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    9 cities to get sound meters

    Ayesha Hassan| TNN | May 16, 2018, 01:00 IST

    PATNA: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) will soon install permanent sound level meters in nine cities across the state to monitor noise pollution. Patna already has five such meters at various locations.

    A sound level meter is an instrument used to assess noise or sound levels by measuring sound pressure.

    “The pollution control board has planned to expand the network of sound meters to cover nine more cities in the state that have divisional headquarters or other cities that have urban local bodies such as municipal corporations,” BSPCB scientist S N Jaiswal told this reporter on Tuesday.

    Experts are of the opinion that three-wheelers are one of the main reasons for noise pollution in Patna. “Other reasons include constant honking by motorists, use of generator sets and construction activities without barriers,” BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said.

    According to Ghosh, plants can greatly reduce unwanted noise. Thick, fleshy leaves, stems, branches and wood effectively absorb sound.

    The BSPCB chairman cited an example to curb noise pollution in a Patna City area. “Residents of a neighbourhood in Patna City complained that a group of traders building almirahs had been causing a lot of trouble to them due to the constant noise. They refused to relocate claiming that they had been operating at the location prior to the residential area came up. So, we soundproofed their area of work utilizing straw and sandbags,” he said.








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      State transfers 3 power plants to NTPC on lease for 30 years

      PATNA: The state government on Tuesday handed over three of its power generation plants to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd on 30-year lease. The plants are Barauni Thermal Power Station (BTPS), Kanti Bijli Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) and Nabinagar Power Generating Company Limited (NPGCL).

      A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd managing director R Lakshmanan and NTPC director (commercial) A K Gupta in the presence of chief minister Nitish Kumar and Union minister of state for power R K Singh. NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh was also present. The state cabinet on April 17 had approved the transfer of the three plants to NTPC.

      Energy department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit said the transfer of the three plants would save the state Rs875.06 crore annually and the amount would be used in providing cheaper and uninterrupted power to the people.

      “Being the biggest power generation company, NTPC is capable of efficiently operating the three coal-based thermal power plants. Besides, coal will be available to these plants at cheaper rates as NTPC gets subsidy on coal procurement for its plants. Also, loans at cheaper interest rates from market are available to NTPC, which will again financially benefit the operation of these plants,” Pratyaya explained.

      BTPS has two functional units (6 and 7) with 110MW capacity each while its two extension units (8 and 9) having the capacity of 250MW each are likely to be made functional soon. Bihar gets 100% electricity produced from all BTPS plants.

      Similarly, KBUNL has two functional units (1 and 2) with 110MW capacity each while its two extension units (3 and 4) having 195MW capacity each are to start commercial production soon. Bihar gets 100% electricity produced from the existing units and to get 75% from the two extension units.

      NPGCL, on the other hand, has three functional units having 660MW capacity each. Bihar gets 78% of the electricity produced from this plant while the remaining 22% goes to other states.

      Elaborating on the financial benefits of the lease, Lakshmanan said: “The rate at which the state government buys electricity from these plants for supplying to different categories of consumers will reduce substantially with lower cost of production. Accordingly, the state will be able to save Rs684.07 crore per year on procuring electricity from the four BTPS units, Rs54.69 crore from the KBUNL units and Rs136.30 crore from the NPGCL. This will ultimately reflect in cheaper power availability for different categories of consumers.”

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        Civic body steps in to spray water on roads

        TNN | May 17, 2018, 02:00 IST
        PATNA: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started spraying water through tankers on city streets at night and in the early morning hours since last week in order to curb air pollution.

        Water spraying on roads is part of the action plan of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) released last week. Dust particles have been found to be one of the biggest reasons for air pollution in Patna which was recently declared the fifth most polluted city by the World Health Organisation.

        “The drive will be conducted in all four circles of the PMC — New capital, Patna City, Kankerbagh and Bankipore. One tanker with a capacity of carrying around 5,000 litres of water is being used in areas like Nala Road, Rajendra Nagar overbridge and Bailey Road,” municipal secretary Abdul Hamid said on Wednesday.

        According to Patna mayor Sita Sahu, the civic body will soon procure mechanical sweeping machines to curb air pollution. “We are spraying water on roads as a temporary measure to curb air pollution due to dust particles. We are planning to procure six mechanical sweeping machines that will ensure systematic cleaning of roads,” she said.

        Explaining how the sweeping machines work, municipal commissioner Keshav Ranjan Prasad told this reporter, “The diesel-operated machines with inbuilt water carriers will spray water and sweep roads easily. The small lanes and congested areas of the city will, however, be cleaned manually.”

        The water spraying drive is likely to continue for another month.





