the best option for people coming from NH-98 junction at AIIMS or from Phuwarisharif, and going to Sonepur. The travel time will be reduced to half,” the official said.













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                  Sand, stone-laden vehicles to be banned on Gandhi setu

                  PATNA: Vehicles carrying sand and stone aggregates will not be allowed to ply on the dilapidated Mahatma Gandhi Setu on the Ganga. The ban will become effective within a week.

                  Such vehicles, mostly trucks and tractors, will now have to go through either newly constructed Ara-Chhapra bridge or Rajendra Setu at Mokama.

                  Also, the pontoon bridge under the Mahatma Gandhi Setu will remain open round the clock. As of now, vehicles are allowed to pass through it only from 6am to 6pm.

                  These decisions were taken at a meeting convened by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on Monday. It was attended by Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj and SPs of Vaishali, Saran and Bhojpur districts.

                  Road construction department principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena told TOI it was also decided that heavy vehicles would be allowed to ply on the JP Setu from 10pm to 5am on a pilot basis.

                  As of now, heavy vehicles are not allowed on the JP Setu between Digha and Sonepur. Vehicular movement commenced on it on June 11 last year.

                  Meena said a DSP and two inspectors each would be deployed for regulating vehicular movement on the Mahatma Gandhi Setu and JP Setu.

                  Chief secretary Singh said such measures were to ensure that the ongoing rehabilitation work on the Mahatma Gandhi Setu was not affected.

                  The superstructure of 35-year-old Mahatma Gandhi Setu is being demolished and triangular steel girders are proposed be erected under the rehabilitation work.

                  Bhumi pujan of four-lane road

                  Union minister Ashwini Choubey and state road construction minister Nand Kishor Yadav presided over the bhumi pujan ceremony of four-laning of Bhojpur- Buxar section of Patna-Buxar NH- 84, at Buxar on Monday.

                  “PM Narendra Modi laid the stone of Patna- Buxar NH- 84 in August 2015. Work on its Patna-Koelwar and Koelwar-Buxar stretches is underway, while the bhumi pujan for Bhojpur- Buxar stretch was held on Monday,” Nand Kishor said.

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                    Dumping of drainage silt on roads hits commuters

                    TNN | Updated: May 16, 2018, 07:49 IST
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                    PATNA: The ongoing drainage cleaning work is causing inconvenience to the residents of several localities as the silt taken out from the drains has been dumped on the roads and left unattended by the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials.

                    Those driving their vehicles either attempt to squeeze into the cleaner space left on the road or divert their routes. Stench, lack of space for pedestrians, unhygienic surrounding and long traffic jams cause inconvenience to locals.

                    Local commuters pointed out that traffic issues have increased due to the ongoing drainage cleaning works. “We get stuck in traffic jams and battle the stench around since silt occupies major portion of the road,” said Vaishali Rai, who commutes through Mandiri Nala road, which has heaps of garbage all through. She said the authorities concerned are doing nothing to remove the silt taken out from the Mandiri drain around a week back.

                    PMC deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The silt taken out from the drains is in semi-liquid state. In order to smoothen its transport, we wait for around 48-72 hours for the semi-liquid waste to completely dry, depending on the amount of silt. Strict instructions have been given to all the assigned officers for removing the silt within the given time period. If any officer fails to do so, he will be liable for departmental investigation and actions.”

                    Anand said the area-wise drainage cleaning work began in the first week of April and is expected to get over by June 15. “The deadline will not be extended any further,” he added.

                    The desilting of drainage is an annual exercise conducted by PMC ahead of monsoon season to ensure that rainwater flows smoothly down the drains during rainy season.

                    “Pedestrians face the major problem as they can barely walk on the roads half occupied by the silt and the rest congested by the vehicles,” said Abhinav Kumar of Ashiana Nagar.









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                      Construction of boundary wall at Bihta airbase to start in July

                      Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 16, 2018, 02:00 IST
                      PATNA: The construction of boundary walls around the Bihta airbase would start in July as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given its nod to Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport, Patna, JPNI director Rajender Singh Lahauria said on Tuesday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for that is likely to be signed between the state government and AAI in a week or two. The state building construction department will construct the walls. “We will prepare the draft of MOU with certain terms and conditions with the consent of both the parties,” Lahauria said.

                      Patna district administration has acquired 126 acre land, out of which 108 acre had been handed over to AAI in March for developing a civil enclave with other utility buildings to operate commercial flights. The state government would develop amenities like a guesthouse for VIPs, a hotel and a hangar on the remaining 18 acre land. The AAI planned to ready the first block of the proposed civil enclave by mid- 2019.

                      Lahauria said the AAI hasn’t yet decided any specific model for the Bihta civil enclave. But it will be a two-storey terminal building equipped with modern aviation facilities. The ground floor will be used for arrival and the first floor for departure of flyers. It would also have around 14-15 aircraft parking bays. “The airport office will be constructed in the basement with enough parking space of two-wheelers and four-wheelers,” he said.

                      He said the construction work on both the Bihta civil enclave and the new terminal building at Patna airport would start simultaneously. “Our focus is to develop the Patna airport first and the construction work is likely to begin in the next four months,” Lahauria said.

                      Sources said while bigger airplanes and probably international flights would be operated from Bihta, domestic flights with small aircraft would operate from Patna.










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