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          Work on airport’s new terminal building to begin from October

          Faryal Rumi| TNN | May 17, 2018, 02:00 IST
          PATNA: The Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport authorities are taking several temporary measures to address the issue of space constraint till the new terminal building comes up. Work on the building will begin from October this year.

          In an interactive session with the officials of Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Bihar Industries Association in Patna on Wednesday, Lahauria JPNI director Rajender Singh Lahauria discussed the challenges and the ongoing development works to manage the passengers’ flow for the next three years.

          “The Patna airport’s terminal building is very old and was originally designed to handle 7 lakh passengers per year. However, it is handling passengers more than three times its capacity. We have proposed several facilities for improving services and flight operations,” Lahauria said and added the airport, which had four parking bays for departure and arrival of flights every day, would soon have two more.

          In terms of flyer growth, the Patna airport has ranked 12th among other airports in India in the 2017-18 fiscal. As per the economy survey of Bihar for the 2017-18 fiscal, the number of passengers flying from the airport increased from 1.76 lakh in 2004-05 to 21.12 lakh in 2016-17.

          Deliberating on the steps being taken for decongesting the existing terminal building, Lahauria said, “A temporary pre-fabricated structure with a seating capacity of 200 passengers has been erected in front of the terminal building. The work for the expansion of security hold area on the first floor is also in the process,” explained Lahauria with the help of a live demonstration on the proposal for the development plan.






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            Land hunt begins for stadium in Gaya

            Abdul Qadir| TNN | May 17, 2018, 01:00 IST
            GAYA: Land hunt for a 25 acre plot has begun for construction of a mega state-of-the-art stadium with synthetic turf and other facilities in Gaya. The stadium is estimated to cost about Rs100 crore.

            District magistrate Abhishek Singh said the land was the only issue for the stadium. “Once a suitable plot of land is available, the government will provide funds for the multi-purpose stadium,” said the DM.

            Virtually ruling out stadium construction near the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) premises on Panchanpur village, the DM said the place is too far from Gaya town and as such the very purpose of its establishment will be defeated.

            “The purpose is to promote sports culture, provide international standard facilities to sports persons for training and skill development and make the place capable of hosting sport events of national and international standard,” the DM said.

            Locals said that Panchanpur used to have a large air strip developed during the Second World War. The 800 acre area stood abandoned since the end of the world war. Old timers recall that refugees from erstwhile east Pakistan (present Bangladesh) were accommodated in makeshift tents erected on the land in 1971. The defence ministry which owns the land transferred 300 acres for establishment of Central University of South Bihar (CUSB). The remaining 500 acres is slated to be available for public use.

            Asked about the availability of land in Bhusunda on the eastern outskirts of Gaya town, the DM said enough land was not available there.








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              Anti-encroachment drive in Gaya soon

              TNN | May 17, 2018, 01:00 IST
              GAYA: The Gaya district administration and police will soon launch an extensive anti-encroachment drive to regulate traffic and end the unending snarls in Gaya town.

              Gaya Sadar SDO Suraj Kumar Sinha informed that the drive will begin this weekend. In the initial stage, the drive will be launched on GB Road, KP Road, Dak Bungalow Road, Ramna Road and Swarajpuri Road among several other areas. “We have also received complaints of extortion from vendors. Shop owners levy charges on vendors for allowing them to do business on footpath in front of their respective establishments,” said SDO Sinha.

              As per the recent report submitted by the SDO to Gaya district magistrate suggesting a new traffic plan, more roads would be brought under one-way mode. As of now, one way rules are applied only on GB Road and Ramna Road. Here too, the implementation has been slow and violations are common.

              Sources said there is shortage of trained traffic personnel and deployment of homeguard jawans for traffic control.









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                ‘Bridge corporation gets work outside state’

                PATNA: Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) has been allotted work by the central government agencies and other state governments also, state road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav said on Wednesday.

                He said after successful bidding, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has allotted work order to BRPNNL to construct 3km-long flyover at a cost of Rs129.30 crore in Kishanganj district.


                Besides, BRPNNL has also been allotted work regarding the construction of hospitals of employees’ state insurance corporation (ESIC) at Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur, which would entail an expenditure of Rs300 crore, Yadav said. The minster said the corporation has also been preparing tender to bid for the construction of four major projects worth Rs1,386.43 crore in Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.


                Yadav said under the RJD rule before 2005, BRPNNL was a loss-making body and the then government had decided to close it down. However, under the NDA rule, it turned into a profit-making organization, he added.


                Till now, the state undertaking has completed 2,000 major projects of which 1,700 pertained to the last ten years only, the minister said. He also said in the backdrop of the sustained success of the corporation and profits made by it, CM Nitish Kumar felt it should also take up works in other states.


                Accordingly, BRPNNL started bidding for work in other states. A separate business development cell headed by a retired chief engineer was set up for that, Yadav said, adding that this body would monitor the work undertaken from NHAI at Kishanganj or with regard to the construction of the two ESIC hospitals.

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                  Engineers to review construction projects

                  TNN | May 18, 2018, 02:00 IST

                  PATNA: Days after collapse of a flyover under construction at Varanasi in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Thursday constituted a team of 40 engineers to conduct a special five-day inspection of ongoing road, bridge and flyover projects from May 21 to May 25.

                  State road construction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav said the engineers would also review the quality of materials being used in the ongoing projects. “The team will comprise chief engineers and other officials from road construction department. They will inspect 500 roads, bridges and flyovers which are under construction in the state,” Yadav said.

                  The minister said the engineers would assess whether the projects fulfil the prescribed standards or not. “The load bearing capacity of roads should be enough to handle the flow of traffic,” he added.

                  “A special online system has been introduced where the engineers can submit the status of the project. Once the inspection is completed, the engineers will submit hard copies of the reports and steps will be taken accordingly. For minor defects, contractors concerned will be asked to initiate corrective measures and raise the quality of work. However, if the defects are found to be major, the contactors concerned will be suspended from work,” the minister added.







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                    Meet to discuss Science City project begins

                    TNN | Updated: May 18, 2018, 06:55 IST
                    An artist's view of the proposed design of Science City in Patna

                    PATNA: The three-day exhibit expert committee meeting, organised by the department of science and technology (DST) department, began here on Thursday. Officials of the department said the Science City at Rajendra Nagar would be thrown open to the public by 2020.

                    Principal secretary of DST Anshuli Arya said, “The expert committee will discuss five different concepts in three days – basic science, body and mind, learning space, environment sustainability and space and astronomy. More than 100 exhibits will be finalized for display at Science City under these five categories. Besides, a special gallery – ‘Be a scientist’ – will also be there for the budding scientists who aim to explore scientific theories and concepts. Children will be allowed to do experimental and recreational activities in this gallery.”

                    Arya added the gallery will have digital, mechanical, electromechanical, hybrid digital mechanical, audio and light immersion exhibits.

                    Manas Bihari Verma, retired scientist of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), said, “The theme will include ancient astronomy, modern astronomy and space exploration with a telescope terrace for observing the sky.”

                    A D Chaudhary, director of the Science City, Kolkata, said, “The proposed Science City at Rajendra Nagar will be one of the most advanced science cities in the country. It will be equipped with latest technology. Through fancy learning outside the classrooms, students can learn more about robotics, nanotechnology, space, life sciences and human body.”

                    The architectural design has been finalized for the project. Erika Kiessner, content, interactive and technology director of GSM, a UK-based management firm, said, “The proposed Science City will be a two-storied building with five activity centres, four primary galleries, laboratories, data analytics centre, a kitchen and a dormitory with a capacity to accommodate 200 students.”

                    “The Science City will come up on 20.48 acres of land in Patna with an estimated expenditure of Rs 397 crore. The construction work will start within the next three months. The tender is expected to be floated in the first week of June. Work to construct boundary wall for the building has already completed,” said Atul Sinha, director of DST, adding the project, which was conceptualised in 2013, got delayed due to hurdles coming in way of land acquisition.







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                      Four erring real estate firms get RERA notices

                      Faryal Rumi| TNN | Updated: May 18, 2018, 06:58 IST
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                      PATNA: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Bihar, has issued show-cause notices to four companies attached to Agrani Group, a real estate company, for non-registration of ongoing projects in and around Patna.

                      The companies which received the notices include Agrani Homes Private Limited, Agrani Homes Real Services Private Limited, Agrani Homes Real Marketing Private Limited and Agrani Homes Real Construction Private Limited.

                      The RERA has also issued show-cause notices to two Agrani Group firms for providing incorrect information regarding ongoing projects in their applications. The firms have been asked to explain why their registrations should not be revoked as per the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.

                      RERA Bihar chairman Afzal Amanullah said notices were issued to the builders and promoters under Section 7 (revocation of registration) of RERA Act, following complaints by the customers that the promoters have not even commenced the project despite taking the payment 4-5 years ago.

                      “Some ongoing projects are pending for more than four years. The Agrani Group has been handling more than 40 projects and most of them have not been completed yet,” Amanullah said.

                      Rajiva Bhushan Sinha, a member of RERA Bihar, said the Agrani Group has applied for registration of only 12 of its 40 projects.

                      Section 59 of RERA Act implies that promoter shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend up to three years or with fine that may extend up to a further 10% of the estimated cost of the real estate project or with both.

                      RERA member Sinha said complaints have been received against other builders as well. “We are reviewing the complaints. Stern action will be taken against the builders if they are found guilty of violating the norms,” he added.









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